Yet another event has been cancelled for 2020 based on the spreading COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. This time it’s the annual Testifest, which takes place in the Ribble Valley of Lancashire, England. Raising funds for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation since 2016, the event draws a healthy crowd of revelers to take in local bands and eat fun food. But this year will be an exception.
The Hartley’s Farm Campsite in Tosside will be empty this June, with acts like The Baghdaddies from Manchester, Clitheroe’s Good Foxy and Blackburn’s Ruby Tuesdays no longer booked to perform.
The event has raised over 22,000 pounds for the charity since 2016. All of the funds raised go to support patients in the Ribblesdale Ward, Rosemere Cancer Centre’s in-patient ward.
Testifest founder Neil Livesey released a statement on the decision, saying “It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce that Testifest 2020 will not be going ahead. This decision has not been taken lightly and in the current global crisis we have no choice but to cancel the festival. We would like to thank everyone who helped in the planning for this year’s festival and all of the bands who were due to play. For anyone who purchased tickets online, refunds will be issued in the coming days so check your inbox for details. As disappointing it is for everyone involved in the festival, the biggest loss is for Rosemere Cancer Foundation. The profits from Testifest support cancer patients across Lancashire and South Cumbria. We will be setting up a link for donations for Rosemere in the coming days. We look forward to partying in the fields next year, until then stay kind and stay safe.”
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