Baldock teacher faces solitary confinement

A MUSICIAN will spend two weeks in solitary confinement in a shipping container in a bid to raise awareness of human trafficking in the UK.

Phil Knight, who teaches music at Brandles School in Baldock to children with autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, will endure isolation and deprivation when he is locked inside a 10’ x 6’ iron-clad shipping container in London’s Euston Square Gardens from Monday, July 25, until Monday, August 8.

His stunt, called The Everyday Project and backed by UK-based human rights organisation the Helen Bamber Foundation, aims to illustrate only a small part of what those being trafficked and tortured endure everyday.

The 27-year-old drummer, who is an ambassador for the foundation, said: “I’m just going to have a journal - which I’m going to write my thoughts and feelings in, a sleeping bag, some battery-powered lights, a chemical toilet, a web cam and a few boxes of cereal and some water.”

His experience will be captured via live video streaming at

Phil got involved with the Helen Bamber Foundation about three years ago through actress Emma Thompson, who is trustee of the foundation and who met Phil at a gig he was drumming at.

When Miss Thompson invited him to view an exhibition in London called Journey, Phil said he “saw this story of a girl who was explaining about the shipping containers” and human trafficking.

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“It was eye-opening and sickening and I couldn’t get back to normal life after that,” he explained.

In 2009, Phil broke a world record by drumming for four-and-a-half consecutive days in London’s Leicester Square to raise �4,000 for the charity.

In 2010, he wrote, produced and released a fundraising CD called Just Enough for the Real World.

A single from this album, called Everyday, will be released on Monday to coincide with the start of Phil’s solitary confinement.

“My mission in life is to stop human trafficking and I will do whatever it takes to make this happen,” he said.

To download the track Everyday, visit

For more about the Helen Bamber Foundation, visit