10 October 2020 12:40
The musician 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." The staff of Q, which closed in July because of the financial strain brought by the coronavirus pandemic, commissioned a final award for Heaton as thanks. It was inscribed "Paul Heaton: Q's all-time Classic Songwriter.
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 posting: "We had the Roundhouse booked for two nights for the Q awards next week. "The only award we knew for sure was to Paul Heaton, as we'd heard he'd never won one.