Summer Soulstice Big Payback – a fantastic £45,000!

Cherry Lodge Cancer Care has once again very good reason to thank Summer Soulstice and its supporters for their amazing support.

Tradition was followed on August Bank Holiday Sunday 2019 when members of the Soulstice crew gathered at the Black Horse pub in Barnet to hand over a huge ceremonial cheque to representatives of Cherry Lodge Cancer Care. This year’s donation of £45,000 to help fund Cherry Lodge’s many services is truly impressive – and is testimony to the hard work of all those involved in making the 2019 Summer Soulstice festival on 22nd June such a great success.

Glorious sunshine was a welcome change after weeks of wet weather and the pub garden proved very popular. Soulstice DJs provided a great selection of music from 4pm until late and the Black Horse staff worked tirelessly to serve the pub’s wide choice of excellent beers, wines and food. For many of us, the high point of this event was, as always, the cheque handover, which took place soon after 6.30pm. Local MP Theresa Villiers showed her ongoing support for Cherry Lodge and Summer Soulstice by attending despite having lost her voice. Short speeches of appreciation during the handover were given by Jamie Topham and Dave James for Summer Soulstice, and by Margaret Clark for Cherry Lodge. Dave thanked Cherry Lodge for the great work it does for people affected by cancer, including himself and several others at the heart of Summer Soulstice. Margaret thanked Summer Soulstice for their wonderful support and described Cherry Lodge and Summer Soulstice as one big family.

Summer Soulstice has been supporting Cherry Lodge Cancer Care since 2007, when a group of Old Elizabethans got together to hold their first Soul Music festival in Barnet to raise money in memory of their school mate Andy Weekes, who died of cancer in the USA in 2006. Summer Soulstice is Cherry Lodge’s largest third-party supporter by far – and this year’s record donation of £45,000 takes the total they have raised for us to more than £400,000.

Please see the Summer Soulstice website for more information about its history, mission and events – as well as lots of joyful photos and videos.

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