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Thursday 28 May 2020

Swap Glasto For TogetherFest: Help Alleviate Loneliness Via Virtual Music Festival Launched By Brighton Charity

This Saturday, 30th May, Together Co, the Brighton & Hove based charity that exists to end loneliness, is hosting a virtual music festival that will see more than twenty bands perform for free to raise money to help the most vulnerable and isolated.  

TogetherFest will see local bands perform including Melissa Bel, Luna Blue and Dakka Skanks.. 

From midday on Saturday 30th May, each band will release a mini gig that can be viewed for free via Youtube, Instagram and Facebook. 

Everyone taking part is giving their time for free to encourage people to find out about new music in Brighton then donate if they enjoyed the music to support Together Co's essential work. 

Jo Crease, CEO of TogetherCo said: 

"Loneliness has direct impact on every aspect of health and, since lockdown, we've seen the situation in Brighton and Hove dramatically worsen as people have been forced to isolate. 

"For those already extremely vulnerable, it has made even basic everyday tasks such as going food shopping almost impossible. 

"We believe no one should be isolated which is why we act every day to bring people together and build connections that change lives. 

"TogetherFest is going to be brilliant and is a chance to prove what can be done when a community comes together. 

"A huge thank you to every band that takes part and please know every pound raised for us will make a huge difference."

Together Co Befriending has seen a 781% increase in referrals compared to the same period  last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Every single pound raised by the virtual festival will make a difference - from helping train more volunteers to deliver food or offer friendly phone chats. It will also help develop resources to support a City wide response to loneliness. 

Melissa Douglas lead singer from Stranger Girl said: 

"So many people have experienced loneliness and right now it is worse than ever for people who are isolated. 

"I'm taking part in TogetherFest because we can make a difference. 

"Together Co is doing so much to help people realise they are not alone and that people do care. Community is so important right now and I think we need to all try to do our little bit to help with this."

by: Mike Cobley

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