Soulfest boosts funds for village and cancer charity

Phil Phillips, Nicole Taylor and Michelle Nicholas on the Millennium Green at Soulbury, where Soulfest was held.

Phil Phillips, Nicole Taylor and Michelle Nicholas on the Millennium Green at Soulbury, where Soulfest was held.

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A magical music festival held in Soulbury has raised around £1,600 for research into brain tumours.

Villagers were joined by friends and family to enjoy the summer’s afternoon event, Soulfest.

The festival took place on the Millennium Green and the funds raised are being split between the Millennium Green Trust and Head 1st – a Soulbury fundraising group which supports pioneering UK charity Brain Tumour Research.

Nicole Taylor is one of the organisers of Soulfest who set up Head 1st after she was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2008.

She said: “Soulfest went even better than we had ever hoped. We had live bands including Leighton Buzzard acoustic trio Dizzie, a barbecue, tea and cakes, as well as games to keep the kids entertained. The weather was lovely so we were able to sit on the grass.

“A big thank you to everyone who came and donated their time, food and money to make it such a special occasion. The Millennium Green is a lovely area to relax in and somewhere for the children of the village to play so we wanted to help support its upkeep.

“Brain Tumour Research is obviously a cause close to my heart as my prognosis is uncertain. Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer... yet just 1% of the national spend on cancer research is allocated to this devastating disease. This is unacceptable.”

A presentation of funds was made on the Millennium Green by Nicole’s fiance Phil Phillips, to Nicole and Michelle Nicholas, both fundraisers for the green, and also to Nicole for Brain Tumour Research. It was held by the tree dedicated to the research charity. Michelle is also one of the organisers of Soulfest and others are Erin Cook and Jon Shepherd.

Carol Robertson, head of community fundraising at Brain Tumour Research, said: “We are extremely grateful to Nicole for her continuing support – she is an amazing ambassador for the charity – as well as to the local community who by raising funds through Soulfest for Brain Tumour Research are helping to make a vital difference.

“We are striving to fund a network of seven dedicated research centres whilst challenging the government and larger cancer charities to invest more in brain tumour research. Help us fund the fight. Together we will find a cure.”

Brain Tumour Research helps fund an annual £1 million programme of research at its Centre of Excellence at the University of Portsmouth. Further partnerships announced last year are with Queen Mary University of London and Imperial College. Plymouth University will pave the way for a £20 million investment in brain tumour research over the next five years.