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PRESS RELEASE FROM RENNIE GROVE HOSPICE

22nd December, 2014

CHILFEST NETS THOUSANDS FOR LOCAL HOSPICE CHARITY

This summer’s Chilfest which took place from 4-6 July has resulted in a donation of £10,000 being made to Rennie Grove Hospice Care to help local patients with cancer or other life-limiting illness.

Although a massive success as a concert and enjoyed by tens of thousands across the weekend, Chilfest 2014 did not make a profit.  However, Chilfest organisers, Universal Event Productions, and local drinks giant, Dayla, have joined forces to make the donation to Rennie Grove.

Steve Butcher, MD of Universal Event Productions said:

“We always wanted Chilfest to be a force for good in the local community. Over the two years we are proud to have brought some big names to Tring and to have provided first class entertainment for tens of thousands of people, really putting the local area on the map. Last year, even though there were problems with the supply of drinks on one of the two nights, we were able to make a donation of £10,000 to Rennie Grove.

“This year we teamed up with Dayla to ensure the bars ran like clockwork and I am delighted that, together, we have also been able to match last year’s donation to Rennie Grove in recognition of the vital work they do for local patients and families and the support they have given Chilfest along the way.”

Tim Cooper, MD of Dayla added:

“We thoroughly enjoyed being involved in Chilfest this year.  Our Carlsberg bus was a big draw and all of the forty staff we employed to work on the bars found it a brilliant atmosphere to work in.  Through meticulous planning we were able to ensure that waiting times for drinks this year were virtually non-existent and it was an absolute pleasure to be involved in such a professional event.

“We have supported Rennie Grove Hospice Care for a number of years and already donate the water used at all of their events free of charge so we are delighted to be able to make this donation to a deserving local cause that is already close to our hearts.”

£10,000 will fund 500 hours of specialist responsive nursing care in patients’ homes giving them the choice to stay at home, surrounded by the people, pets and belongings they love, at the end of life.

Colin Ivey, Corporate Fundraising Manager at Rennie Grove said, “We would like to thank both UEP and Dayla for this generous donation.  Each year we need to raise £6.5 million to fund the care we provide for over 3,000 local patients and families.  85% of it comes from donations like this from businesses and individuals in the local area. We are very grateful to UEP and Dayla for their ongoing support.”

Steve Butcher, Tim Cooper and Colin Ivey.

Steve Butcher, Tim Cooper and Colin Ivey