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Ealing student wins Wander Free competition

15 Jul 2011

An Ealing student has won the competition to design artwork for our charity single, Wander Free, released in partnership with pop-rockers Storey to raise awareness about mental health issues.

Alina Khakoo from Notting Hill and Ealing High School beat entrants from across west London to see her artwork chosen as the cover of the single, written especially for the Trust’s anti-stigma campaign, Open Minds.

Alina was presented with a signed framed copy of the CD, called Wander Free, by the band and a representative from the Trust at Gardonyi’s music store on St Mary’s Road, Ealing.

Storey drummer, Liam, said: “We chose Alina’s artwork because we thought it best depicted what the song was about. The artwork is fantastic, and her 100 word written submission hit the nail on the head. We hope that with Alina’s artwork as the face of our single, we’ll raise more awareness of mental health issues, and help reduce some of the stigma experienced by people with a mental illness. We’re also donating all profits from the single to the Trust’s mental health anti-stigma fund.”

On receiving the good news, Alina said: “When I found out that I had won, I was completely taken aback. I couldn’t believe that my artwork had been chosen, as all of the short listed designs were so impressive. However, it’s starting to sink in now, and I’m really excited about the single’s release.”

Megan Singleton from the Trust’s Communications and Involvement team said: “Mental illness is one of the last taboos in our society. One in four of us will experience some kind of mental health problem, and we hope this new single will help to promote better understanding and just get people talking.”

Wander Free, by Storey, is out now, and can be downloaded from iTunes. CD’s will be available to purchase soon at a range of local shops in the coming weeks (details will be listed in the Get Involved section).

Watch the music video

Check out Storey at www.storeymusic.com or search ‘Storey music’ on Facebook and Youtube.

For more information about the Open Minds campaign, please email member@wlmht.nhs.uk or call 020 8354 8325.