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Festival helps pull in the cash

Malvern Editorial 24th Jul, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

HUNDREDS of music lovers turned up at Upton-upon-Severn’s Woo Fest and helped to raise more than £6,000 for St Richard’s Hospice.

The money will be used to help the charity continue its work supporting patients with life-threatening illnesses.

The big event, which took place on July 4 at The Drum and Monkey, attracted more than 370 people who all enjoyed a variety of live music from bands such as The Flames, Killerstream, Skewwhiff and many more.

Luke Simons, 37, from Worcester, set up the festival in memory of his father, John Simons, who was cared for by the hospice before he died in 2013, at age 66.

Those who attended got to enjoy a hog roast and barbecue. Youngsters were also able to make the most of a special children’s play area with toys, a bouncy castle, bushcraft and fun races, including traditional three-legged races.

Frozen star Olaf also paid children a special visit and many festival-goers enjoyed a nice dance with him.

Luke said: “We’re delighted we were able to raise such an amazing amount of money to help St Richard’s continue to care for patients at the end of their lives.”

Luke said everyone had a fantastic day and he would like to thank all their sponsors, the bands and the individuals and volunteers who all donated their time and equipment.

Following the success of this first Woo-Fest organisers are now hoping it could become an annual event to support the hospice.

Visit www.strichards.org.uk for more.

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