Folk fest breaks record

Visitors to this year’s Shrewsbury Folk Festival have helped to raise a record amount for its long-term charity partner. Hope House, which supports children with life limiting illnesses and their families, received more than £7,000 from this year’s event, including a donation of more than £2,000 from the organisers.

More than £63,000 has been raised since the partnership was established 10 years ago. This year, Hope House’s stall raised more than £2,500 and a collection at two of the stages raised around £1,750. Money was also raised through the charging of phones and devices as well as collecting tins. The money will be used to fund music therapy sessions.

Festival Director Sandra Surtees says, “We make a donation for every adult weekend ticket that’s sold but it’s down to our amazing supporters who every year continue to give a very public show of support for the work the hospice does. This year they have surpassed themselves!

“The festival is based around the pleasure music brings us so it’s only right we’re doing our bit to ensure children using Hope House can benefit in the same way.”

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