NHS staff tickets boost

Organisers of Tring’s huge annual music festival, Chilfest, are giving away tickets to staff at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.

Having been forced to make the heart-breaking decisions to postpone and then cancel the Chilfest event in 2020, plans for Chilfest 2021 are under way.

Artists and acts hope to be performing in Tring on 9 and 10 July, including Adam Ant, Tony Hadley, Leee John, Roland Gift, Boney M, Blancmange, The Real Thing, The Bootleg Beatles, Noasis, and many more.

Chilfest, which has attracted around 70,000 people in the past seven years, has long supported charitable causes, with more than £30,000 raised for charities including DENS and Herts Young Homeless.

A total of 150 adult tickets for Totally Tribute (9 July) and Chilfest (10 July) have been gifted to the trust and staff will be selected at random to win pairs of tickets.

Steve Butcher, Director and Founder of Chilfest, said: ‘Last year we were clapping for our carers and this year they’re still facing the greatest challenges the NHS has ever experienced.

‘I wanted to show my appreciation for their amazing work and offer front line staff the chance to come along and enjoy our festival. It’s only a small way of saying ‘thank you’ to these heroes, but as we all know, small acts of kindness are going a long way these days.’

Bridget O’Kelly, from Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, said: ‘We’re extremely grateful to Chilfest for gifting these tickets to our staff.

‘The generous donations we’ve received over the last year have helped to boost morale and we know the lucky winners of the tickets will appreciate a well-deserved break from work.’

The live events industry has been wiped out by the pandemic. Whil he protects and rebuilds his business, Butcher and several members of his team are also doing their bit for the country, currently working in Covid test centres (see picture).

Tickets for Chilfest 2021 are available now at www.chilfest.co.uk.