Woodford fundraisers make £6,000 for Cransley Hospice

Money raised at Woodfordstock music festival being handed over to Cransley Hospice, at The Duke's Arms, in Woodford.
Money raised at Woodfordstock music festival being handed over to Cransley Hospice, at The Duke's Arms, in Woodford.
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A variety of events throughout the year held in the village of Woodford, near Kettering, have raised more than £6,000 for Cransley Hospice.

The final amount raised, which included income from the third annual Woodfordstock music festival in August as well as a variety of other events centred around the Duke’s Arms pub, totalled £6,013.

The pub and its customers were raising money in memory of musician Al Tait, who died at Cransley Hospice in 2008.

Stevie Poole, a friend of Mr Tait who used to play alongside him in their band, said: “We have been supporting Cransley for five years.”

Mr Poole, who also helps to organise Woodfordstock, added: “The money raised is a joint effort between the festival and the things the pub has been putting on throughout the year.”

He said a large proportion of the money raised came from sponsorship accumulated by the High Street pub’s landlord, Tony Blyth, and three others, who walked along the 84-mile length of Hadrian’s Wall, also in August.

And Mr Poole paid tribute to the support from the community for events raising money for Cransley.

The pub will hold a number of events next year to raise money for the hospice.

The cheque was handed over to Cransley Hospice fundraiser Di Patrick in a presentation at the pub in Woodford last month.