British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden are stand-up dudes.
In 2002, Maiden established the Clive Burr MS Trust Fund for their former drummer, who is suffering from multiple sclerosis.
Burr experiences intermittent numbness that can impact his balance. MS has no cure, but new drugs are being tested all the time as doctors continue their fight for a cure.
While a Web site for the trust doesn’t exist, the band still raises money for it.
“The fans know about it and they contribute to it, and every now and again we’ll do a show and just donate all the money,” says Maiden bassist Steve Harris in an interview. “When we need to top it up, we do something.”
Another person that benefited from the fund was Harris’ childhood friend, Ralph, who was given a modified vehicle able to carry his wheelchair.
Burr joined the band at the very end of December 1979 and played on the first three albums — Iron Maiden, Killers and Number Of The Beast.
He toured with the band extensively before leaving in early 1983.