Festival for sick Marshall

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A HOTEL landlord and landlady are staging a music festival in aid of a family charity appeal.

Beckie Philpott and her partner Matthew Lyttle will be putting on the event at The White Hart Hotel in Shefford to raise money for Handstand – the Appeal for Marshall Janson.

Seven acts will be performing at the festival on Saturday, June 16.

Marshall Janson is a relative of Beckie who was rushed to hospital on his first birthday in December 2008 following an attack of meningococcal meningitis, a particularly vicious strain of the disease.

Although he escaped brain damage he had to have both of his hands and legs amputated and faces a lifetime of rehabilitation while he gets used to using prosthetic limbs.

The couple put on a similar event last year and raised £3,674, which has helped to provide funding for four-year-old Marshall to have new legs fitted.

Beckie said: “Marshall will need at least one pair of hands and legs every year until he is 18, and the treatment may cost up to £950,000.

“Every penny that we make from the festival will go towards helping his rehabilitation.”

The event will run from 2pm until late and will include performances from the Soulman, Thr3e, Mandy, Hang Loose, Tie One On, Paul Adams and XL-5.

Tickets go on sale from May 1 and are £5 for adults. Under 12s will be admitted free. For more information contact 01462 811144.