Pub festival helps battle against cancer

An Ilkeston woman who lost her mum to breast cancer 20 years ago is hoping to have smashed a £3,200 target at a Stanton-by-Dale fundraising event.

Breastfest was a roaring success, according to Claire Powderly, who put on dozens of local bands and solo musicians throughout the day at the Seven Oaks pub.

Brestfest festival at the Seven oakes pub in Stanton by Dale. Michelle Neale and Claire Powderly.

Brestfest festival at the Seven oakes pub in Stanton by Dale. Michelle Neale and Claire Powderly.

Now in its second year, Saturday’s event was not just about the music – there was a zipwire in the car park, a mini-beer festival and fun and games for all the family, from a bouncy castle to a bucking bronco.

“It went very well – the bands were absolutely fantastic,” said Claire.

After she lost her mum Barbara Powderly and saw friends and family succumb to different forms of cancer, Claire decided to do all she could to raise cash.

“I did the Race for Life and raised money for Cancer Research through that,” she explained.

Brestfest festival at the Seven oakes pub in Stanton by Dale. Newgold singers.

Brestfest festival at the Seven oakes pub in Stanton by Dale. Newgold singers.

“But I wanted to do something bigger. My husband is a musician and I enjoy all kinds of music so I thought, ‘how about putting on a festival for everyone to enjoy?’

“My mum was diagnosed and died 20 years ago and since then there have been people personal to me who have also died.

“I realised how much research has been done in those 20 years to bring technology forward – and they wouldn’t be able to do that without the funding. That’s my motivation.”

Claire says 80 per cent of the money raised will go towards breast cancer research and 20 per cent for testicular cancer research – but all of it is going to Cancer Research UK.

Raffle prizes – including two nights in a B&B and tickets for a toboggan ride – were donated by local businesses and Giltbrook-based brewery Blue Monkey donated a keg for all the volunteer helpers.

The event was sponsored by local firm Warmer Conservatories and Ryan Pound and Kelly Kirkham from the pub allowed Claire and her army of helpers – including husband Terry Mason and friend Michelle Neale – to use the pub for free.

Last week a pink Cadillac took seven of the pub’s locals around the streets of Ilkeston, Stapleford, Sandiacre and Long Eaton to drum up support for the event.

Next year’s event is planned to be even bigger than this year as Claire hopes to establish a long-running annual event.