Great Music for a Great Cause

Posted: 18 August 2014

The Bull Inn in Faversham is holding a music festival to raise money for a severely disabled teenager who lives in the town.

Thomas Knaves, 13, who attends Meadowfield School in Sittingbourne, has severe epilepsy, learning difficulties and autism. He is unable to speak and needs round-the-clock care.


Licensee Sara Apps, who has run the historic Shepherd Neame pub for the past 17 years with husband Martin, said: “Thomas is very special to us here at the Bull Inn, as his family are regulars at the pub and we know him well. We wanted to show our support by raising some money to help with his care, so decided to organise some fundraising events.”

Sara took part in the Pretty Muddy Race For Life event at Maidstone’s Mote Park in July, raising £600, and Martin organised a charity golf day at Upchurch on August 4, which raised £450. They are now holding Gigs in the Garden at the pub, a music festival which will feature performances by local bands including Nude Vyper, Creek, Flawless Carbon, Davey Ralph & The Road Band, Stormy Monday and the Just Groovin’ Disco. There will also be a barbecue in the garden, and a raffle.

Sara said: “We have a huge garden at the pub, so it is the perfect venue for a music festival. We will be providing wristbands instead of tickets, so people can pop in and out during the afternoon and evening. We hope it will be a really fun, family event. "Every band is playing for free, and our bar staff are also donating their time, so we can raise as much money as possible for a fantastic cause.”

Doors open at 1pm on Sunday, August 24, for a 2pm start. The event will finish at 10.30pm.

Admission is £5, and funds raised will be shared between Thomas Knaves and Cancer Research UK. Tickets can be bought in advance or on the door. For more information phone the pub on 01795 534740.