TWO NORTH EAST charities will receive a boost in funding this summer, with the backing of the region’s biggest live music festival.
Hardwick Live Festival returns to Hardwick Hall Hotel, County Durham from 17 to 18 August, with a top line-up of acts including Manic Street Preachers, James, The Zutons, Lisa Stansfield and Ziggy Marley.
And organisers have revealed that the chosen charities which will benefit from this year’s event are the Solan Connor Fawcett Family Cancer Trust and the Angel Trust, which offer support to those in need in Darlington and County Durham.
Based in Spennymoor, the Solan Connor Fawcett Family Cancer Trust gives help and advice to people with cancer and their families, including coffee mornings, a therapy room and a wig bank for those who lose their hair during treatment.
The charity also offers financial assistance through its Team Solan Grants, which are one-off payments for a range of needs such as a family break or help paying bills.
Also receiving funding from the festival is the Angel Trust, which is backed by ambassadors including TV’s Scarlett Moffat.
The trust provides support and services to individuals and organisations by funding projects that promote good citizenship and enhance the community, along with helping to relieve financial hardships.
John Adamson, who owns Hardwick Hall Hotel, said: “We are delighted to be in a position to give back to the community by supporting some very important local causes.
“Both of our chosen charities do amazing work for those in need and make a real difference in the lives of the people they help.
“Supporting charity work is something we are very passionate about and we hope that the proceeds from this year’s event will help the trusts to continue to create positive change in the region.”
Those heading to the summer festival can make the most of a first-class line-up, with Stiff Little Fingers, Sister Sledge featuring Kathy Sledge, Billy Bragg, The Sherlocks and The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club taking to the stage over the weekend.
This year the Coachhouse Courtyard will welcome a dance arena, with world-famous club brand Glitterbox taking over the space on Saturday, followed by Retro on Sunday and sets from top DJs including Joey Negro, Horse Meat Disco, Jeremy Healy and Brandon Block.
Tickets for this year’s Hardwick Live Festival are currently on sale at £55 for one day or £99 for both days. Concessions are available for children and 13-17-year-olds.
Camping and glamping options are also available for those who want to immerse themselves in the festival experience.
For more information or to book tickets, visit www.hardwicklive.co.uk.