Hope House ‘in tune’ with Shrewsbury Folk Festival to raise nearly £32,000

A Shropshire children’s hospice has benefitted from a funding boost to the tune of nearly £32,000 thanks to its long-term partnership with the county’s biggest music festival.

The organisers of Shrewsbury Folk Festival have revealed that visitors have helped Hope House Hospice to raise £31,985 since it became the event’s charity partner six years ago.

The cash goes towards music therapy sessions for children with life limiting illnesses at the centre in Morda, near Oswestry.

This year, festivalgoers who attended the four-day event at the West Mid Showground in Berwick Road over the August Bank Holiday weekend, donated nearly £1,400 to a bucket collection. Hope House also hosted a stall, which included vintage clothes for sale, and charging mobile phones and other electronic goods also collected other funds.

For the first time this year, a marquee showed a live video feed of the main stage performances and replayed footage during the rest of the day, and users were asked to make donations to the hospice. Festival organisers also make a donation for every adult weekend ticket sold.

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

“Music and the pleasure that brings is at the heart of what we do. We are happy that every year we can make a difference to the children who use Hope House and help raise money for music therapy.

“We are always looking at ways we can support Hope House and the wonderful work it does and will be looking for new ways to support them in 2014.”

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.

“Sandra, Alan and their team are always looking for new ways to help raise more money over festival weekend and we want to thank everyone who has supported us with a donation.’

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