Members of the Old Town Festival committee have presented a cheque for £1,345.72 to their chosen charity for the year, TWIGS.
The cash was gathered via bucket collections at this year’s festival.Josie Williams, Festival Chair said: “Many thanks to everyone who donated it really was a fantastic amount to collect for such a worthy cause. Thank you also to all of the committee for giving so freely of your time you are all stars!
“Also many thanks to the Swindon Advertiser, Screaming Media, 105.5 Community Radio, Commonweal School, Drove Vets, Baker Street public house, Kitty Langan Studio and various festival friends for all your support, it was a real team effort.
Liza Lishman, Friend of TWIGS, said: “Friends of Twigs supports two local mental health projects: TWIGS and the Olive Tree café, and we are thrilled to receive such a very generous donation. Following a successful pilot, this money will go towards sustaining our kitchen garden project which not only provides fruit and vegetables for the café, but also makes a positive difference to the lives of the staff and volunteers who work in it.
“We would like to thank both the Old Town Festival committee for choosing to support us and everyone who put money in a bucket at the festival this summer – you do make a difference.”
Planning has already begun for 2017 and the dates have been set 8 – 15 July 2017. The Family Fun day on Lawn is Sunday 9 July and the pop concert in the Bowl is Saturday 15 July. “We had to change the date for next year as a lot of the committee had family events to attend and I didn’t want to leave any one out,” said Josie.
Info on how to take part is on the festival’s website which has been newly created by Josie Williams www.oldtownfestival.org