Jazz in the Garden aids farmers
A GROUP of students staged a music festival and raised thousands of pounds for farmers in Uganda.
Students from Ivybridge Community College, who are members of the Jazz, Soul and Funk and Big Bands, put on the outdoor event at Lukesland Gardens, Ivybridge, to bring in money for Ugandan charity Food for Thought.
The event, Jazz in the Garden, raised money for schools in Tororo and Eastern Uganda, which are all linked to schools in the UK. The charity focuses on training and providing advice to farmers so they can grow, prepare and cook their own food successfully without using artificial fertilisers or pesticides, which they often can't afford. The event raised £2,276, which members of the Jazz, Soul and Funk and Big Bands handed over to Beatrice Okumu, a representative of Food for Thought.
Ivybridge Scouts provided marquees for the event, and local businesses donated raffle prizes.
John Howell, who organised the event, said: "Despite the rain, 250 people attended. We were really fortunate; we had marquees provided for free and it was a mild evening so people were happy picnicking and towards the end of the evening when the jazz and funk sets were playing people got up and danced. It was a really good evening actually."