On Saturday 22nd June, over 3,500 music lovers
gathered at the Recreation Ground in Tongham for this year’s Samfest, an all-day festival
which brings together people of all ages to celebrate music and life.
The festival raised money for local charities including Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care, which
provides supportive and end of life care for adult patients and families who
are living with an advanced or terminal illness, such as cancer.
Queen tribute band Rock Q and
Oasis tribute band Maybe Oasis led the line-up, while Ska
Dogs sang hits from the likes of Madness, The Specials and Bad Manners, The Chilli Fighters fused the music
of the Foo Fighters with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers to create a fantastic funk
rock set, and The Frets and X factor contestant Jack Mason rounded off a fine
main stage line up. With a fun fair and a festival market too, this really was a
brilliant day out for the whole family.
“We would like to thank the organisers of Samfest for choosing to
support Phyllis Tuckwell once again. It’s easy to underestimate how much work
goes into putting on an event of this size and we are so grateful to Michael
and the team for all the hard work and time they put in to making the 2019
Samfest such a successful family event in our community” said Charli
Quay-Barnham, Community Fundraising Manager at Phyllis Tuckwell. “Every day we support over 250
patients, relatives and carers, through medical and nursing care, therapies,
counselling, social work advice and practical support, but as the NHS/Government
only covers 20% of our costs, we have to raise over £20,000 a day to do this,
and the money donated from Samfest will help us to hit this target.” 100% of the profits from
Samfest will be split between several local charities, with Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care receiving 70%
of profits and the remaining 30% being split between other local charities and
community groups based in Tongham. To find out more about Phyllis Tuckwell and
the care it provides, visit www.pth.org.uk.