Music retailer Rough Trade has announced that it will be donating all profits from the sale of David Bowie albums in January to Cancer Research UK, in honour of the singer who passed away today.
In an announcement made earlier this morning on Twitter, Rough Trade said that “all profits from our #Bowie sales during Jan donated to Cancer Research UK”. The retailer also added a link to the Bowie section of its digital store.
Rough Trade also said that its website has temporarily gone down due to the volume of people purchasing Bowie’s music.
The announcement came hours after the news that British singer-songwriter David Bowie had died aged 69, following an 18-month battle with cancer.
Sir Harpal Kumar, chief executive of Cancer Research UK said: “We're very grateful to Rough Trade for donating profits from all David Bowie recordings to us for the rest of the month.
"Many of us at Cancer Research UK grew up with and were great fans of his music, so we were very sad to hear the news this morning, particularly given that his death was due to cancer. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family. David donated to and supported several Cancer Research UK events over many years and helped us to raise thousands of pounds - we're really grateful for his support.
"Every penny that we receive from Rough Trade will help us continue our efforts to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured."
Other cancer charities, including Breast Cancer Care have also taken to social media to write tributes to the singer.