The team behind Worcester Music Festival have chosen their charity for 2018’s event: local organisation Worcestershire Association of Carers. The Festival, which takes place between Friday 14 and Sunday 16 September, is hosted across the city centre and celebrates the arts while supporting a different local cause each year. Festival goers will be encouraged to donate to the charity during one of the festival’s 250+ live performances over the weekend.

Worcestershire Association of Carers, founded in 1997, is a registered charity that provides an independent source of information, advice and support for unpaid carers who dedicate their time to caring for their loved ones. They also endeavour to represent them on both a local and national level, gaining them the recognition they deserve. As a service that supports the selfless, the association is one that well and truly deserves the support of the festival.

On the announcement, Carole Cumino, CEO of Worcestershire Association of Carers, said,

“We are absolutely delighted to be Worcester Music Festival’s Charity of the Year. It is a fantastic local event that we are looking forward to being involved with as community support is so important to us. We hope to use some of the money raised to start our own carers choir as we know how important and uplifting music can be in people’s lives. 2018 is Worcestershire Association of Carers 20th anniversary year so this is a wonderful way to start and we and are so grateful for the support.”

With the money raised, the charity plan to continue these events, launching a carers choir as a priority as, in a recent a report, music and singing activities have been found to improve wellbeing and enhance a sense of purpose in those taking part. They are also looking to host wellbeing and mindfulness sessions for carers to develop engagement and support.

Nicola Boraston, the festival’s charity co-ordinator, said,

“It’s important for the festival to support worthy causes and Worcestershire Association of Carers is definitely one we’re passionate about. In the past, we’ve supported Worcestershire Young Carers so we’re looking forward to continue our support for the caring community.”

For more information on Worcestershire Association of Careers, please visit www.carersworcs.org.uk Or follow them on Facebook.

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