10:31AM, Sunday 01 April 2012
Families in need are set to benefit from a fundraising music festival in Cookham this summer.
Proceeds from Let's Rock the Moor, on Saturday, May 12, will raise money for the Link Foundation, a charity which supports disadvantaged and vulnerable families in Maidenhead and the surrounding area.
The 2011 concert, headlined by Eighties favourite Rick Astley, resulted in a £3,900 donation to the charity.
Link Foundation chairman Una Loughrey said: "It was one of the biggest donations we got last year and it came at a time when we were really oversubscribed with people looking for basic essentials."
The rest of the proceeds went to other good causes such as Wooden Spoon, which supports disadvantaged children through rugby.
Organisers are hoping to exceed the charitable donations with a 'bigger and better' show this year and the Link Foundation, which will be providing lots of volunteers to help on the day, will receive half of the proceeds.
Una said the money will be a much-needed boost to the charity which is facing increasing demand for its services.
She said: "We're incredibly grateful that we going to get 50 per cent of the profits, it makes such a difference to us."
The charity provides essentials to families who are struggling, including baby equipment, beds and school uniforms, and also distributes emergency food supplies. Last year it helped about 700 families, with a peak in demand at Christmas.
Una encouraged people to support the event and said: "It's a great local event and it's really good fun for the family. It epitomises us because it's a family event to help local families and it does a great deal of good."
This year's line up includes Billy Ocean, Go West, Heaven 17, Toyah and Modern Romance, and will be hosted by Pat Sharp on the new location of Marsh Meadow in Cookham.
Tickets are £24 for adults and £14 for children aged three to 12.
Visit www.letsrockthemoor.com for details.
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