A POPULAR Northumberland music event has selected three charities to benefit from its support.
The inaugural Northumberland Music Festival collected almost £2,500 for charity last year from ticket sales for concerts at Eshott, Doxford and Guyzance Halls.
This year organisers are hoping to repeat the gesture and have chosen to split the funds raised between HospiceCare North Northumberland, Macmillan Cancer Support and Action Medical Research.
Event founder Robert Parker, who owns the three concert venues, said: “This year the organisations we support represent the breadth of Northumberland society, from helping newborn babies to supporting the elderly.
“We are delighted to team up with these charities to offer financial support. They play a crucial role in helping our communities and it is a wonderful honour to give something back.”
Macmillan Cancer Support offers practical, medical and financial assistance to cancer patients and their families, Action Medical Research supports medical breakthroughs for the treatment of children’s diseases and disabilities, and HospiceCare North Northumberland offers care to more than 200 patients, as well as their families and carers, every year in the county.
HospiceCare spokeswoman Julie Mawer said: “HospiceCare North Northumberland is delighted to be chosen as one of the very lucky charities to be supported by such an exciting festival of music.
“Doxford Hall, Eshott Hall and Guyzance Hall are fabulous places to hold events such as this.
“Music is something that brings so much joy into people’s lives and our involvement in the Northumberland Music Festival not only helps spread that joy, but will also help people in need.”
The 10-day festival will begin on November 9 and will feature musicians from across the country.
Performers include Much Loved Productions, which will sing well-known Gilbert and Sullivan pieces, as well as festival newcomers Opera North.
More details about the concerts can be found online at www.nmfestival.com or by calling 01668 283100.