Music festival’s biggest donation

LeeStock 2015''Pictured: The MJM Band ANL-150525-232517009
LeeStock 2015''Pictured: The MJM Band ANL-150525-232517009

This year’s LeeStock Music Festival - held in memory of Sudbury man Lee Dunford - has made it biggest ever charitable donation.

The annual event, held in May at Melford Hall in Long Melford, was attended by record numbers, resulting in organisers being able to donate £12,500 to the Willow Foundation.

The national charity works with seriously ill young adults aged 16 to 40 to fulfil their unforgettable special days.

Matt Keogh, one of the organisers, said “It was amazing to see so many numbers descending on Melford Hall this year.

“The festival went perfectly with great weather and an amazing atmosphere, so now that the dust has settled it is very rewarding to know that we will be able to give the Willow Foundation a big donation.”

To date, the event has raised more than £50,000 for the charity.

Co-organiser Pete Keogh added: “This year, there were several contributors to the donation, on top of festival proceeds, including Ash Watt’s football challenge and £200 given by a festival-goer who won the money as a prize at the festival and then donated it straight back.

The mother of Lee Dunford, Rose Dunford, said: “To have people donating such large sums at the festival is very touching. The festival was so much fun and Lee would have loved it. We’re looking forward to next year’s festival already.”