Thank You Very Much To The NHS

In 1967 Liverpool band, The Scaffold, comprising of John Gorman (a Proprietor of the Athenaeum), Roger McGough and Mike McCartney (many of you will know his brother) released a hit song in ‘Thank You Very Much for the Aintree Iron’. In a fitting tribute to heroes of our time, the group have re-recorded the song “Thank You Very Much To The NHS” with the all proceeds going towards NHS charities. The full press release, including how to listen and contribute can be found below!

Legendary Liverpudlian group Scaffold rework their Top Five hit ‘Thank U Very Much’ in aid of front-line healthcare workers
New version out Friday, April 10th


The re-imagined hit single pays tribute to the UK’s healthcare workers to help raise money for those on the front line

100% of money raised will go to NHS Charities
Donate Here

Scaffold are: Mike McCartney, John Gorman & Roger McGough

Chart-topping Liverpudlian comedy, poetry and music trio Scaffold are set to release a new and reworked version of their Top 5 hit ‘Thank U Very Much’ to raise money for the many NHS heroes working tirelessly throughout the current global pandemic.

‘Thank U Very Much for the NHS’ will be available on all DSPs on Friday – listen to the song here / watch
the lyric video here.

The new offering is a wonderfully re-imagined version of one of the group’s most successful hits ‘ Thank U Very Much’, which reached #4 on the Official Charts when first released in November 1967.

All money raised by the release of the single will be donated to the NHS Charities . Donate here

It all started with a seed of an idea courtesy of BBC Radio Kent…who believed a new Scaffold version of ‘Thank U Very Much’ would be the ideal way to lift our spirits in these truly unforgettable times. The three original band members: Mike ‘McGear’ McCartney, Roger ‘Poet’ McGough and John ‘Tiswas’ Gorman, were quickly inundated on social media with requests from fans to make this happen. Great idea, they thought, but how do you re-record an old song with musicians, studios and Scaffold…all during the Coronavirus lockdown?!

And, so the story goes…Mike found an original 1967 Abbey Road backing track in his loft, dispatched it to his friends at local Merseyside studio Glass Recordings, and the band recorded new separate iPhone recordings of the new lyrics from their respective homes in the Wirral and London.

However, iPhones aren’t THAT good for studio perfection – plus the glorious Scouse accent didn’t help! – so a music video with accompanying subtitles was quickly put together to solve the problem for non-Liverpudlians!

The video, which was produced by Mike’s graphic designer son, using the original 60s film of ‘ Thank U Very Much for the Aintree Iron’ cut with new footage demonstrating the current crisis, featuring both Mike’s mother, who served as an NHS nurse, and daughter, who is currently an NHS nurse.

The record and video are to be released this week to show Scaffold’s support for Britain’s incredible NHS staff and to thank them all very very very very very… much for risking their lives to save ours.

Speaking on the single release, Ed Macdonald Of 100% Records said: “We’re delighted to have played our small part coordinating the digital release of the charity Scaffold single – from standing start to release in less than a week! All of our proceeds from this release will, of course, be donated to NHS Charities Together.”

Ellie Orton, Chief Executive of NHS Charities Together, said of the single: “ We’re so pleased that Scaffold has kindly released this song, and urge the public to get behind and download it to help support the appeal. The proceeds will go directly to NHS charities in every part of the country and help provide essential support to NHS staff, volunteers and patients.”
If you would like to thank the NHS…very much, you can donate here .

For further information please contact Pippa Evers / Kate Etteridge / Lewis Fromberg
Tel: 020 3327 7167

  • About NHS Charities Together – is the national umbrella organisation for hundreds of NHS charities across the country. Its Urgent Appeal acknowledges and supports NHS staff and volunteers caring for COVID-19 patients. It has been put together in liaison with NHS England and national bodies, our member NHS charities and national giving platforms.