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Big donation to mini music festival

MUSIC CASH ... The Rosiefest cash is presented to Deborah Roberts of Cancer Connections by, left, Natalie Lascelles with her mother, Pat Lascelles, right.

MUSIC CASH ... The Rosiefest cash is presented to Deborah Roberts of Cancer Connections by, left, Natalie Lascelles with her mother, Pat Lascelles, right.

A MINI music festival raised almost £2,000 for a South Shields cancer charity.

Rosiefest, organised by Natalie Lascelles, raised £1,977 for Harton Lane-based Cancer Connections.

The 35-year-old, from the Lawe Top, South Shields, had wanted to organise a mini festival for years, and decided to help a good cause with her efforts.

She said: “I thought about doing it for charity, and Cancer Connections kept coming up, I thought it was a great local cause.

“The event was really fun and a great way to raise money for charity.

“I was so pleased with how much was raised on the day. It’s a great amount considering if was the first time I’ve done the event.”

The event, held on the field at the Holborn Rose and Crown in South Shields, included music from DJs and local performers Rob Sampson, Dean James Stobbs, The Waiters, Scott Kiers and Teapot Tuesday.

Natalie, a nursery nurse at the town’s Bamburgh Special School, said: “I’m planning on making it an annual event now.

“Next year, I want to split the money that I raise between Cancer Connections and St Clare’s Hospice in Jarrow.

“I’m going to set myself a fundraising target as well and I want to do better than this year, so I’m going to aim for £2,500.

“I just want to say a big thank-you as well to everyone who helped me to organise the event and everyone who helped out and performed on the day.”

Deborah Roberts, co-founding member of Cancer Connections, said: “This is a wonderful donation, and everyone here at Cancer Connections is thrilled to receive it.

“Natalie did a great job of organising this mini music festival and it’s done a lot to help us continue our work.”

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