MUSIC lovers are being given their opportunity to help a huge appeal inspired by a teenage cancer sufferer.
Stephen Sutton’s fund for the Teenage Cancer Trust has topped £3.1 million, with more than 130,000 donations, and support from comics Jason Manford, Russell Brand and Stephen Fry.
And now people attending the Burnley Rock and Blues Festival, over this bank holiday weekend, will have the chance to chip in to support the Staffordshire student’s cause.
Eleven official venues at the festival, from Burnley Mechanics where The Hoax will headline, to the Kettledrum Inn at Cliviger, will have collection buckets. Profits from Lawson’s landmark gig at the UCLan Burnley campus on Sunday are also being donated to Stephen’s fund – which is now more than treble its original target.
Promoter Steve Reid, from organisers Doc Redeye, said: “This will be the third year we have raised money for the Teenage Cancer Trust and work closely with their North West office. When we heard what was being done for the Stephen Sutton fund we were happy to be involved. Last year we raised around £2,000 for the trust.”
The festival has been boosted by a fresh injection of support.
Mojitos, in Ormerod Street, will host the LA Stage and Calder Vale Sports Club is home to the Atlanta Stage – and is offering camping for those wanting overnight stays.
Youth will take its turn in Charter Walk and The Mix returns to the fray with the Denver Stage.
Ninos at Cliviger boasts the Lousiana Stage, the Red Triangle doubles as Nashville Stage and The Pavilion as the New York Stage, with Cow Lane’s Sanctuary the Seattle Stage.