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13:41 Sunday 22 April 2012  Written by Sophie Flowers

Let's Rock the Moor could raise £20k for charities

Thousands will be raised for disadvantaged children at a fundraising Eighties concert next month.

Let's Rock the Moor, on Saturday, May 12, will feature a host of well-known faces, from Billy Ocean to Pat Sharp, at a musical extravaganza on Marsh Meadow in Cookham.

It's set to be the second biggest Eighties event in the country, with the proceeds going to worthy causes.

One of the main beneficiaries will be Wooden Spoon, which raises funds for children who are disadvantaged with the support of the UK rugby community. It was founded in 1983 when England last won the Wooden Spoon - losing all their home international matches.

In the last few years Wooden Spoon has supported a Rivertime Trust boat for use by disabled children on the Thames, the Priory School in Burnham for children with cerebral palsy and Camp Mohawk in Wargrave which has a 'softroom suite' for children with autism.

Dr Barrie Mair (pictured), chairman of Chilterns Region which covers Berkshire and Bucks, said: "These projects have lasting effects, bringing happiness to children and relief to parents."

Last year the charity received £7,500 from Let's Rock the Moor and put it towards providing an outdoor educational unit for Westfield Primary School in Bourne End, which helps children between five and 10 with extreme emotional and behaviour problems.

Concert co-organiser and Wooden Spoon member Mike Clark said: "We were looking for a charity with national awareness but a local structure. Wooden Spoon met our target for providing support for young people, as it specialises in supporting young people who are disadvantaged."

With a bigger venue this year Let's Rock the Moor could attract up to 6,500 people, raising more than £20,000 to be split equally between Wooden Spoon and the Link Foundation, with smaller amounts going to village charities.

The line up includes Billy Ocean, Go West, Heaven 17, Toyah and Modern Romance, and will be hosted by Pat Sharp. Tickets are £24 for adults and £14 for children aged three to 12. Visit for details.

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