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Fundraiser to keep charity afloat

Created on 12/09/2020 @ 08:50
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One of Welshpool’s favourite charities has taken a big hit from the pandemic, leading to a series of live concert fundraisers being organised, starting tomorrow (Sunday).

The Huelwen Trust provides free boat rides for those who are less able than most along the Montgomery Canal, with its primary source of funds coming from the annual Country & Western held in the town.

But with Covid-19 putting an end to 2020 summer concerts, a group of artists have united to show their support with a series of live concerts online through to Christmas.

From 3pm this Sunday, Sonya Smith will perform the first of four gigs that will be broadcast through Facebook on the second Sunday of each month, with supporters able to contribute through a Just Giving page.

“I’m really looking forward to playing for this very worthy cause, and putting together a set of Country songs in line with the Country & Western theme the Trust is associated with... if you have any request, let me know!” said Sonya.

The Trust explained why this run of shows will be so important to keeping the charity afloat.

“Our largest expense is keeping our canal boats water-worthy, which is what the music festival aims to pay for every year, so that we can continue to provide a little sunshine to vulnerable and less abled adults and children in the form of exciting, scenic canal boat trips through some of the most beautiful Welsh countryside.

“Since the decision to postpone this year's festival, we have received overwhelming feedback from our amazing festival-goers requesting a simple way to help out with what we do.”

You can watch Sonya’s performance from 3pm on Sunday here

You can support through this link

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