Festivalgoers’ generosity is ‘music to the ears’ of hospice

Fans of Shrewsbury Folk Festival helped to raise more than £5,000 to fund music therapy sessions at Shropshire’s Hope House Hospice during this year’s event, organisers have revealed.

The four-day festival, held at the West Mid Showground in Berwick Road over the August Bank Holiday weekend, has been fundraising for the hospice, which supports children with life limiting illnesses and their families, for the past seven years. 

This year, the hospice benefitted by £5,181 made up of a donation from festival organisers for every adult weekend ticket sold, a collection by the charity’s volunteers at the festival, payments for charging mobile phones and other electrical equipment, a Hope House stall at the festival and direct donations from viewers of the online webcast.

Since the charity partnership began, the festival has generated more than £37,000 for music therapy sessions at the hospice.

Festival Director Sandra Surtees said she was delighted with the success of the ongoing partnership.

“Music is at the heart of what we do and it brings great pleasure to so some many people during the course of the weekend. We are delighted that our visitors have taken Hope House and its work to their hearts and continue to support it year on year. We look forward to welcoming Hope House back in 2015.”

Hope House Fundraising Manager Vanessa Thomas said: “We are so grateful for the support of Shrewsbury Folk Festival as it helps our music therapy service continue. Music benefits children in many forms and can sometimes be an important way for children to make themselves heard.

“We want to thank everyone who has supported us with a donation – their money makes a real difference and helps to enrich the lives of the children who use the music therapy service.’

Tickets for the 2015 festival, to be held from August 28 to 31, go on sale on December 1 at www.shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk.

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