Cranham charity to host music festival in memory of 25-year-old who died from addiction
PUBLISHED: 15:25 01 June 2018
A Cranham homeless charity has organised a music festival in Upminster in memory of a 25-year-old woman who died from addiction.
RecoveryFest has been organised by members of Above Us Only Sky - a charity that hands out sleeping bags to those living on the streets - and is hoping to raise awareness of homelessness and addiction.
The festival is a celebration of all those who have managed to find recovery from addictions and turned their lives around - and is why it has been called RecoveryFest.
It will take place on Saturday, June 30 in the walled garden in Stubbers Adventure Centre, Ockendon Road, Upminster.
There will be performances by four live bands (Power Band, Avalon, High Frequency and Angelle) along with food and areas for information and advice on recovery.
Former addict and now ambassador for the charity, Ken Lindsay, will be selling artwork to raise funds for Above Us Only Sky.
Power Band were originally formed back in 1992 and are now a five piece band playing well known covers across a wide variety of genres including rock ‘n’ roll, pop, rock, blues and soul.
The band retired in 1997 but, by popular demand, reformed within a year.
Avalon have been formed specifically for RecoveryFest. The band is made up of two professional musicians and two gigging musicians playing vintage rock, blues and motown numbers.
High Frequency is a high energy party five piece band from Hornchurch, playing everything from the swinging 60s to the present day.
Angelle is a singer songwriter from East London covering a wide range of genres from pop-rock to acoustic.
Karen Still is a trustee of the charity, and is one of the members that has helped organise the festival.
She told the Recorder: “Some people who have unfortunately ended up on the streets have had issues with addictions which led them down the wrong path.
“There is the other side of the issue where many who find themselves homeless turn to substances to help them cope with living on the streets.
“The music festival will raise awareness of both issues but also be a celebration of all those who have managed to find recovery from addictions and turned their lives around.
“The event is being dedicated to a young local lady called Carla who died in 2013 at the age of 25. She unfortunately did not find recovery from her addictions but we hope that her story and the event can help to remind others that they can find help, there is hope and that they can turn their lives around.
“We hope that as many people as possible can support this event and help to create awareness and raise funds for the homeless and those who are suffering from addictions.
“The music festival is open to all and we welcome everyone to come along for a fun filled day.”
The festival will be an alcohol free event.
The ticket price is £15 for the day and under 12’s are free. The day will run from 3.30pm until around 9.30pm.
Tickets can be purchased online.