andy tribute - Oakfest Rye

Oak Fest Rye

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The  idea of Oakfest was first conceived back in 2013 by Matt Parsons, in  memory of his best friend Andy, who was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma - a  rare form of Bone Cancer.
At  the tender age of 17, Andy was treated with four months Chemotherapy  and had to have an amputation. He also had operations on both lungs to  remove tumours. After treatment he received the news on his 18th  birthday that his condition was terminal. He sadly passed away in  February 2004.
In  2014 Matt together with his father John, decided to hold a one-off all  day OAKFEST Music Festival, to mark the Tenth Anniversary of Andy's  death, with all proceeds going to The TEENAGE CANCER TRUST.
The  Festival was such a success that local people requested it be repeated  in following years, so that donations could be made to other deserving  causes.
Due  to the sheer volume of people who had attended OAKFEST 2014, and the  massive support from Musicians, local people and businesses nearby, Matt  and John decided to look for a larger venue. They finally decided on an  idyllic field near to the Cinque Port Town of Rye, East Sussex. What  could be better than enjoying a balmy Summer afternoon, listening to  your favourite music with friends and family.
Each year progressively more people are attending the Festival. Last year in 2015 a staggering £3,500 was raised for The OLIVER CURD TRUST  - a charity which provides fully equipped holiday accommodation to  families, supporting children and young people in the UK, suffering from  childhood cancer and other life threatening illnesses.
All  volunteers, organisers, musicians, photographers and helpers give their  time for free. The Venue, Bar, Stage, Lighting, Sound System, Real  Ales, Food for the Barbecue, Raffle Prizes and Portaloos are all  sponsored by local people and businesses - for which the Festival could  not go ahead.
Our thanks go to them all!


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