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Woo Fest huge success for hospice care

28th July 2016

Luke and Ria Simons

Upton based music festival, Woo Fest, held last Saturday, has proved a huge success raising over £8,000 in aid of St Richard’s Hospice.

The festival was held on Saturday 23rd July at The Drum and Monkey, near Upton-upon-Severn. Around 400 people enjoyed a variety of live music from bands such as The GTs, The White Feather Collective, The Flames, The Fidgets, The Festival Experience and many more.

Woo Fest was held for the first time in 2015, the brain child of Luke and Ria Simons from Worcester who wanted to set up a music festival in aid of St Richard’s to help the hospice continue its work supporting patients at the end of their lives.

Guests attending the event this year also enjoyed a hog roast and bbq, kids’ play area with bouncy castle, arts and crafts, and other family activities. The many children attending the festival were delighted when a Minion paid a visit to dance along with the crowds and help with fundraising.

Woo Fest Minion 2Luke said; “It was a fantastic day and the feedback we had from bands, volunteers and customers was all brilliant. We were absolutely delighted to raise over £8,000 for St Richard’s Hospice, beating last year’s fundraising by £2,000! I’d like to thank everyone involved in making the event such a success, not least all the volunteers who worked so tirelessly and Cookie Jan’s food van who cooked all day for our customers for free.

He added; “Our aim has always been to make this a 100% profit festival, so that the whole of the ticket price would go to St Richard’s. We’re delighted that 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.”

 

WooFest team Alex Gibson, Matt Mandrell, Kevin Richardson, Luke Simons, Ria Simons, Dan Turner, Lizzy Dutton and Jo Simons.

WooFest team Alex Gibson, Matt Mandrell, Kevin Richardson, Luke Simons, Ria Simons, Dan Turner, Lizzy Dutton and Jo Simons.