Brentwood Festival organisers have just announced that they will be raising funds for the British Heart Foundation through 2017.

The major summer festival has raised over £200,000 for local and national charities since it began as The White Horse Beer & Music Festival over 20 years ago.  During the weekend of 14-16 July 2017, British Heart Foundation volunteers will be on site at the festival teaching lifesaving CPR, organising fun games for the children, and running a pop up charity clothing stall.

Brentwood Festival Director, Jason Jopson, said:

“Heart disease touches almost every family, so we are proud to support this fantastic charity that leads the way in research and training.  The festival will be a great platform for the British Heart Foundation to teach thousands of people over the weekend how to apply basic CPR, possibly helping to save a life one day.”

Sophie Tibbitts, BHF Fundraising Manager for Essex, said:

“We are absolutely thrilled to be the chosen charity of the Brentwood Festival this year. Heart disease is an urgent problem. Too many lives are lost each year, but through our ground-breaking research, and vital CPR training, we’re determined to beat it. 

“The money raised from this incredible partnership will help us find new ways to help keep more hearts beating, and by coming along to our CPR sessions you too can learn the skills to help save a life.”

Across the UK, there are over 30,000 cardiac arrests outside of hospital every year, but the survival rate is less than 1 in 10.  Thousands more mums, dads, grandparents and children could be saved every year if more people had lifesaving CPR skills.

Now in its 7th year, the 2017 Brentwood Festival headliners include Go West, Ultravox’s Midge Ure, Heaven 17, Jocelyn Brown, The Real Thing, Missing Andy, and a major act still to be announced.  Tickets are now on sale from £20 on www.brentwoodfestival.co.uk.

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