The Nag’s Head rocks for Rainbows Charity

Around 14 bands are already signed up and confirmed

Music fans are being invited to get down and rock for the Rainbows Charity at an Enderby music festival this Bank Holiday weekend.

The Charity Live Music Festival in aid of the Loughborough children’s hospice will take place on Saturday and Sunday at The Nags Head, in Cross Street, Enderby.

Around 14 music acts have been confirmed for the festival, including Oasist, The Rhythm Doctors, Propshaft, The Fu Fu Sailors and Angels with Dirty Faces.

Entry to the event is free and those attending can take part in a raffle with a top prize of a two-week holiday for up to week people in a luxury villa in Florida!

The draw will take place on the afternoon of Bank Holiday Monday 29th August in the Nag’s Head.

It will be a public draw, with all tickets being drawn by members of the public. (Winners will be notified within 7 days of the draw taking place).

The Bands will perform from noon on both days.

This year is the fourth annual festival in this format and in 2010 the event raised £20,000 for the Rainbows Hospice.

The Nags Head has been raising money for Rainbows since 1998, with the first events being organised by Julie Wynder, as her nephew Stephen was in care with the hospice, sadly a couple of years ago Stephen passed away due to his illness.

The first event was a family fun day held in the pub garden on August Bank Holiday Sunday.

From then on this event became a regular occurrence hosted by various people including Julie.

Other events were also organised each year including sponsored pool and darts competitions, bungee jumping, body waxing, raffles etc.

In March 2004 The Nag’s Head was honoured to be recognised as official Friends of the Hospice for their fund raising activities.

In 2007 The Nags Head presented £4,000.00 following the final event of the ‘fun days’ format and a new ‘live music’ event was born.

The event organisers, Denis Mathews and Paul Marsden along with Helen Mathews and Trudy Wyllie, decided that the old format had run its length of time and new innovations were required, so they decided to put on a live music day on the August Bank Holiday Sunday in 2008.

The day proved to be a great success and received widespread acclaim from the local community and resulted in a presentation of £5,750.00 to the Rainbows charity.

Following the success of that event, in 2009 organisers went on to extend the event to a two day live music festival. On that occasion seven bands performed on the Saturday and six performed on the Sunday.

That year the Nag’s Head raised over £8,000.00 for Rainbows through not only this event but also a ladies road race day, raffles and various other events during the year.

In 2010 the organisers decided to continue their fund raising for this very worthy cause and after the success of the inaugural ‘Nags Head Maiden Stakes Ladies Road Race’ another race was held on Saturday 31st July, followed by a fancy dress pub crawl around the village in the evening.

These events enabled them to donate another £5,250.00 to Rainbows – taking the total raised to over £18,000.00 in just three years!

To manage to donate over £18,000.00 in three years to such a worthy cause as Rainbows is a remarkable achievement and could not have occurred without all the generous support of friends, neighbours, Tom and Sheila (the landlords), the people of Enderby and the surrounding areas, the bands (who travel from near and far completely free of charge), the crew of volunteers (who give up their time not just on the weekend, but for weeks beforehand) as well as all the kind individuals and companies who make such generous donations to the raffle and other fund raising activities like the kitchen and face painting.

And …most importantly, the people who attend the ‘music fest’ (no matter what the weather) and donate so much of their hard earned cash to Rainbows …especially the Companies that donate sponsorship money that allows the organisers to stage the show.

For the latest information and updates on the bands, visit the music fest website

View the Nag’s Head website   |

View Rainbows Hospice website   |   Rainbow’s Fanpage on facebook  |  @RainbowsHospice (Twitter)






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