I’ve been a fan of The Durutti Column for more than 30 years now, and I was very sad to hear that Vini Reilly, the man behind the “band,” has had health problems recently. So I’d like to pass on this message, that was posted on the Official Durutti Column Facebook Group by Matt Reilly, Vini’s nephew:
“My uncle – The Durutti Column’s Vini Reilly – has hit a bit of a rough patch money-wise, and is currently struggling to cover basic outgoings such as rent, food, electricity, etc.
Some of you have mentioned that you’d like to make a donation to Vini, which is incredibly kind, so we’ve been working out the best way to do that.
As Vini doesn’t have internet access, I’m going to use my PayPal account to receive any donations and forward them to his bank account.
We have looked into the PayPal situation and found out that using a donation button, as we’d previously hoped we might, results in fees being taken by PayPal even if they are personal payments.
So it seems the best way to do it is for people to just send a personal payment to my Paypal account, simply using my email address – firstname.lastname@example.org – as the ‘person’ receiving the money.
It also seems to be better to pay using your bank account rather than credit or debit cards, as that results no fee being charged.
Otherwise, it seems that about 5% of what people pay may be deducted in fees by PayPal.
Hopefully that all makes sense.
Any donation, no matter how big or small, is very gratefully received.
Thanks in advance
If you’re a fan of The Durutti Column, or if you just want to help out a musician in need, I’d be very grateful if you could send some money to Vini through Matt’s PayPal account. This isn’t a scam; I’ve been in touch with Matt Reilly while this was being set up, and I spoke with Vini on the phone the other day about it; he’s very touched by the interest and the help he’s getting from people he doesn’t know, but who, like me, have been moved by his music.