£4,601 raised by Worcester Music Festival and HSBC bank for Young Carers
WMF charity cheque presentation 2It was a very special Hallowe’en at Young Carers club this year as the news broke that thousands of pounds had been raised for them by this year’s Worcester Music Festival, with help from HSBC bank.WMF charity cheque presentation 3A cheque for £4,601 was presented to them: of this, £3,527 was raised through the generosity of the thousands of music fans who attended this year’s free, three-day live music event across the city in August, while £1,074 was raised by HSBC employees from the county, who completed a nine-mile sponsored walk to do their bit. All sponsorship money raised by HSBC staff this year was boosted by its Pound for Pound scheme.

Mary Lewis, team manager for Worcestershire Young Carers (YSS), said: “I think it is absolutely fantastic and the money will go a long way in helping us to provide a range of activities for our 200 or so young carers. We’d like to thank Worcester Music Festival, HSBC and everyone who got involved this year in helping to raise awareness of our charity. We also all really enjoyed the festival in itself.”

WMF charity cheque presentation 1Lynden Berrio, community representative for HSBC Worcester branch in Broad Street, said they had got involved as part of the bank’s ongoing commitment to supporting local charities. “We had been looking to build a relationship with an established community initiative that has the same focus on charity as ourselves and Worcester Music Festival fitted the bill,” he said. “We are proud we have been able to help raise invaluable funds for a local cause that supports young people with a huge amount of responsibility on their shoulders.”

All money raised will help Worcestershire Young Carers continue to have more activities and residential trips to give them a break from caring and the opportunity to socialise.

For more information: www.hsbc.co.uk/1/2/about-us/sustainability/community.
For more on Worcester Music Festival, visit www.wumufest.co.uk and follow the fest on Twitter @worcsmusicfest.


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