Non-stop musical extravaganza raises £4k for children’s hospital

'Hey Clitheroe' fundraiser. Pics were taken by Matt Ainsworth and Matt Collinge
'Hey Clitheroe' fundraiser. Pics were taken by Matt Ainsworth and Matt Collinge
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Thousands of pounds were raised as local bands Tyro and Northern Sports Club (NSC) helped ensure the third “Hey Clitheroe” fundraiser was once again a huge success.

Nearly 300 people packed into The Grand, Clitheroe, on Saturday for the annual music extravaganza in aid of Alder Hey children’s charity and The Alder Hey Family House Trust.

A total of £4,000 from the night means the organisers have now raised more than £16,000 since the first event back in 2016.

The Hey Clitheroe committee had worked hard to ensure all tastes were catered for during more than four hours of non-stop music.

It was a particularly emotional moment when Tyro took to the stage. The four-piece band reformed last year to raise funds for Alder Hey after the baby son of guitarist, Tom Faulkner, was treated for viral meningitis.

But it wasn’t all about Tyro, as young Clitheroe band NSC got the evening off to a perfect start.

And highly respected reggae-styled band Jeremiah Ferrari made it onto The Grand’s stage to round off the night in style.

Local DJs Jed and Ted took to the decks to link up the acts and ensured the dance floor was continually full.

Hey Clitheroe co-founder, Derek Russell, said: “It was without doubt another fantastic night for us and our community. We had another great turnout and I don’t think anyone who was there was disappointed; we were surrounded by smiling faces everywhere, which is exactly what we were hoping for.”

Looking back on the event, Derek added: “Having a fantastic band in Jeremiah Ferrari round off the night was so special, but what was so pleasing for me personally was the performance of our two local bands, who perfectly showcased the wealth of musical talent for our small part of the kingdom. Their performance on the night was absolutely amazing.”

Alder Hey Hospital and Ronald McDonald House are particularly close to Derek and his family’s heart as his granddaughter, Lillian, was treated there before she sadly died at just six days old.

The money raised on the night was boosted by more than £1,400 thanks to the raffle. Over 50 prizes had been donated by kind-hearted local businesses and individuals. As last year, Barclays Bank had agreed to match fund what was raised through the raffle up to £1,000 - a total that was easily surpassed.