Welling singer's single, Just Another Week, out soon, to raise money for armed forces charity
PUBLISHED: 13:55 13 April 2017 | UPDATED: 15:18 13 April 2017
You can watch the music video for Alex Askew's song via a link at the end of this article
A Welling singer who served with the RAF in Afghanistan is releasing a single on April 23 to help raise money for an armed forces charity.
Alex Askew recorded song Just Another Week with his band Shadey Scandals after suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and soon realised its theme could appeal to others who had served in the forces.
After raising enough money to record the song - £2,500 of which came from Welling Round Table - it was recorded at London studio Animal Farm, and is ready to be released. A donation from each track sold will go to armed forces charity SSAFA.
Mr Askew told the Bexley Times: “The song was written when I was going through a low point and SSAFA helped us.
“I realised it would be relevant to anyone who had been in the same situation, so I thought it would be a good promotion for SSAFA.
“I submitted it to a music publisher, who liked it and thought it could go somewhere.”
Together with his wife Lisa, Mr Askew has been helping the charity for several years, organising the SSAFA Bandfest Charity event on Plumstead Common in 2014.
He also worked alongside Alan Titchmarsh, Eamonn Holmes, X-factor contestant Jonjo Kerr and a capella group Blake on SSAFA’s Pack Up Your Troubles campaign.
Though this is the first and only song Mr Askew, who works at a sign maker’s in Crayford, has released so far, he says “it’s always possible” he could release more.
He added: “I have a few other songs, so I won’t say never, but because the band all work full time as well.”
If he could offer advice to anyone going through PTSD, like he did, he would tell them: “Everyone goes through bad times, but you’ll come out of them, and there’s no harm in asking from help.”
The music video for Just Another Week is available to view, here.
You can keep up-to-date with the song’s progress by visiting the hashtag: #justanotherweeksong on Twitter.