Here at Voice FM 103.9, we have been bringing you previews of the big festivals and community events all summer long. However, as we drag ourselves kicking and screaming into the latter stages of summer, we have one last event to tell you about; and it's going to be a truly great day for all those attending!
SamJam festival comes to Bishop’s Waltham Palace this Sunday (25th August) in aid of Sam’s Song, a charity providing music therapy to children with serious illnesses and life-limiting conditions.
Sam Smith was just 42 years old when he tragically died of cancer. Shortly after his death last year, Sam's family set up the charity Sam's Song - now operating through the Sussex Snowdrop Trust at Chichester Hospital - to provide music therapy for young children during their illness. Since Sam' death, the generosity of their supporters has enabled the charity to grow considerably. In their own words: "when he was ill, Sam talked about sharing his music with sick children as a way of bringing them some happiness. Sadly, he was never able to do this himself. That is why we are working with The Sussex Snowdrop Trust to create a new music therapy programme for children who are seriously ill or have life-limiting conditions."
The charity's one-day music festival marks its debut at Bishop's Waltham Palace, a Medieval ruin near to Southampton's city centre and is overseen by Sam's family. The line-up highlights the strength and dedication of their work with all the musicians agreeing to perform free of charge. However, like any small festival, SamJam isn't just about the music. There will be a full programme with music acts, as well as other things to do for both young and old attendees.
Celebrate Sam Smith's legacy by helping the charity raise funds for their life-changing music therapy. All money raised at SamJam Festival goes towards developing a music therapy programme that has the potential for the greatest impact in providing 'some happiness to the children and their families during difficult stages within their lives.'
Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for children and can be bought at http://buytickets.at/samjamfestival/259592. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0)20 7812 0645.
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