"All Call Signs" The Story

You’ll soon be hearing the dulcet tones of many veterans, including our very own Steve Thornton, their children and Forces Sweetheart Kirsten Orsborn in charity record “He Aint Heavy, He’s my Brother”

The single “He Aint Heavy, He’s My Brother” will be available to download from Friday 9th August for just £1 with the option to donate more if you wish.

DOWNLOAD the single here: www.heaintheavy.online


"All Call Signs" The Story.. Around 6 months ago, a former Paratrooper and Falklands Veteran who faced the double whammy and all too familiar scenario of suffering from PTSD and homelessness approached us with an idea to release a charity single to promote awareness of these issues and the growing rate of suicides within our veteran community. If the Song and CD was successful and there was any monies to be raised, they would be distributed to a group of smaller charities who were not widely known or well funded, in a nut shell, who provided, direct, immediate and critical support for veterans facing homelessness, mental health, PTSD and addiction problems. Paratrooper Tony Ferguson had the original idea of a charity song. 


Initially the group was to be called Veterans Aid as it was based on the "Band Aid" concept where numerous unrelated people would get together and sing for the greater good of all Veterans. We decided that a cover of "He Aint Heavy, He's my Brother" would send a poignant message. We subsequently discovered that we could not use the Veterans Aid name as it was already a registered charity in England. The Charity Veterans Aid have been very supportive throughout with help and advice. A short time ago we decided to approach "All Call Signs" a charity who provided a peer to peer service for veterans and who successful launched the "Beacon Alert" system via social media to immediately alert as many people in the UK as possible that a vulnerable veteran was missing, and encourage people to search for the veteran and possible save his life. The name "All Call Signs" encompassed exactly what we wanted to achieve with the CD - all services, every man woman and child coming together to prevent further tragedy. All Call Signs were delighted for us to name our band "All Call Signs" and came on board with us as one of the beneficiary charities.


Antony Stephen Malone and Donna Armstrong are directing the project and we have asked Nicki Mortimer and her company "All Call Signs Production LTD", to Coordinate and administer PR, Press enquires and the financial and project administration side of the project, i.e. ensuring that any funds generated from the download link go into a dedicated "All Call Signs Charity Single" holding account to be distributed equally to the 12 selected charities involved, minus an administration fee and relevant expenses. 


The 12 charities are: 

1. Homeless Veterans Project SC049441 Free clean, fully equipped secure, temporary accommodation including all utilities, for veterans at risk of homelessness, for 12 weeks whilst assisting them to obtain permanent housing and support. Houses also available as a respite or "short break" to veterans and their families, free of charge. This is available to all veterans, UK Wide. 

2. Lee Rigby Foundation Supports veterans and their families suffering from trauma and bereavement, relieving mental and physical distress by providing retreat and respite facilities. 

3. Forgotten Veterans UK Direct support for Veterans and Families in need 

4. Woody's Lodge A drop in centre supporting, mentoring and signposting veterans of the armed forces and emergency services, reservists and their families 

5. Help for Homeless Veterans Immediate Support for veterans facing homelessness 

6. Outpost Charity Emotional, social and practical support for veterans and families suffering through hardship and the running of veteran's camps to encourage well-being and relieve stress. 

7. Phoenix Heroes Support for Veterans and families dealing with PTSD and homelessness as well as providing training courses and employment opportunities 

8. Pilgrim Bandits Help and inspire wounded veterans form the military and emergency services, practically and emotionally. 

9. All Call Signs a peer to peer service for veterans and who successful launched the "Beacon Alert" system via social media to immediately alert as many people in the UK as possible that a vulnerable veteran was missing, and encourage people to search for the veteran and possible save his life. 

10. 353 Charity. A charitable trust with the aim of helping members of the military community by delivering long term support to soldiers and their families and supporting legacy and memorial projects for bereaved families 

11. Pegasus Appreciation Group. An online auction group with the charitable aim of providing direct, immediate and practical help and support for veterans undergoing hardship. 

12. Veterans Aid Helping ex-servicemen and women in crises.



Overview; On July 9th 2019, Veterans and their children were joined by the international singer and Forces Sweetheart Kirsten Orsborn in a recording studio. Kirsten has continuously supported the Forces and Veterans charities for 11 years. Kirsten was adopted by The Royal Marines Association as their sweetheart in 2014 at the age of 17, followed by the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal in 2018. Kirsten regularly visits the Royal Hospital of Chelsea to perform and chat to the pensioners she now likes to call her friends. February 2019 Kirsten voluntarily travelled to the Falkland Island to perform for the serving and ex veterans along with the children and families living there. Kirsten is very proud to be the patron to Minds at War and The Homeless Veterans Project.


The recording studio, Blue Fire Productions owned by Charlotte Bailey in Leeds who advised on the project and was a key element in the production and promotion. James Beaumont and Max Russell sound engineers helped structure the recording. The Group has now come together under the brand name "All Call Signs". The song and cover version of the song "He Aint Heavy, He's my Brother". SAS Legend Rusty Firmin is the Patron of the Charity record. Rusty, Donna, Anthony, Kirsten and other Veterans sang the song with the backing of the children and supporters of soldier who were killed in action while serving their country... Veterans Helping Veterans, Actions Not Words...


The single “He Aint Heavy, He’s My Brother” will be available to download from Friday 9th August for just £1 with the option to donate more if you wish.

DOWNLOAD the single here: www.heaintheavy.online

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The single “He Aint Heavy, He’s My Brother” will be available to download from Friday 9th August for just £1 with the option to donate more if you wish.

DOWNLOAD the single here: www.heaintheavy.online

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