Manchester’s entertainment complex, The Printworks, has raised over £30,000 for The Christie at this year’s Manchester Soul Festival, bringing the grand total to date to over £95,000.
Following three successful years raising over £65,000 for The Christie, The Printworks planned to make this year’s event bigger than ever, setting a record-breaking target of £35,000, which would take the cumulative total to a huge £100,000. Although just £4,453.23 short of its huge target, The Printworks still has its sights on bigger and better, and is currently planning several follow up events to raise the extra needed.
More than 48,500 people got their groove on over the bank holiday weekend for the biggest Northern Soul event of the year, celebrating all the fun and nostalgia of one of Manchester’s most-loved musical eras.
Over 100 acts took to the various stages of The Printworks, including the likes of Stax of Soul, Geoff Rey & The Soul Temptations and Yes Sir. They performed Northern Soul and Motown classics to entertain thousands of people in the name of charity.
With over 700 donors to the JustGiving page, the initial pre-sales target of £10,000 was smashed as The Printworks headed into the event with an impressive £11,000. This meant the Soul Festival was set up to be the most successful yet before the event even began!
All proceeds from the event go towards the The Cancer Appeal Fund run by The Christie, who are leading experts in cancer care, research and education, and are a charity close to many people’s hearts.
The full line up included a performance from resident DJ, Paul Kidd, who said: “I always look forward to Manchester Soul Festival as much as I do Christmas Day. It was great to perform for an amazing cause such as The Christie, and also in memory of Frank Byrne.”
Anthony Bennett, who is the singer in ska band Special Brew, said: “Everyone at the event was buzzing to be there, it was a truly phenomenal experience. It was also a great honour to be invited to play at the Soul Festival for a second year and to help contribute to a fantastic cause.”
Fred Booth, centre director of The Printworks, said: “Every year we try to surpass the amount of money we raised from the previous year, and this year’s Soul Festival was no different! We didn’t quite make the £100,000 on the day, but we will do so before the year is out! There’ll be more announcements soon but for now I want to thank each and every person who either came along or donated money, and to all the fantastic volunteers, it was an incredible day and we raised a record breaking amount.”
Jennifer Kent, Community Fundraising Coordinator at The Christie, said: “The money raised by the Soul Festival over the past four years has really helped to support The Cancer Appeal Fund at The Christie. This fund is particularly important as it allows us to allocate the money to the greatest need, wherever it is within the hospital, at any given time. The event was incredible, our volunteers had such a great time and we are incredibly thankful to The Printworks and the Manchester Soul Festival for the funds raised.”
You can still make donations to help The Christie at the JustGiving page – www.justgiving.com/