Up the Junction and Cool for Cats songwriter to headline NHS festival in Coventry

University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire Charity are hosting a summer celebration to help raise vital funds for patients and their families. Charity Fest will take place at Assembly Festival Gardens on Saturday August 20 and will include concerts and entertainment throughout the day, as well as gourmet food trucks and fairground games – something to keep the whole family entertained.

Squeeze founding member Chris Difford will perform at the event, alongside musical acts to be announced over the coming weeks. All funds raised will be used to make things better for staff, patients and their families at Coventry University Hospital and St Cross’s Hospital, Rugby.

Alongside Squeeze songwriting partner Glenn Tillbrook, Difford was responsible for some of the best-known British pop songs of the late 1970s and early 80s, including Up the Junction, Cool For Cats, Labeled with Love and many more. The group is also responsible for being a springboard for the career of Jools Holland, who founded the group alongside Tillbrook and Difford.

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Donations will help fund state-of-the-art robotic surgery equipment so patients can recover faster and be home after major surgery within days. It will also help fund the purchase of tiny gel pillows to cradle newborn heads.

Main sponsors, Uzin Utz UK and Assembly Festival Gardens will support Charity Fest. Matthew Brown, Managing Director of Uzin Utz UK Ltd, said: “We are honored to support the UHCW Charity Fest in recognition of the excellent care and well-being that NHS staff provide to their patients. It is great to celebrate the achievements of UHCW at such an event, which has not been possible in recent years and we look forward to the festivities.

Assembly Festival Artistic Director William Burdett-Coutts said, “It is a privilege for Assembly Festival Garden to host UHCW’s Charity Fest. It will be a fantastic day of live entertainment and entertainment, but more importantly a way to raise crucial funds for local hospital staff and patients, and we hope people across the region will join us in showing their support by august.

If you or your company would like to find out more about event sponsorship or corporate VIP tickets, please contact madeleine.difford@uhcw.nhs.uk. The event will run from 12pm to 6pm and will be family and dog friendly, so get your early bird tickets now. Thanks to sponsors Discounted tickets are available for NHS staff. Tickets are available here.

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