(Stuart and Pete presenting the cheque of £1,000 to South East and Central Essex Mind)
A festival which took place in Billericay in the summer raised a staggering £1,700 for mental health charities. Organisers of the Thingamagig festival, Pete Baker and Stuart Sinclair, decided to nominate national Mind and South East and Central Essex Mind as their chosen charities in memory of their good friend Dan Voysey.
The event was well attended and acts included The Kubricks, Deferred Success, Stuart O’Connor, Von Jergo and Clare Blackman as headliners.
Pete Baker from Big Stinky Dog Promotions told us “This year was especially poignant for us and we didn’t want it to end, we just wanted to give some money to MIND so that anybody else who is in Dan’s situation may get the help they need”
“Dan was part of the BSD family and good friend personally so will be sorely missed”
Kristina Stazaker, the fundraising manager at the charity says “We are thrilled that Pete and Stuart chose to nominate us as the donation will go a long way in helping people who are in mental distress and need somebody to talk to. Well done Thingamagig!”.
Next summer will be the tenth anniversary of the festival and will be a celebration of the money they have raised in total for local charities which is in excess of £22,000.