Punk for Pam – Scotland’s Charity Punk Festival

Spring is in the air, the clocks have moved forward and, for the fundraising team at Waverley Care, that can only mean one thing – Punk Rock!

Over the weekend, we caught up with punk legends, GBH as they dropped into Milestone to donate cash raised at this year’s Punk for Pam festival.

It was a record-breaking year for the festival with gigs in Edinburgh and Manchester raising over £4,500 for Waverley Care. As has become tradition, the money was handed over in a bread bag!

Punk for Pam has been running for 5 years now and has raised over £15,000 to support our residential support centre, Milestone.

The annual festival is organised by GBH guitarist, Colin ‘Jock’ Blyth in memory of his sister, Pam, who was a well-known member of the punk rock community in Edinburgh. Pam was diagnosed with HIV in the early ‘80s and accessed services at Milestone. When she sadly passed away in 2011, Jock wanted to do something in her memory and, in 2012, the first Punk for Pam took place.

Since then, the festival has grown every year. It attracts punk fans from across the UK, Europe and further afield, and has seen some true icons of punk rock take to the stage in support of the cause.

The total raised since 2012, and this year in particular, is amazing. We’re hugely grateful to Jock, GBH, JGG Productions, all the bands on the bill, and everyone who went along. The event is a brilliant way to remember Pam and to support those living with HIV and Hepatitis C in Scotland.

Punk for Pam 2018 is taking place on Saturday 24 March at Studio 24 in Edinburgh. Follow the Punk for Pam Facebook page to keep up to date.