Festival on the Farm, a fundraising event held in Easton Piercy, Chippenham which saw 130 people attend has raised over £3,200 for The Forever Friends Appeal.
The amount will be donated towards the Appeal’s Cancer Care Campaign for a pioneering new Cancer Centre which will be built at the RUH.
The festival offered SIRVA Relocation employees, their families and the local community an afternoon of live music, afternoon tea, a barbeque, stalls such as tombola, face painting, Thai massage and many more. Those who attended also celebrated the inaugural event by creating their own piece of artwork and poignantly entitled it ‘Helping Hands’. Many attendees camped overnight and were treated to a cooked breakfast the following day.
Penny Tenerife, organiser of Festival on the Farm said:
“Thanks to colleagues at SIRVA Relocation, members of the local community and families from Calder House School, our festival was a great success, and the amount raised far exceeded our expectations. We couldn’t have done it without the support and generosity of a lot of lovely people. In particular, my neighbours at Manor Farm were very supportive and we couldn’t have done it without their help.
We organised the event to support a colleague and friend of ours, Justine Elliott, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2016 and sadly passed away shortly before the event took place. During her treatment at the RUH, Justine set a fundraising target to raise £25,000 for the Cancer Care campaign and we wanted to help contribute towards her goal.
On behalf of everyone who helped organise Festival on Farm, I’d like to say thank you for your support as every pound donated will be going towards the new Cancer Centre, to help patients and their families.”
Earlier this year, we announced that the minimum £8.5m needed towards the building of the pioneering new Cancer Centre had been reached, however the Appeal would continuing its fundraising efforts with many of its donors and supporters wanting to keep going to ensure the new Cancer Centre would be truly special in its design, facilities and equipment.
Maddy Jones, Senior Events Fundraiser said:
“Penny and the team involved in organising Festival on the Farm created something truly amazing – a fun event which saw different communities coming together to show their support for our Cancer Care campaign. We are very thankful for their hard work and support in helping us raising funds to ensure that the very best care, treatment and quality of environment is available to patients and their families at the RUH.”