Heathfest 2013 raises thousands of pounds for charity

Published on: 30 Jan 2014

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VISITORS to last year’s popular Heathfest can give themselves a well deserved pat on the back – they’ve raised thousands of pounds for domestic violence charity Survive.

Each year Heathfest organisers nominate a charity to benefit from fundraising at their summer festival.

Last year Bristol and South Gloucestershire-based Survive was selected and thanks to the generosity of Heathfest  supporters the charity has been handed £2,500 to help with its vital work.

Members of Heathfest’s 2013 committee, along with a gaggle of youngsters, met with Survive chief executive Anna Smith at the Sandringham pub in Downend to hand over a giant cheque.

Bromley Bear, the well-loved Bromley Heath life-sized mascot, was there to oversee proceeding and to ensure the children were kept entertained.

Angela Athay-Hunt, Heathfest 2013’s co-chair, said: “This is absolutely what Heathfest represents.

“Bromley Heath is such an amazing, family orientated area with children who are growing up together. This focus led us straight to the work of Survive who are literally a lifeline to many families in South Gloucestershire experiencing domestic abuse.

“We were all moved when we heard about huge funding cuts to this vital local support and, in particular, Survive’s ‘Back-on-Track’ program which supports children aged 7 to 11 who have been directly affected by domestic violence. 

“We have been overwhelmed by the reaction of the local community to our choice and this generosity and support at Heathfest 2013 means that we have been able to donate this wonderful sum.”

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