So committed are the kind-hearted folk who get behind our charity that sometimes – thanks to their passion and hard work, plus the generosity of those who lend support – the event they organise in support of St Luke’s becomes a hotly anticipated annual fixture in the city’s calendar.
Rockfest – the two-day live music extravaganza enjoyed by hundreds each year at Crash Manor – is a shining example, and this Easter weekend will see the popular event reach its tenth anniversary. It will be a poignant milestone for Cuz Cussen, the event’s founder and organiser, whose love for his late mum Dot, and his gratitude for the compassion with which St Luke’s looked after her, Cuz and his dad Don, inspired Rockfest.
Powerhouse Cuz always dreamed big, determining to raise £100,000, a titan of a total to support our specialist care.
And, with £90,000 already raised in memory of Dot thanks to the following Rockfest has built up over the years, Cuz issuing a rallying call to live music lovers to unite for this year’s weekender, on 20 and 21 April, which features 19 bands ranging from rock to reggae and from punk to ska.
Cuz said: “Mum was awesome. She was always looking out for others, whether family or neighbours. And she made the best pasties in the world – never matched in the 11 years she’s been gone, sadly!
“St Luke’s looked after her in the very best way, and she was able to pass away peacefully, surrounded by family. I can’t thank them enough for what they did in our time of need and with continued help from generous fans of live music, reaching the £100,000 target is within touching distance!”
A huge thank you to Cuz, his family and all who support Rockfest, and if you like live music, be sure to be there and enjoy Easter weekend in an electric atmosphere while helping Cuz reach that terrific total.
You can get tickets on the door for £10 per day. For more information, check out the official page.