Festival plans gather pace

Spontaneous ... Beccy Smith, who is organising a charity music festival in Edwardstone next month.
Spontaneous ... Beccy Smith, who is organising a charity music festival in Edwardstone next month.
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A KERSEY woman is organising a festival to raise money for stricken farmers half way around the world.

Beccy Smith, 31, is the driving force behind a mini-music festival which hopes to raise funds and awareness for the little known La Isla Foundation.

The South American charity works to identify the causes of chronic kidney disease – an illness which affects thousands of agricultural workers in Nicaragua.

Beccy found out about the charity as she researched a trip and has put together a line up of bands to play at the The White Horse in Edwardstone on September 11.

“I’m looking to do some volunteering when I go travelling next year and just stumbled across this charity,” she said.

“I made a donation and, quite spontaneously, came up with the idea of a festival.”

Beccy, who is in a band called The Jim Jims, and will be performing at the event, added: “I am really looking forward to it.”

Other bands performing at the festival, which will run from midday until 6pm, include Beatpusher, Spacecake and Route 66.

Entry is £5 for adults and £3 for under 16s.