Hillsborough charity call over HMV

Justice CollectiveAn MP has contacted the HMV administrator to ask it to ensure that all money made on a charity single in aid of the Hillsborough families is paid to them.

Liverpool Walton MP Steve Rotheram has contacted Deloitte, the administrator brought in by HMV earlier this week, to ensure that all money made on the sale of the Justice Collective's Christmas single is paid to the families.

The proceeds of the sale of the single, which was Christmas number one, is for the families' continued fight for justice for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989.

Mr Rotheram said HMV was "first class" in the way it promoted and sold the single over the Christmas period and hosted the launch in its Liverpool store.

He said: "I am devastated for the staff of HMV stores who are now facing the very real prospect of redundancy. I have made contact with Deloitte the administrator highlighting the need for them to give consideration to passport the residual monies owed to the charity from the sale of the single. I look forward to working with them to resolve this issue.

"It is worth reiterating that HMV did not make any profit from the sale of the single and that all monies collected by HMV stores were on behalf of the charity to assist the Hillsborough families in their continued legal fight for justice."

The MP said they sold almost 400,000 copies of the single, both digitally and in stores. HMV were responsible for sales which generated receipts of around £150,000, which he believes should be transferred via their distributor, Universal, to the charitable account.

Mr Rotheram added: "I am confident that the administrators understand the special circumstances relating to this specific issue and will do the right thing and pass the monies owed to the families' charity fund as soon as possible."

The version of the Hollies' hit He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother by The Justice Collective was launched at Liverpool's HMV store by stars including football legend Kenny Dalglish and comedian John Bishop. The release came after a damning report into the handling of the crowd crush at Hillsborough Stadium.

A spokesman for the administrator said: "We understand why people feel very passionately about the Justice Collective single and have discussed this matter with people involved in the campaign. We are looking into it as a priority and hope to provide an update very soon."

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