Gin­ger cel­e­bra­tions Fes­ti­val re­turns in mem­ory of Angie

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - Robin JENK­INS robin.jenk­[email protected]­

TAXI driver Alan Wakefield is get­ting ready to host the sec­ond an­nual Ginge­fest - in­cor­po­rat­ing a com­edy night and a day of live mu­sic.

The fes­ti­val is in mem­ory of his late wife Angie Wakefield, who died from can­cer in March 2017, and will raise money for Sue Ry­der Leck­hamp­ton Court Hospice as it sup­ported her dur­ing her fi­nal days.

With Angie’s hair be­ing gin­ger, he de­cided to call the event Ginge­fest as a trib­ute to her.

Last year it raised an im­pres­sive £5,000 for the char­ity.

This year, he hopes to top that by en­cour­ag­ing a big­ger crowd to join in with the sum­mer fun.

Ginge­fest kicks off on July 26 with a com­edy night at the Cotswold Area Civil Ser­vice Sports As­so­ci­a­tion in Tewkes­bury Road, Chel­tenham.

Doors will open at 7pm with en­ter­tain­ers such as Cerys Nelmes, Adam Beardsmore, and Ja­son Neale tak­ing to the stage, along with com­edy head­liner Jon Wagstaffe.

This will be fol­lowed by a fam­ily fun day on July 27. Doors will open at noon

and eight bands and singers will en­ter­tain crowds un­til 10pm. There will also be an ale tent, a gin tent, and plenty of in­flat­a­bles.

Alan, who has cho­sen the civil ser­vice club as the lo­ca­tion of Ginge­fest due to his in­volve­ment with its foot­ball club (as a player, man­ager and chair­man) for the past 40 years, aims to raise as much as pos­si­ble in Angie’s mem­ory.

He said: “The team at Sue Ry­der Leck­hamp­ton Court Hospice were phe­nom­e­nal in their care of my Angie.

“I can’t put into words how great they all were, from Dr Paul Perkins the con­sul­tant to the nurs­ing team, cooks and clean­ers.

“They were all bril­liant. I know that their care can only con­tinue with dona­tions, which is what mo­ti­vated us all to start fundrais­ing.

“I hope pro­ceeds from the fes­ti­val will help peo­ple go­ing through the same thing we were.”

Alysia Cameron-price, the hospice’s com­mu­nity fundrais­ing man­ager, said: “We are very grate­ful for Alan’s con­tin­ued fundrais­ing ef­forts for Sue Ry­der through Ginge­fest.

“It is the per­fect lo­cal sum­mer fes­ti­val to get be­hind and en­joy with friends and fam­ily - so please do get your tick­ets as soon as pos­si­ble so you can be part of what’s cer­tain to be an in­cred­i­bly fun cou­ple of days.

“As a char­ity, we rely on dona­tions from lo­cal fundrais­ers such as Alan, along with his friends and fam­ily, to keep our ser­vices run­ning. With ev­ery ticket sold you will help to raise funds which will al­low our care to con­tinue.

“We look for­ward to see­ing lots of lo­cals there.”

Tick­ets can be bought from the club’s club­house in Tewkes­bury Road or by email­ing civvy­gin­ge­[email protected]­


Alan Wakefield with his late wife Angie and daugh­ter Gemma

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