Cumbria’s Virtual Festival Huge Success For A Second Time Raising Over £11K

By Rachael Grealish

With over £11,000 raised for Hospice at Home West Cumbria it’s safe to say the second Cumbria’s Virtual Festival has been a huge success.

The event, which took place over Bank Holiday weekend, May 23 and 24, was viewed over 136,000 times in the two days and raised over £11,500.

Samantga McFarrigle as ‘Shania Twain’

One of the organisers, James Cowan, talked about the success of the weekend and said it was ‘amazing’ to raise the amount they did.

He commented: “It has been a pleasure being involved in organising this second event and to also be working with the fantastic acts that have performed over the weekend free of charge which has made the event so successful.

“We really appreciate the time that they have all given. If I could also just add my thanks to everyone that has donated to Hospice at Home West Cumbria and helped us reach this amazing amount.”

The weekend boasted not only an array of local talent, but also the ‘Ultimate Shania Twain Experience’.

The entertainer Samantha McGarrigle performed from her home in Newton Aycliffe as she put on her popular show.

Other acts over the weekend included: Amy Morton, Michael T, Oglive and the Arguments.

The weekend was topped with a performance by none other than Stuart Fleming’s famous Cumbrian act, Stella the Fella.

Stuart commented of the weekend: “It has been a pleasure being involved in the organising of the festival, as well as performing on the Sunday night. All of the acts that performed over the weekend went down brilliantly with the viewers and the generosity of the people that donated during the weekend has been amazing.”

If you’re gutted this was a nice end to Cumbria’s Virtual Festival, James continued to say this won’t be the last of this success new venture.

He said: “We are now working on an idea for another fundraiser for Hospice at Home West Cumbria and will hopefully have more details very soon.”

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