Charity music festival ready to rock ‘n’ raise

Posted on in Events, Fundraising, The Friarage

A fantastic day of music is planned for the bank holiday weekend in a North Yorkshire village to raise money for South Tees Hospitals Charity, which provides funds for the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton.

Now in its sixth year, the charity music festival Cowtonbury is on a mission to raise over £100,000 to support end of life care in the local community and the Friarage Hospital. So far they have raised over £70,000.

Cowtonbury will be rocking the roof at The Beeswing Inn, East Cowton, Northallerton on Sunday 25 August. There will be 12 hours of live music from 1pm, with children welcome until 5pm – plus great food and drink.

The annual festival started in 2013 by Beth Robinson, landlady of The Beeswing Inn, when her mum was diagnosed with breast cancer. Beth’s mum has been in remission now for nearly five years, however unfortunately her father Les was diagnosed with incurable lung cancer and passed away in August last year at the Friarage.

Now Beth is working to raise funds for the Friarage Hospital for the next three years to improve the environment and the experience of patients and their families, to offer dignity and comfort in the final hours to loved ones and a place for families to be together.

Beth said: “I know first-hand how important good end of life facilities and services are, which is why we are raising money to make them better. Cowtonbury is always something really special. We have eight bands playing a variety of music and it’s a fun day out – so I’d urge you to come along and support us.”

Suzi Campbell, South Tees Hospitals Charity, said: “Cowtonbury has already made a huge difference in supporting patients and families during challenging times. We are keen to work with the Cowtonbury team to build on this to ensure their fundraising makes the impact they would wish for. Please support this great event and get your tickets for what will be a brilliant day.”

The event is being kindly sponsored by Barker’s of Northallerton, who will continue to sponsor the event for the next three years. Charles Barker said: “We are firm believers in doing our bit in supporting our much loved and vital Friarage Hospital here in Northallerton. It’s played such an important role in the lives of so many people in this area.”

Guy Barker said: “When we heard about the amazing work of Beth, Leanne, and the team at the Cowtonbury Music Festival, and their fundraising efforts so far, we were only too pleased to offer our support to their target of raising £40,000 over three years to support palliative care at the Friarage”

Tickets cost £15 each. To get yours, call The Beeswing Inn on 01325 378349. Tickets are also on sale from the main entrance of the Friarage on Thursday 15 August and Thursday 22 August.