A drummer meets an actress

It all started when drummer Phil Knight met actress Emma Thompson at a fundraising party. They got talking, and Emma ended up inviting Phil to an event in London put on by a Foundation... It was called 'Journey', and it told the story of a young girl trafficked from Moldova. It blew Phil away and was the catalyst for him to try and help in the only way he knew .

 

Let there be drums

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Drumming!!!! Yep he was reading through the Guinness Book of World Records one day and came across a Marine who had drummed for over four days and it hit him! "I can beat that!!!". So he set up in the middle of Leicester Square in Central London (where they show all the movies) and on Sunday Morning at 10am he started drumming, the first few hours were OK and then it started to dawn on him what he had undertaken and how much this was going to hurt. After 3 days Phil was in a bad way , he had now been drumming for nearly 72 hours only stopping for toilet breaks every four hours. By now he was hallucinating, aching and starting to go delirious. as well as the fact he was starting to forget why he was there in the first place. After another gruelling 24 hours Phil was in pain (mostly his bum as he had been sitting on it for such a long time). His arms were aching he was crying a lot and even making people around him cry because he was so tired that his mind had gone and he was begging people around him to let him sleep. This is why sleep deprivation is used as a torture because after so many days of being kept awake your mind will do anything to close your eyes. By this point with half a day to go Phil was desperate to sleep, he was falling asleep as he was playing and then something amazing happened on the last day, everyone who had been supporting Phil over the past four days, his wife and family, the foundation, homeless people, supporters, the foundation and friends all suddenly turned up! He had over 2000 people in front of him cheering him on and Leicester Square blocked up! He was still desperate to sleep but in the last ten minutes of the event after nearly 108 hours of drumming Phil woke up! He drummed so hard that he thought he was at a rock concert so when he finished he threw his drumsticks that he had been using for the whole event into the crowd (which he really regrets now). The next 24 hours after he had finished to huge applause were weird for Phil. he slept for 14 hours straight after he had finished and the next day woke up to many press calls but the biggest job he had to do was submit the paperwork to get his world record but if you look in the Guinness Book, you won't see him. Something felt wrong about claiming a prize off the back of so much suffering undergone by the girl that inspired him, why should he get a prize when shen never did. It did not sit well with him and after the length of time it takes to drink a coffee he had decided that doing it for her was Just Enough, so he threw all of the World Record claim in the bin and went back to his day job of drumming. 

Living in a BOX!!!

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After the drumming Phil always felt a hole in his life and that he should do more. So what did he do... He got a big metal box. The idea was to place himself in a public place and be trapped in plain sight, in 2011 this is what every modern day slavery and human trafficking message was all about so Phil thought "Let's do this in real life".  Little did he know what this was going to lead to. At 5pm on a sunny Monday in July 2011 Phil emotionally hugged his wife good bye (cried) and then stepped in side the box to huge applause and TV cameras, then suddenly, silence. The doors slammed shut and that was it for two weeks. Phil instantly felt nervous about what he had decided to do. The isolation was completely over whelming, it just felt like he had been lifted off of the Earth, literally there were hundreds of people outside but he could not hear any of them! He was completely cut off. He then took in his surroundings. A sleeping bag on the floor, bottles of water, dried breakfast cereal, a bouncy ball, a sharpie pen and a chemical toilet! It was hot, small and the two weeks that lay ahead were not going to be easy. Nights were very cold and Phil had a sleeping bag but laying on the wooden floor ended up giving him soars both on his front and his back. He had no toothpaste or deodorant so by the end of the two weeks he was a very smelly man, he had not communicated with the outside world so when he stepped out after two long weeks of being lonely he had no idea that London was on fire! Yep the London Riots had kicked off whilst he was trapped in the container. 

 

After the box

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Imagine what that must have been like! You enter a container, the world is peaceful, you come out the other side... London has torn itself apart. Phil's family who had come up to see him leave the box had to leave early from the site as everyone was worried that rioters were going to start tearing through London again and the day Phil left happened to be the worst night. All of the major news crews that were on route to film him leave got sent to Tottenham, Children that had become so supportive of him and his mission did not want to come anywhere near... The whole thing had not gone to plan and became an even longer torturous event for Phil. Plus of course he started getting trolled online which he had never experienced before. Truly vial messages were being sent to him saying he was only trying to become famous! It broke his heart and nearly his sole. He was in a bad way emotionally and after two weeks stuck in the container he was told the whole events fundraising for the foundation was messed up so after two weeks Phil had raised the grand total of £250 due to a mess up on the page that he was not told about which meant the entire cost of the project was given to him, over £5000 in total... 

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Depression to Inspiration

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Over the next days from his release Phil went to go back to work as a drum teacher only to find out that every school he worked in had finally been hit by the recession and school cuts meant that he then lost 90% of his income as they could no longer afford music lessons. What made it even harder was that he was being trolled on the internet by people slamming him for going into the box saying that he was doing it just to become famous, so there he was three days after being released sitting outside a school on the phone to his wife in tears apologising to her that he felt that by trying to help people understand the anguish of trafficked people he had ruined their lives. For a long time afterwards he fell into a pit of depression that he never thought he would escape from.  Then, a few days after all of the bad news and the worry about where Phil thought his life was going a local school in Camden got in touch and asked him to come in and talk to the children about why he had locked himself in a shipping container, he thought why not and in that first hour long talk to 8 year olds' an idea hit him. As he spoke to the children they were laughing at his story about where he had to go to the toilet whilst in the container but because he was able to make the children laugh he could then make them listen because they thought he was cool. And so he had it! If he could make children LAUGH then he could make them LISTEN and that might mean that they LEARN. So the three pillars that make Just Enough Group still live by and always will.

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