New music festival to raise money for disabled and disadvantaged children

PUBLISHED: 12:16 14 July 2014 | UPDATED: 12:16 14 July 2014

East Coast Truckers embarking on their annual charity run to Pleasurewood Hills. Photo: Steve Adams

East Coast Truckers embarking on their annual charity run to Pleasurewood Hills. Photo: Steve Adams

East Coast Truckers have organised a music festival bursting with local talent in aid of children with disabilities.

Together with UTR promotions, who promote up and coming talent, organisers from the East Coast Truckers Charity will host a music festival to help brighten the lives of disabled children.

The charity, who have held the spectular Convoy from County Hall to Pleasurewood Hills in Lowestoft for almost 30 years, provides specialist wheelchairs, special medical and sensory equipment not covered under the NHS.

In 2013, a total of 64 families benefitted from free holidays to two sites on the Norfolk Coast, this included passes to facilities and entertainment.

Derek Thorndyke, 68 from Tuckswood, is the head of events and fundraising for the charity and described how he fundraised £12,000 with friend Ray Sarsby last year.

The passionate member of the charity, who shares 16 grandchildren with his wife Sharon, laughed: “I’m definitely used to children.”

The festival, which is the first of its kind, will feature exciting, unsigned local artists including De ‘vide from Ipswich who got to the knock out rounds of tv show The Voice.

The charity, which has been voted charity of the year for the Castle Mall in Norwich, caters for 470 disabled and disadvantaged children in East Anglia with special needs ranging from ADHD to Cerebral Palsey.

The music festival , which is at The Angel Public House at Larling over three days on July 18, 19, 20, promises to fun for all the family with an ice cream van, a Rodeo Bull and a bouncy castle.

Derek’s wife Sharon Thorndyke, 57, said: “This will be a fun weekend for families to come and support the charity.”

The fesitval is part of the build up to the Convoy will feature over 80 vehicles on July, 24.

Disabled children will be sitting alongside the driver waving to the thousands of people lining the streets.

Mrs Thorndyke, Child Liaison Officer, said: “So many children phone up desperate to go again but I try to keep it as fair as I possibly can.

“It is an experience they treasure, even the lorry men get a lump in their throat.”

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