Scottish mental health charity Tiny Changes – Frightened Rabbit + Death Cab for Cutie auction

Frightened Rabbit and Death Cab for Cutie have donated a one-of-a-kind signed bass guitar to mental health charity Tiny Changes

The bass guitar and other special items will raise funds for young people’s mental health.

Tiny Changes is auctioning a very special, one-of-a-kind, signed Fender bass guitar and hosting a raffle including original hand-drawn artwork by Scott Hutchison and other special items. The auction and raffle will boost the total of the charity’s very first Make Tiny Changes Month – a mass fundraiser that’s raised over £15,000 so far this March for young people’s mental health.

Kindly donated by Grant Hutchison, the guitar was signed by both Frightened Rabbit and Death Cab For Cutie during their 2011 summer tour in the USA.  This is a unique piece of musical history.

The Make Tiny Changes Month raffle features a number of prizes including an original hand-drawn greeting card by Scott Hutchison, a five-course tasting menu for two at the incredible vegan hotel Saorsa 1875 in Pitlochry, plus gifts from the likes of Atlantic Records, Aesop, Dishoom, award-winning author Max Porter, Flare Audio, Tens and more.

“With young people’s mental health and cost of living both at crisis point, the work of Tiny Changes and partners is more important than ever. Inequality on top of this weighs down on too many young people’s health and potential. The need for equalities-driven early mental health interventions, truly led and informed by young people is critical. Make Tiny Changes Month shows how much support and drive there is for this work and we’re so grateful to Frightened Rabbit, Death Cab for Cutie and everyone who has sent us a gift or donation this March and cheered us on. All is not lost.”

  • Kara Brown, CEO, Tiny Changes

“Death Cab For Cutie are a band that we all look up to and are inspired by so when we were asked to support them back in 2008 it felt a bit like a dream. We toured with them again in the US in 2011 and this bass guitar was signed by us all with a plan to auction it off at some point. Since then it’s had an illustrious career in a cupboard under the stairs so hopefully we can find it a good home and give it a life again!”

  • Grant Hutchison, Frightened Rabbit

March is Make Tiny Changes Month (#MTCM). There’s still time to join in MTCM by donating or match funding to help raise the grand total – find out more here. Tiny Changes invited individuals, workplaces and groups to take part in this month-long mass fundraising event by choosing a tiny change that would make them feel good, while raising money for the charity through sponsorship or donations.

The bass guitar auction went live Sunday 26 March on Tiny Changes Ebay page.

The Make Tiny Changes Month raffle goes live the last week of March on Tiny Changes Raffall page.

Together, we’ll make tiny changes to earth.

More info

March 2023 is Make Tiny Changes Month – the charity’s first ever mass fundraising campaign. In its first week, #MTCM has raised over £10,000 to fund more Tiny Changes youth mental health projects and there’s plenty of time to help boost this grand total. The charity has planned a family day and afterparty called Tiny Changes Festival to mark the success of #MTCM on Saturday 1 April at Summerhall Edinburgh. Buy your event ticket and join in #MTCM by donation or fundraising at

The Tiny Changes Gardener’s Cottage Stage will return at Connect Festival 2023. In August 2022, the charity teamed up with Connect Festival to host an inaugural first pop-up ‘stripped back’ stage at the music festival in Edinburgh. Highlights included festival headliners The National performing a secret set on the Tiny Changes stage and 21-year-old TikTok sensation Katie Gregson Macleod from Inverness playing her viral hit ‘Complex’ in the rain. The charity raised over £11,000 at Connect 2022, with thanks to DF Concerts & Events and festival goers.

Together with Scottish artist Heather Marshall, Tiny Changes marked the launch of the charity’s third ‘Make Tiny Changes Fund’ and World Mental Health Day by taping a poem inspired by the words of young people in East Lothian and Edinburgh to landmarks in Iona, Mull, Oban, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Each line works as a stand alone statement and when viewed together they create a call to arms, ears and eyes that will encourage the reader to act. Tiny Changes chose to focus this year’s funding on the cost of living crisis in response to the fears and reality for so many young people across Scotland, particularly those who can’t access or are on long waiting lists for the support they need for their mental health. 

Tiny Changes is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SC049112).

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