Well, I've only just caught up with this thread and it all brings back vivid memories for me. It became the focal point of my first brush with performing arts and fund raising. I had just formed a trio called the Waysiders - I was 15. The news so knocked me sideways that I galvanized my new group and a few other local performers, like Jack Hudson, The Harvesters (John Squire's first group with his sister Jane and cousin Keith Sudbury who was is in fact brother of Dave Sudbury of 'King of Rome' fame - what a tangled web we weave)and The Lonesome Travellers and put on an 'Emergency Fund' charity concert. It all happened in a matter of days and we filled the hall (in those days it was perfectly possible to do that entirely by word of mouth!) and as I recall - we raised £123.10s - a princely sum in the mid 60's.
To my shame, until I bumped into this thread - I'd forgotten all about that...not the disaster...just the fund-raising effort. And I just felt the same shiver I felt when I first heard about it on the radio all that time ago.