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Music festival raises thousands for hospice

Bryony Stimpson, Rebecca Taylor both of Hospice Care North Northumberland, Robert Parker, Fiona Johnstone Northumbrian Ranters

Bryony Stimpson, Rebecca Taylor both of Hospice Care North Northumberland, Robert Parker, Fiona Johnstone Northumbrian Ranters

An annual music event is proving a hit with charity after raising thousands for good causes.

The Northumberland Music Festival has presented £3,000 to Hospice Care North Northumberland after raising the money from its series of concerts. It takes the total raised in the festival’s three-year history to £8,000 for various causes.

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 we face a relentless challenge to raise around £280,000 through fund-raising and donations.

“This gift to us will contribute towards the delivery of our palliative care services, with assurance that 100 per cent of the donation will stay local and help local people living in North Northumberland.”

The festival is the brainchild of Robert Parker, who owns Eshott Hall, Doxford Hall and Guyzance Hall.

It runs over three weekends at the venues and features all types of music, from opera to jazz.

The festival will run in November and while finer details have not been set, it promises to feature the Northumberland Ranters, two full-length operas – The Barber of Seville and Tosca, the British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Gilbert and Sullivan and recitals.

For more information visit www.nmfestival.co.uk

 

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