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Local music festival raises money for EVH!

Local music festival raises money for EVH

In August 2015 local people came together for a day of music which was raising money in aid of Eden Valley Hospice, Cumbria Air Ambulance, Brain Tumour Research and Evergreen Primary School in Bishop Auckland.

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FieldFest organiser Claire Newman explains,

“We wanted to raise money for local people who provide such essential and valuable care for the vulnerable in our community. So many of us have been touched by cancer and the Eden Valley Hospice has cared for several of our own friends and family,providing amazing care and a calm, tranquil refuge for those who are terminally ill or chronically sick. All our chosen organisations rely on charity to provide the wonderful care they give.”

The annual event at Longburgh began in August 2013 as a fundraising event to raise sponsorship money to support Claire’s husband and daughter as they trekked the Grand Canyon in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Claire continued,

“My husband loves music and creating a day of live music with a licensed bar, auction, raffle and bbq seemed a great way to help raise money.

“The event has grown year on year with the incredible generosity from friends and local businesses, enabling us to give all the proceeds to our chosen charities. After the huge media boost that Teenage Cancer Trust received a couple of years ago we decided to focus on local charities close to home.

The huge success of Longburgh Fieldfest is made possible with the support of many local businesses who construct the stage, provide sound and lighting equipment and much more. All of the bands who perform on the day give their time free of charge to help create a fantastic day for all of the family.

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Claire added:

“We can’t thank the local community, friends and family enough for all their generosity. Two years ago a local business very kindly donated a large amount of money specifically for us to buy a big marquee, install electric cabling around the field and use specifically to make the event bigger and better. Now, each year, we get asked as soon as one Fieldfest is finished when is next year's?

“We are committed to making this an annual event. What people seem to love is the family feel with young children and families enjoying a fantastic day whilst raising money for such deserving causes.”

This year’s event will again be raising money in aid of local charities including Eden Valley Hospice.