Reggae stars UB40 lend their support to Ely band’s autism campaign

14:25 16 April 2014

Bernie Sawford

Bernie Sawford


Ely rockers The 142s have received the backing of pop music icons UB40 in their bid to raise awareness about autism.

The 142s have been hard at work with their Autism Rocks Roadshow throughout April in support of Autism Awareness Month and they have raised hundreds of pounds for charity through a series of concerts.

On Monday night, the group, made up of Bernie Sawford, Andy Barlow and Drew Keen, was invited to the Cambridge Corn Exchange to watch UB40 play before being heading backstage after the show.

There, UB40 members helped film a short video backing The 142s awareness campaign and giving the group their blessing.

Bass guitarist Bernie said: “I am over the moon, UB40 were awesome. We were delighted to be given the chance to do the video and now we can use the band’s name wherever we go to promote our campaign and the roadshow.

“Autism Awareness Month ends this month but, with UB40’s backing, we can keep it going all year round. They are going to post the video on their website and Facebook page which will help us reach an audience of more than a million.”

Bernie was inspired to raise awareness of autism through his work as a cab driver, where he met 11-year-old Gideon Wells, from Soham, who has the condition.

To find out more about the 142’s work, visit

More news stories

Mick and Kate Lewis are back in their home in Terrington St John, after a car crashed in to the front of the building. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A couple have spoken of two “traumatic” months and living in a guesthouse since a car crashed into their home.

Police close the A47 in both directions at Peterborough following a serious collision

An elderly woman who was driving the wrong way along a dual carriageway died following a two car collision on the A47 near Peterborough City Hospital this morning (Tuesday 13).

Cambridgeshire county council cabinet meeting at the Boathouse Wisbech/ Former leader Nick Clarke is pictured with chief executive Mark Lloyd

County councillors today agreed to temporarily axe the chief executive’s role -after agreeing a job share with Peterborough City Council.

Wisbech and District Motorcycle Club celebrates its 60th Anniversary

Two wheels are better than four at a club that this year celebrates its 60th birthday.

Most read stories

Digital Edition

Read the Wisbech Standard e-edition E-edition