Rockfest will return in 2020
Drum roll, please… He’s done it!
Not only has Plymouth man Cuz Cussen reached his target of raising an incredible £100,000 for St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, he’s smashed it, pulling £100,538 (and still counting) – a Titan of a total for the much-loved local charity that cared so compassionately for his mum, Dot, before she passed away from cancer in 2008.
Big-hearted truck driver Cuz, who lives in Mutley with his wife Lyn and son Tyler, is the powerhouse behind Rockfest, the annual live music weekender he founded in 2002 and works tirelessly to organise each year. Since 2009, the two-day extravaganza and tribute to Dot has been raising money for St Luke’s due to Cuz’s desire to give back to the charity for the outstanding care they provided for his beloved mum in her final weeks and the support they gave her husband Don, to whom she was married nearly 50 years, and Cuz himself.
Over the Easter weekend (20 and 21 April), the popular event at Crash Manor, Union Street, saw hundreds of loyal Rockfest supporters, plus new attendees, rock out to the sounds of 19 bands who generously played for free in aid of St Luke’s, which provides specialist end of life care for terminally ill people at home, in hospital and at its specialist unit at Turnchapel.
Thanks to Cuz’s unwavering determination and the enthusiastic support of the venue’s owners, the bands, audience and local businesses who donate raffle prizes, this year’s Rockfest raised £10,538, taking Cuz well over the £100,000 target he had set to help St Luke’s raise vital funds to care for 100 families at home.