For the second year running The Greyhound, Blandford hosted the ‘Teddy Rocks’ charity rock festival, which saw over 2,000 people visiting the pub over the course of the weekend to see 26 live rock bands and 30 acoustic bands play across 2 stages. In 2013 £6,000 was raised from the event while this year they almost tripled this with a fantastic £15,000.
The Greyhound, which is part of local Brewery Hall & Woodhouse’s tenanted estate, provide the venue for the event which is put on by the charity Teddy20. Teddy20 raises money and awareness for children’s cancer charities and is in memory of Ted Newton, who lost his fight to cancer aged 10, in June 2010. All money raised goes straight towards helping children undergoing treatment for cancer, to help them and their families through incredibly difficult times. The charity formed in 2009 and over £90,000 has been raised in total.
As well as the venue, The Greyhound landlords Jan and Gary, donated 200 t-shirts which sold like hot cakes at £15 each raising vital funds for the charity. In addition they added to the event by putting on a cider festival with 12 local ciders for the guests to enjoy.
Even the local upper school got involved; they donated most of the sound equipment while the students got involved by using the event as a practical exam for their A Level Music Technology.
Event organiser Tom Newton said “I would like to say a massive thank you to Gary and Jan for all their support making Teddy Rocks grow, we couldn’t put it on without them and look forward to running another fanatic event with the Greyhound next year.”