Top bands back gig for char­ity

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - SOUNDS GOOD -

THE Rock­4Macmil­lan fes­ti­val re­turns to Home­lands next week, when Ash­ford’s best­known bands will once again take to the stage to sup­port the can­cer char­ity. The pre­vi­ous event in Oc­to­ber saw 400 fans at­tend, rais­ing £800, and or­gan­iser Julie Twydell says fans can ex­pect an even bet­ter show this time round. Graphic de­signer Julie, 25, set up the fes­ti­val to raise money for Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port which works to im­prove the lives of peo­ple af­fected by can­cer. She has been a sup­porter of the char­ity since her fa­ther Ted’s death from the dis­ease in 1998. She said: “Last time it was bril­liant, an event­ful, emo­tional roller­coaster event. Peo­ple had so many dif­fer­ent rea­sons for be­ing there, sup­port­ing the char­ity, the bands etc, and this year will be even big­ger and bet­ter. “I’d like to thank Peter Young from Ash­ford Town Foot­ball Club, Steve Monk from Ash­ford Rocks, and of course all the bands. “I’m 26 on April 11, so it’s my birth­day bash too!” In ad­di­tion to the con­certs, Julie raised £1,500 for Macmil­lan last May by walk­ing 100 miles across the Sa­hara desert. In Novem­ber, she is head­ing to Mex­ico for a 240 mile jun­gle trek and white wa­ter raft­ing chal­lenge, which she hopes will raise a fur­ther £3,000. The line-up for the fes­ti­val on Easter Satur­day, April 7, in­cludes favourites like Sizen, Elec­tric River, Day­fall and many more. Doors open at 3pm, with tick­ets cost­ing £5. All prof­its from the night will go to Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port.

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Or­gan­iser Julie Twydell

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