Barn That Rocks raises £15,500 for the Friarage

Peter Fall, centre, with cheque and daughter Lauren, second from left, make a presentation to some of the Friends of The Friarage alongside Carol Harrison, far left, of Barkers, and Sue Bryden, far right, of Barclays.

Patients will benefit from the success of the Barn That Rocks concert, held at Grazing Nook Farm, near Patrick Brompton, in June.

Farmer Peter Fall and wife Barbara put on the charity event for the seventh year running – and raised their highest amount for charity to date, with Friends of The Friarage this year’s beneficiaries, in this their diamond jubilee year.

Live bands, a fully stocked bar and high quality, local food, as well as generous sponsorship from Barkers and the Northallerton branch of Barclays Bank ensured a grand total of £15,550 was raised.

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Peter said: “It was a great honour and privilege to put on this event for the benefit of Friends of The Friarage this year.

“We always support local charities with the event and by donating this year’s funds to The Friarage Hospital will be to the benefit of a large amount of local people.

“As a family, we have used the services of the hospital ourselves over the years – most recently when I had a hernia operation – and have found it to be a friendly place providing a high quality of care.

“We would be more than happy to continue to support The Friarage with next year’s Barn That Rocks event, which is already in the planning in the hope of being bigger and better, with a wider choice of different local food and possibly capacity for a higher number of guests, due to growing demand for tickets year on year.”

Peter wishes to thank everyone who contributed to making this year’s event such a “marvellous success”, including bands 1Two3Four, Sugartown and Stax and all local businesses and retailers supporting the event.

After the success of this year, The Barn That Rocks has now raised more than £45,000 in seven years for local causes, including Great North Air Ambulance, Yorkshire Air Ambulance and local branches of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Barclays staff who got involved with selling raffle tickets for the event raised £3,000 towards the final total, due to the bank’s policy of match funding employees own fundraising efforts.

Sue Bryden, Northallerton branch manager for Barclays, said: “We had three match funding applications from members of staff for this event, which we were really happy to support with donations of £1,000 each; especially as this is our own local hospital that is benefitting.”

Carol Harrison from Barkers of Northallerton explained the department store also sponsored the event, as well as donating raffle prizes, including a luxury barbecue.

She said: “As a family run business itself in the heart of Northallerton, Barkers is always happy to support local businesses and charities.”

Dr Upendra Somasundram, chairman of The Friends of The Friarage, said: “This hugely enjoyable event has resulted in a fantastic sum of money being raised, which will help fund improvements in local eye services.

“We are extremely grateful to Peter and his family, as well as all the bands and local businesses that supported the Barn That Rocks this year, making it such a great success.

“We will look forward to attending the event again next year and welcoming Peter back to The Friarage Hospital for another successful cheque presentation.”

Peter vows the event will return in 2018 on Saturday June 9. Look out for further information early next year.