Last year's first Studhambury festival - a free outdoor concert at the Red Lion pub raised a fantastic £2,700 for CLIC Sargent. Over 200 people enjoyed the autumn sunshine and the eclectic tunes delivered by a range of local bands and solo performers, culminating in a spellbinding twilight performance by The Expensive Habits.
Determined to raise more money than last year, this year's festival on Sunday 24 August was bigger and included a local hog roast, and even bigger auction. Once again the sun shone and the event attracted a much larger crowd. The level of talent on display was exceptional and much enjoyed by the crowd, from catchy sixties sing-a-long tunes to contemporary hits-in-the-making; there really was something for everybody. The festival raised a massive £5,000.
Last year CLIC Sargent provided practical and emotional support to 49 families in Bedfordshire. We also provided 171 support grants costing approximately £28,000 helping families and young people to cope with the immediate and escalating costs that a cancer diagnosis can bring.
For children and young people in Bedfordshire the nearest principle treatment centre can be a long way from home, and can often mean travelling many miles, numerous times a week.
CLIC Sargent provide free accommodation for families to stay close by at our Home from Home Paul’s House which is based close to UCLH and Great Ormond Street Hospital, where a team of CLIC Sargent specialists support them.
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Harriet Young says, "I am delighted to thank all of the residents of Studham for your fantastic support; you really will help us make a difference to the life of a child who has cancer and their family."
Studhambury 2015 promises to be even bigger and better. The same rules will apply, all funds raised to go to the charity and nothing into the cost of putting it on.
If you’re interested in fundraising and are based in Hertfordshire or Bedfordshire please contact Harriet Young at CLIC Sargent on email@example.com.