A fantastic three-day music festival has raised a wonderful £5,700 for St Catherine’s Hospice, whilst also supporting small businesses in the area.
Croston Fest has been running for four years and this year it involved 55 bands and singers performing at seven venues throughout the village, such as pubs and restaurants, over a Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Organiser Stuart Laverick said: “Croston Fest initially started to raise money for those who were affected by flooding damage in homes and local businesses. It was so popular and successful that we’ve continued to run it every year since, and this year we chose to raise funds for St Catherine’s.
“Money was raised through the sale of wristbands to gain entry into the venues, as well as a raffle which was organised by Andy Edmondson from the Black Horse.
“I think everyone in the village knows of someone who has received the care of St Catherine’s, so it’s a cause which is very close to our hearts, and we’re proud to help and support the hospice in this way.
“Croston Fest also provides a boost for the local businesses taking part, and creates a real sense of community spirit for the residents too. It’s a fantastic thing for Croston, and I’m pleased that we can support a local charity like St Catherine’s in the process.”
Hayley Jackson, community engagement officer at the hospice, said: “We’re so grateful to Stuart and everyone involved in Croston Fest for choosing to support St Catherine’s through this amazing event – this is such a fantastic amount which will really help in our efforts to care for local people with life-shortening illnesses.
“We simply wouldn’t be able to provide our specialist palliative and end-of-life care at the hospice and in people’s own homes if it wasn’t for the wonderful support of communities, so we’d like to say a very big ‘thank you’ to the people of Croston for this generous donation.”