Willow blog

A Record Year for LeeStock Festival

June 19, 2015

Big thanks must go to the organisers of the LeeStock music festival for putting on another hugely successful fundraising event for Willow.

The music festival, held in memory of Lee Dunford who had a Special Day in 2006, saw thousands of visitors at Melford Hall in Suffolk on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 May, who enjoyed headline act Scouting for Girls.

Pete Keogh, one of the organisers and whose brother Edd was friends with Lee, said “The whole festival was fantastic. It was a massive success with a record number of attendees. We had double the amount we had in previous years on the Saturday. We had around 1,800 on site which was great, and more came back on the Sunday. I am pleased to announce that we have raised £12,500 for Willow, from the festival alone.”

The sunny weather attracted some welcome extra visitors, but Pete confirmed that pre-sale figures were already very strong thanks to the festival’s growing reputation.  The event was started in 2007 by friends and family of 21 year old Lee, a musician from Sudbury in Suffolk, who died after a battle with cancer. Lee and his bandmates went into a recording studio for his Special Day. LeeStock is a fitting tribute and well supported by the local community.

David White, Willow’s Chief Executive said “Everyone at Willow has been truly moved and inspired by the tribute Lee’s friends and family have made to his memory via LeeStock. This was their eighth year and it is testament to the team’s hard-work and dedication that the music festival has become one of the most popular in the county. Thanks to the fantastic amount raised, we will be able to provide many more Special Days.”