THE GlastonBeoley Charity Music Festival has been given a welcome ‘shot in the arm’ from a leading Redditch pharmacy.
Knights Pharmacy, already a forerunner in the fight against Covid-19, has stepped in as the headline sponsor of the much-loved music festival.
And after a difficult year for all charities, GlastonBeoley has warmly welcomed Knights’ generosity and partnership, which stems all the way back to the first lockdown.
In response to a leaflet push by GlastonBeoley offering support during the pandemic to the local community in April 2020, Nitin and Anand Sodha at Knights asked if it would be possible to assist with placing tape outside of all Knights Pharmacies in and around Redditch to raise awareness of the need for social distancing.
The GlastonBeoley Team duly obliged and when they put a call out for support with sponsorship, Knights did not hesitate to offer.
With last year’s event thwarted by the pandemic, an online streamed festival in the summer of 2020 and a scaled-down, local authority and police-approved outdoor festival in September at the Bees Rugby Club at Portway gave the team an opportunity to raise some much needed funds for this years pot and to donate £550 to each of their nominated charities – Redditch Nightstop, Redditch Babybank, Redditch Special Olympics and Noah’s Star.
“Although a long way off what we would normally raise, we hope it made a difference,” said GlastonBeoley organiser Debbie Joynes.
“As for this year’s festival it is all uncertain at the moment.
“We have plans to move to later in the year to improve our chances of hosting a live festival, and would love the opportunity to bring people together to enjoy live music for charity.
“But we have to consider all options in terms of safety. With Knights support we know we’ll be able to make a dent in the fund-raising efforts for this year, whatever form that takes.”
GlastonBeoley CIC would welcome more backing from local businesses which in turn means the team can support local charities and the thriving local music scene. Debbie can be contacted on 07833205463 or on firstname.lastname@example.org
Knights Pharmacy was the first pharmacy in Worcestershire to run Covid vaccinations from their Palmers Road HQ in South Moons Moat.