Singer Paul Heaton thanked for ‘amazingly kind’ gesture to Q Magazine staff

Paul Heaton has been praised after the final editor of Q Magazine revealed the singer's "amazingly kind" gesture to staff after the music publication closed.

Ted Kessler said Heaton, known for his work with The Housemartins and The Beautiful South, donated a "large sum" which was shared between more than 40 workers.

"It really was the most amazingly kind, selfless, generous act," Kessler tweeted. "For some, it meant a bill could be paid."

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Paul Heaton (The Housemartins) on 25.11.1987 in München / Munich. (Photo by Fryderyk Gabowicz/picture alliance via Getty Images)
Portrait of David Rotheray and Paul Heaton of The Beautiful South photographed in the late 1980's.; (Photo by JA Barratt/Photoshot/Getty Images)
Paul Heaton. The Beautiful South performing live at the Alfred McAlpine Stadium, 12th July 1997. (Photo by Staff/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
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UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 12: BRIXTON ACADEMY Photo of BEAUTIFUL SOUTH, Paul Heaton (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Redferns)
Paul Heaton from the Beautiful South arrives at The Park Lane Hotel for the "Q" awards. (Photo by rune hellestad/Corbis via Getty Images)
Die Britische Popgruppe "The Beautiful South" Haben Sich Nach 19 Jahren Getrennt: Paul Heaton Stellt Das Neue Album "Blue Is The Color" In Hamburg Vor . (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: Photo of BEAUTIFUL SOUTH and Paul HEATON and Jacqui ABBOTT; Jacqui Abbott and Paul Heaton performing on stage (Photo by Patrick Ford/Redferns)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: VH1 Photo of BEAUTIFUL SOUTH and Paul HEATON, Paul Heaton performing on stage (Photo by Patrick Ford/Redferns)
Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott of the Beautiful South, portrait, United Kingdom, 1995. (Photo by Martyn Goodacre/Getty Images)
The Housemartins (mit Sänger Paul Heaton) on 25.11.1987 in München / Munich. (Photo by Fryderyk Gabowicz/picture alliance via Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: Paul Heaton of the Beautiful South circa 1990. (Photo by Graham Tucker/Redferns)
The Housemartins (mit Sänger Paul Heaton) on 25.11.1987 in München / Munich. (Photo by Fryderyk Gabowicz/picture alliance via Getty Images)
Paul Heaton (The Housemartins) on 25.11.1987 in München / Munich. (Photo by Fryderyk Gabowicz/picture alliance via Getty Images)
Paul Heaton (The Housemartins) on 25.11.1987 in München / Munich. (Photo by Fryderyk Gabowicz/picture alliance via Getty Images)
The Housemartins (mit Sänger Paul Heaton) on 20.08.1986 in Bochum. (Photo by Fryderyk Gabowicz/picture alliance via Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 01: GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL Photo of Glastonbury 2005., Glastonbury 2005., Paul Heaton - General (Photo by Jon Super/Redferns)
Ivor Novello Awards At The Grosvenor House Hotel, London, Britain - 24 May 2007, Paul Heaton And Norman Cook (Photo by Brian Rasic/Getty Images)
Paul Heaton lead singer from band The Beautiful South in concert performing live at the Shepherds Bush Empire, London on the 31st May 2006.; Job: 12076 Ref: ZB3076_166745_128DDO; (Photo by Daniela D'Amato/Photoshot/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 06: Paul Heaton performs on stage at Salford Lowry on July 6, 2012 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Andrew Benge/Redferns via Getty Images)
BADALONA, SPAIN - APRIL 16: Paul Heaton performs on stage during Blues i Ritmes Festival at Teatre Principal on April 16, 2016 in Badalona, Spain. (Photo by Jordi Vidal/Redferns)
BADALONA, SPAIN - APRIL 16: Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbot perform on stage during Blues i Ritmes Festival at Teatre Principal on April 16, 2016 in Badalona, Spain. (Photo by Jordi Vidal/Redferns)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 10: Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott attend the BBC Music Awards at Genting Arena on December 10, 2015 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
HULL, ENGLAND - JULY 25: Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott perform live and sign copies of their new album 'Crooked Calypso' during an in-store session at HMV Hull on July 25, 2017 in Hull, England. (Photo by Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage)
HULL, ENGLAND - JULY 25: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott pose backstage after performing live and signing copies of their new album 'Crooked Calypso' during an in-store session at HMV Hull on July 25, 2017 in Hull, England. (Photo by Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage)
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The staff of Q Magazine, which closed in July due to the coronavirus pandemic, commissioned a final award for Heaton as thanks.

It was inscribed "Paul Heaton Q's all-time classic songwriter thank you for everything".

Heaton, 58, shared a video message and said the donation "was just meant to make sure people weren't left on their arse".

He praised the magazine and said he was "upset" at its closure. "I wish everybody the best," he added.

Kessler shared the story on Twitter.

He said: "We had the Roundhouse booked for two nights for the Q Awards next week. We didn't have talent sorted when we had to Covid cancel in April, but Nadine Shah was presenting and the two gigs were Liam Gallagher one night, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott the other.

"The only award we knew for sure was to Paul Heaton, as we'd heard he'd never won one. Think of all the brilliant songs he's written for The Housemartins, Beautiful South etc. Millions of records sold. No Q award (or Brit) for his songwriting. So we knew he'd be Classic Songwriter."

Kessler said a few days after Q closed, Heaton got in touch and said as a thank you for all the support it had given him, he was going to donate a large sum.

The editor said he "politely declined" but Heaton was insistent.

Kessler added: "I accepted the donation and shared it amongst over 40 staff and freelancers working for Q at the time, all of whose minds – like mine – were blown."

"We got him that award in the end. Britain's greatest living pop star. A true legend."

In March, Heaton and his former Beautiful South bandmate Jacqui Abbott announced a free concert for NHS workers. The performance has been postponed by the pandemic.

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