Festival tops the £7k mark for CLIC Sargent

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More than £7,000 was raised at the third Studhambury Festival, in aid of CLIC Sargent.

Held at the Red Lion pub in Studham, on Saturday, September 12, the successful event saw 11 different bands playing, starting with a harmonious ladies barbershop quartet, and ending eight hours later with a rocking performance by local band, Toffees.

The event raised £6327.50, all of which will benefit the charity. Another £756 raised by one of the bands, Crowjayne Sc - through an earlier Monopoly Board challenge and the sale of their CD - takes the final to a whopping £7083.50.

Visitors were not charged an entry fee and therefore all money was raised through voluntary donations. Fundraising activities included an auction, where one of the prizes - for a private performance by Studham-grown band, the Common People - made a massive £600. There were also sealed bids for rounds of golf, teddy bears and other goodies, a tombola and raffles.

Resident and main organiser, Freda Francis, said: “We simply could not have done it without the hard work and generosity of everyone involved, so thank you so much.”

Fundraising manager Catherine Cadman said: “I am absolutely over the moon with the success of Studhambury 2015 - that is such an incredible amount! We thought last year’s amount was amazing, and the locals managed to raise even more this year. Without the work of our supporters, we would not be able to strive to meet our aim of reaching every child and young person affected by cancer. We currently reach two out of three children, but our aim is to make it three out of three. What is so lovely to see is that this has all been achieved by a community working closely together- it really is a pleasure to work with them all. I’m already looking forward to next year’s event!”

If you’re interested in fundraising and are based in the Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire area, contact Catherine Cadman on catherine.cadman@clicsargent.org.uk or 0208 752 2918.