The count is finally in and we’re ecstatic to announce that Worcester Music Festival 2013 raised a whopping £5,462 to be split between our chosen charities for the year, Worcester Deaf Children’s Society and Sight Concern Worcestershire.

Raised largely over the festival weekend thanks to the efforts of our dedicated charity team and fancy dress aficionados – do you know how long it takes to create an adult My Little Pony costume, let alone pour yourself into a pair of PVC strides to become the ‘organ grinder’? – plans for the money are already being put in place.

Worcester Deaf Children’s Society, a voluntary group run by parents which provides invaluable social and emotional support to 60 families locally, hopes to use the money to run a residential summer camp for deaf children and their families next summer, something that has been a dream for a long while, but something they just couldn’t afford to do.

Sight Concern Worcestershire, which helps blind and partially sighted people lead independent and fulfilling lives, meanwhile, wants to throw itself into making music a key feature at the centre and has plans to set up and run a music group, whilst supporting the musicians who already use the centre and improve access to musical activities overall.

It has been a pleasure to work with both charities and we wish them all the best.

A big thanks to everyone who gave their time to raise money over the festival, as well as every generous last one of you that dug deep and put a coin in a collection box, bought a wristband or entered the raffle. We’d also like to thank the Bransford Trust for their continued generosity, putting their hands in their pockets each year to give us a significant donation.

Over the past six years, we’ve raised over £30,000 for local charities – which good cause will benefit from one of the fastest growing, free festivals of live, original music in 2014?

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