"GFEST" raises £2,000 for Acorns in Worcester

Evesham Journal: Musician and fundraiser Mike Skilbeck and Georgia Bristow, called 'G'' and nicknamed 'titanium' share a moment at GFEST. The picture was taken by Givvi Flynn. Musician and fundraiser Mike Skilbeck and Georgia Bristow, called 'G'' and nicknamed 'titanium' share a moment at GFEST. The picture was taken by Givvi Flynn.

A BRAVE girl who battled through 64 major operations has inspired a music festival which raised more than £2,000 for a Worcester children's hospice which provides a lifeline to children battling life limiting illnesses.

Georgia Bristow, called 'G' and nicknamed 'titanium' because of her toughness inspired a music festival called 'GFEST' which raised £2,055 for Acorns Children's Hospice in Bath Road, Worcester.

The 12-year-old of Carrock Fell, off Borrowdale Drive, Warndon, has suffered with meningitis, hydrocephalus and severe epilepsy and has had 64 major operations.

Around 600 people attended the festival on May 31 at the Goodrest Tavern, enjoying a bucking bronco, bouncy castles, ice cream van, tombola, raffle, local motorbike clubs, a gyroscope and music.

Mike Skilbeck, a Worcester singer and life skills coach who helped organise the event with landlord Bill Salmon, said: "The atmosphere was electric and emotional."

Local musicians performed including Amanda Till, Esther Turner, Vince Ballard, Terry Walls, The Roving Crows, Dirty Rumours plus Voices Unlimited- a 80 plus strong vocal group who performed many songs including an emotional version of Miley Cyrus`s The Climb, which brought the Bristow family to tears, as well as dozens of others. Finally Mike Skilbeck performed an original song written with Terry Walls called Sunny Day, which will be sold online with all profits going to Acorns and he also sang an acoustic version of Georgia's song 'Titanium'.

The day raised £2,055 which has been handed over to Acorns and Marstons Brewery should be issuing a further cheque matching that total later this year.

There are already requests for artists to perform at next year's GFEST which is booked in for May 30 next year.

Sharon Bristow, Georgia's mum, said: "Georgia is so excited to be raising money for Acorns. That is her focus, giving something back. I want to let them know I'm really grateful for everything they do. I can't fault them."

She said Acorns provided continuous support to her family, including her son, Will, aged nine, and formed a "backbone" for her family, allowing them to get a good night's sleep while giving them the peace of mind that their daughter is always well lo

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