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£3,000 donated to hospice

From left: Bryony Stimpson and Rebecca Taylor, both of Hospice Care North Northumberland, with Robert Parker and Fiona Johnstone

From left: Bryony Stimpson and Rebecca Taylor, both of Hospice Care North Northumberland, with Robert Parker and Fiona Johnstone

The Northumberland Music Festival has presented £3000 to Hospice Care North Northumberland.

The third and most successful annual music festival has raised an astonishing amount for charity over the past three years, with in excess of £8000 raised in total for local charities.

Hospice/clinical manager Sue Gilbertson said: “This is a phenomenal amount of money for which we are hugely grateful.

“As an independent local charity we have to raise over £320,000 every year to enable us to meet the needs of people in our community. Last year we received just 14 per cent from the NHS and even that isn’t guaranteed every year, so face a relentless challenge to raise around £280,000 through fundraising and donations.”

The popular event, held across Doxford Hall, Eshott Hall and Guyzance Hall, has featured all genres of music from opera to classical, jazz to traditional.

Although the finer details of the 2014 programme are not finalised, it will once again take place over three weekends in November.

Robert Parker, whose brainchild the festival is, said: “My wife Gina and I love music and Northumberland equally and we are delighted to be able to couple this with the offer of support to local charities.

“We owe the success of the festival over the past three years very much to the charities, sponsors, patrons and media partners who have all offered their assistance over the years, and without which the music festival would not be able to take place.”

 

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