THE popular annual music festival, Herofest, which raises money for Help for Heroes, is looking to smash through the £50,000 barrier and has released a music video to launch this year’s event.
The Gravesend-based event has been established since 2010 and has already raised more than £43,000 for the Armed Forces charity. The festival, which takes place on Saturday, 1 July, at Leo’s Red Lion, Crete Hall Road, remains one of the highlights of the local music calendar for hundreds of people in the community.
Joint organiser Anthony Martin explained:
“The aim this year is to smash through the £50k barrier. We held a small event last month to get footage for our charity single ‘Take This Chance’, which raised £1,511, and at our regular Herofests we typically raise around £5-6,000, so I’m confident we will exceed the target.
“This year’s lineup is absolutely stellar, featuring 43 acts across four stages on one day with multiple genres represented, from rock and roll, metal, and pop punk, all the way to folk and acoustic music. We’ve been going since 2010 and now people who played at the earlier shows are bringing their children, so we have a really chilled-out family vibe.”
John Carpenter, Help for Heroes Area Fundraising Manager, said:
“Herofest is not just a fabulous fundraiser for the Charity, it’s also an excellent day out, with some great music. We thank everybody involved for their continued support of Help for Heroes and long may it continue.”
Help for Heroes champions the Armed Forces community and helps them live well after service. The charity helps them, and their families, to recover and get on with their lives. It has already supported more than 28,500 people and won’t stop until every veteran gets the support they deserve.
The Charity supports veterans from any branch of the UK military – regulars or reserves – irrespective of length or place of service, and locally embedded civilians (and their families) who worked alongside our Armed Forces.