Band festival aims to banish stigma of mental health issues

Band festival organiser Natalie Lascelles, right, at last year's music event at the Holborn Rose and Crown - with friends,left to right, Nicki Scott and Samantha Hepplwhite.
Band festival organiser Natalie Lascelles, right, at last year's music event at the Holborn Rose and Crown - with friends,left to right, Nicki Scott and Samantha Hepplwhite.

A music extravaganza at a South Tyneside pub is aiming to banish the stigma surrounding mental health.

Natalie Lascelles is once again putting her event-organising skills to the test to host her fourth band festival.

I’ve done band festivals in the past to raise money for charity. But this time I decided I wanted to raise awareness of mental health and to try and get rid of the stigma attached to it.

Natalie Lascelles, organiser

The 38-year-old nursery nurse has, in the past raised, thousands of pounds for local charities including Cancer Connections and the Charlie Cookson Foundation.

This time, she has turned her attentions to raising the profile of mental health in a bid to banish misconceptions about the condition.

Natalie said: “I’ve done band festivals in the past to raise money for charity. But this time I decided I wanted to raise awareness of mental health and to try and get rid of the stigma attached to it.

“The band festivals have always been a huge success and through Facebook we have already been able to raise a lot of awareness about mental health and about the event.”

Lazy Sunday will take place at the Holborn Rose and Crown in East Holborn, South Shields, on Sunday, May 24.

It will feature singers Jen Stevens, Charlie and Shaw, Dean Palmer, Matty Rayson and Rosie & Red.

There will also be character visits, balloon modelling and face painting. Refreshment stands will also be available as well as raffles and a bottle tombola.

Entry to the event is free, however, people are asked to make a donation.

Money raised will be donated to charities Impact, MIND and WHIST (Women’s Health in South Tyneside) based in South Shields.

The event starts at 3pm until late.

Children are welcome.