Julian says: “I’m not going to lie - there were several occasions on the day itself when I was an emotional wreck thanks to the weather doing its best to ruin all our efforts. But as a good pal of mine said ‘Nothing can dampen the spirit of Catfest.’ And Catfest did beat the elements where other events failed. Just!”
The O’Dells’ main chosen charity Action Against Cancer helps to fund cutting edge research which will ultimately save lives. Cat herself has been living with cancer for over 8 years and recognises that research creates hope for victims of the disease. They are also proud to donate 10% of profits to Dan’s Hope, a charity set up in association with MDUK to find a cure for a rare form of muscular dystrophy. One sufferer is 9 year old Dan McLellan, a dear friend of the O’Dells’ grandson Marley. It was Marley, also aged 9, who asked his grandparents to support Dan whose condition is degenerative and incurable.
Catfest wouldn’t happen without the help of a number of special people including sponsors from the property industry TM training & development, Rightmove, Elevation Estate Agents, Land & New Homes Network, Reapit, Manning Stainton Estate Agents, Negotiator magazine, ARPM, Lawrence Rand, Williams and Donovan, Moneypenny, Nock Deighton, Grosvenor Billinghurst, Cheffins and Property PR Expert.
An array of fabulous bands and singers provided dazzling entertainment over eleven hours -Straw Bear, Philippa Hanna, Gareth Nugent, The Brethryn, Poke, Fred’s House, Bootleg Blondie and The Alice Band all shone brightly enough to make up for the lack of sunshine.
The amazing total raised was boosted by some great auction lots including an England shirt signed by the 1966 World Cup squad and holidays in France and Norfolk. A collection of Julian’s drawings fetched almost &2,500.
Julian says “Cat and I cannot thank enough all those people who helped before, during and after Catfest, our range of suppliers, the bands, the sponsors, the attendees, anyone who bought raffle tickets, bid on auction lots, bought my pictures and so on. They should be proud of themselves for raising money for great causes. We are thrilled to have beaten last year’s record.
Not having Catfest next year seemed sensible to give us and the garden a break, but when we see all the smiles on the day, read all the fabulous messages from those who attended and loved it, when we sit and calculate the massive amount of money we are passing to charity, we think to heck with it, let’s go again.
Saturday 13th July 2019 is the date. We have sponsors confirmed but would welcome more, three acts confirmed but are open to offers and we need some riproaring auction lots. Any help appreciated!”
If you would like to support Catfest 19 in any way, Julian can be reached on 07718 634235 or firstname.lastname@example.org
As the man himself would almost certainly sum things up....Marvellous.