A pair of Morpeth pals will soon make it a hat-trick of fund-raising activities for good causes.
Sandra Davidson and Edith Sanderson are part of the organising trio for a feast of live music – called Chopper Fest – at Felmoor Park, Eshottheugh, on Saturday.
They have teamed up once again with friend Louise Currie. The three of them put together a glittering Gladrags Ball at Morpeth Rugby Club in 2011, which included an auction and raffle.
They raised a total between £4,500 and £5,000 for the children’s cancer ward at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary and £450 was donated to Help for Heroes.
In 2008, Crown Prosecution Service caseworker Edith and court usher Sandra raised in the region of £6,000 for the breast cancer unit at Wansbeck General Hospital after completing the rigorous Inca Trail in Peru.
The main act at Chopper Fest is Steve Daggett, who was in Lindisfarne for a spell in the 1980s and is part of the new line-up for the band (Ray Jackson’s Lindisfarne). He was also a member of new wave band Stiletto and has done a few solo albums.
The other performers on the stage from 1.30pm to 7.30pm include Snakehead, Scratch, Dead Man’s Shoes, Rudi (John Hedley), Paul & Rich and Gary Featherstone – there will also be a DJ between the artists. Daggett will then play in the clubhouse from 8pm.
All the proceeds from the event will go to the Great North Air Ambulance.
Edith said: “We went to the POWFEST music festival a couple of years ago and when we were sat watching the bands, we came up with the idea of organising our own music event for charity.
“It has been harder than we expected, as things like getting the PA system sorted are more complicated than we thought, but I’m sure that come Saturday night, it will all be worth it.
“Finding a suitable venue was proving difficult until we had a bit of luck one night.
“We were actually discussing the potential arrangements and performers when we bumped into one of the owners at Felmoor Park, Ian Thornton, and he said we could use the park. We’re very grateful to him and the musicians who are playing for free.
“Those who come along will have a relaxing and enjoyable day and they will get to watch a good mix of bands and artists. Parents can bring along their children in the afternoon and Ian has made some picnic tables as people can bring their own food and drink for the marquee area.
“If the weather is ok, there will also be an outside bar.
“The Great North Air Ambulance is a very important service and it is Felmoor Park’s nominated charity, so it was fitting to choose it to benefit from Chopper Fest.”
The Inca Trail involved a three-day march to the 550-year-old citadel of Machu Picchu and it included a climb over Dead Woman’s Pass, 4,200m above sea level.
Edith said: “Doing the trek for charity got me through it, I wouldn’t have completed it otherwise.
“We received great support from the people of Morpeth. There were at least three donations of £100 and an elderly lady who recognised us from the Herald article came up to us to give us £5.
“Lots of people supported the ball as well, Paul Mitford paid for the food and cooked it himself and there were plenty of donations from businesses in the town.”
Tickets for Chopper Fest are priced £10 for adults and £2.50 for under 15s. They are available in advance from Sam Allan Estates in Sanderson Arcade and the Shambles pub in Bridge Street.
Camping is available at Felmoor Park from £15. For more information, call the venue on 01670 787790.