News & stories Summer Festival a sizzling success A summer festival to rival Glastonbury was a huge success in Woodford on Saturday raising more than £14,000 for Haven House Children’s Hospice. More than 700 people basked in the sizzling sunshine on the hottest day of the year as they enjoyed live music, games, a barbecue and refreshments in the leafy enclave of the Woodford Green hospice. And there was plenty to keep the youngsters happy with face painting, glitter tattoos, crafts, inflatable slide, paddling pools and enchanted woodland trial. A star attraction at the family-friendly festival this year was a mini zoo show – where children and adults were able to come up close to a range of animals including an owl, armadillo, tarantula, skunk, a bearded dragon and a giant snail. It’s great to see so many people coming together to raise an excellent amount for the hospice, said event fundraising manager Katie Jones. We really couldn’t put on the festival without our amazing army of volunteers and we are so grateful for their support. The event proved to be a musical extravaganza with 16 live musical acts throughout the day, including performances from Lydia Maddix, Jon Fazal, Matthew Shepherd and Abby Mason. Katie added: We simply wouldn’t be able to provide our specialist care at the hospice and in children’s own homes if it wasn’t for the wonderful support of our local community, so we’d like to say a very big ‘thank you’ to everyone who turned out to create such a magical atmosphere and for making the festival a great success.