Rock at the Castle 2018 charity beneficiary announced
PUBLISHED: 17:55 28 June 2018 | UPDATED: 17:55 28 June 2018
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Organisers of an annual music event have announced its charity beneficiary for 2018.
Rock at the Castle will return to the grounds of Hertford Castle in August.
Carers in Hertfordshire has been selected as the charity to benefit from this year’s showpiece.
Hertford Town councillors picked the charity from a large number of applications at the development and leisure committee meeting on Monday, June 18.
Committee chairman, Cllr Jane Sartin, said: “Councillors had a very difficult decision to make in choosing a charity beneficiary for this year’s Rock at the Castle, with a large number of strong applications.
“Carers in Hertfordshire is a charity that is doing invaluable work locally, supporting people who do so much to support others.
“Rock at the Castle will be a chance for them to raise much-needed funds, and hopefully also for more people to become aware of them and their services.”
Carers in Hertfordshire is an award-winning countywide charity based in Hertford for unpaid carers looking after a friend, neighbour or relative due to illness, frailty, mental health need, disability or substance misuse.
It is the charity’s mission to make carers count by giving them a powerful voice in society and choice in their caring role.
The charity provides support and services free of charge to all carers who live, work or care in the county.
It currently supports 25,000 plus unpaid carers across Hertfordshire, including 1,332 children from any age to 18 years old.
During 2017/2018, Carers in Hertfordshire provided intensive one-to-one support to 245 young carers and their families to reduce the negative impact of caring and ensure they have the same opportunities as their peers both educationally and socially.
Linda Cudmore, community fundraising lead of Carers in Hertfordshire, said: “We are extremely grateful to have been selected as charity beneficiary for Rock at the Castle and are delighted that the organisers have recognised the vital work that unpaid carers do.
“There are over 4,000 unpaid carers in Hertford and Ware, of whom nearly 900 are young carers or young adult carers.
“This money will help us to organise events that give young carers a break and a chance to meet others in the same situation, which young carers tell us makes the most difference.
“We are really looking forward to the day.”
Sponsored by McMullens and Go Move, Rock at the Castle takes place in the grounds of Hertford Castle on Sunday, August 5 from 12.30pm to 7pm.
The day will feature a variety of bands, acts and soloists performing live across three music stages.
The Rock at the Castle 2018 line-up will be revealed in the next couple of weeks, although acts confirmed will include acoustic, indie, soft rock, Motown, ska, blues, electronic and fusion brass band.
• Carers can learn more about the support provided by Carers in Hertfordshire by visiting www.carersinherts.org.uk or calling 01992 58 69 69.