Summer Jam announces Teenage Cancer Trust as chosen festival charity
The Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for young people aged 13 to 24 who are diagnosed with cancer. The charity has massive support across the music industry and has a number of ambassadors including the Jam’s Paul Weller, and Noel and Liam Gallagher.
The Summer Jam is a weekend camping festival taking place in an idyllic setting on Riverside Fields, Silsden over the August Bank Holiday weekend (22nd – 24th August 2014) and is headlined on the Sunday by The Jam’s former bass player Bruce Foxton with his band, "From the Jam".
Summer Jam co-organiser John Beaumont said: "We decided to put on a major event with three main aims - to bring top quality live music to our area, giving local people and music fans a weekend to remember; to give young up-and-coming musicians a leg-up and provide them with a platform to perform on; and to raise as much money as we possibly can for a really special cause."
John continued: "The Teenage Cancer Trust is an amazing charity which is close to the hearts of young people and, subsequently, to everyone in the music industry, in particular the mod community, so it just seemed to us to be the obvious choice."
There will also be a stall at the Summer Jam festival run by Edgar’s Gift – a cancer charity based in Leicester which provides gifts and wishes for young adult cancer patients aged between 18 and 30. Neil and Julie Bradman set up the appeal in 2010 after losing their son, Ben Edkins, to Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of muscle cancer when he was just 25.
Neil said, "Since then we have completed 132 wishes mainly in the East Midlands area and we are now working to extend northwards to support more young people. So a big thank-you to Summer Jam festival for providing a stall at the event which will enable us to reach out to people from across Yorkshire and music fans from all over the UK.”
Festival-goers will be able to buy copies of their charity CD – "The 29 Rock You Cancer" a compilation of contributions by 29 bands from the UK and overseas, including Leeds rockers Lost in Olympus who are performing at the festival.
Neil said the most popular wish among young adults is an ipad, as that helps to keep them occupied and stay in touch socially while they go through their chemotheraphy and radiotherapy treatment. Other wishes range from VIP days out at football matches, weekends away, and spa days to iphones and cameras.
For more information about the Summer Jam festival please visit www.dirtyboyinc.com (where you can buy tickets online) or phone UK 07581 498817. For more information about the Teenage Cancer Trust and Edgar’s Gift please visit www.teenagecancertrust.org and www.edgarsgift.org.uk respectively.
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[News item based on press release supplied by Crux Communications - April 2014.]