School Aid live music weekend raises record-breaking total

February 18, 2020

An annual music festival held to raise money for local school children in poverty as been hailed as a massive success after shattering last year's fundraising total.

School Aid 2020 raised more than £5,000 from donations, raffles and auctions over two days of live music in Lancaster and Morecambe.

Funds raised will go to Morecambe Bay Primary School, West End Primary School, The Loyne School and St Luke's Skerton.

School Aid was set up in 2018 by Morecambe musician Jay Blackburn after TV news reports about the plight of Morecambe schoolchildren living in poverty, and raised £1,500 in its first year. Last year the event raised £2,800 then expanded to two days in 2020.

Jay estimated the final total would be around £5,250, still to be confirmed, and said he was "blown away" by the response.

Funds will provide sustainable breakfast clubs so no child will go hungry at school, provide opportunities for children such as local museum trips, and winter clothing such as hats, scarves and gloves for those who may not be able to afford them.

Local musicians performed for free on Saturday at The Bobbin in Lancaster and on Sunday at The Exchange in Morecambe to help the cause.

The event was supported by Beyond Radio and hosted by Drive Time presenter Gibson Freedman on the Saturday and Greg Lambert, host of The Resident, on the Sunday. Beyond Radio's Steve Morrison was resident DJ for the weekend.

Performances came from Carlie Mai, Louie J Rain, JU.JU, Jennie Wren, The Manta Rays, Hawkmen Dive, The Nighs, Mark Jones, The Glass Poppies, The Active, Amber Suns, Away From The Numbers, Words About Space (featuring Beyond Radio's Chris Rodowicz), Jason Mcloughlin, Niamh Collingwood, The Cahoots, Corvidae, Stuart Michaels, Mark McKenna, Melanie Horabin, The Good Souls, FallingFree and Rich Kid Problems.

Jay thanked his wife Lucy, the musicians, Rob and Debbie at The Exchange, John and Kyla at The Bobbin, all the people who donated prizes, everyone who attended, 'The Poppettes' - Maree, Laura and Christine who looked after the raffle, the schools for supporting the cause, the hosts, the bar staff, Alhambra Audio, photographer Mike Jackson, Mick for helping to count the money, co-organiser Mark Simpson and everyone at Beyond Radio.

Photo of Jay Blackburn performing with Corvidae on Sunday at The Exchange, courtesy of Andy Slack from Beyond Radio.

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