According to ChronicleLive, AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson has been announced as the first patron of the Graham Wylie Foundation.
The pioneering new children's charity to help youngsters across the United Kingdom's North East was launched by multi-millionaire businessman Graham Wylie, the founder of software giant Sage and one of the region's best-known entrepreneurs.
Johnson said: "I am very proud and privileged to be the first patron of the Graham Wylie Foundation. I strongly believe in the power of music to help children and adults through the tough times of ill health.
"The Brian Johnson Music Therapy Room in Sarasota, Florida, is flourishing and the results are wonderful, but now to be asked to be involved in something from my hometown makes me very proud."
AC/DC postponed the last ten dates of its North American tour after doctors told Johnson he faced a total loss of hearing if he did not stop touring immediately. AC/DC has since resumed its tour with GUNS N' ROSES singer Axl Rose as a "guest vocalist," with Johnson apparently not returning to the group.
Johnson said in an open letter to fans that he intends to solve his hearing problem and continue recording and touring, although he did not say whether he would be rejoining AC/DC.
The vocalist wrote: "My entire focus is to continue medical treatment to improve my hearing. I am hoping that in time my hearing will improve and allow me to return to live concert performances. While the outcome is uncertain, my attitude is optimistic."
Johnson had been AC/DC's frontman for 36 years, making his debut on the classic "Back In Black" album.