A FESTIVAL in South Gloucestershire that smashed all previous records will donate some fund raised to victims of the huge fire in Marshfield earlier this year.

Jessica Jefferys, one of the organisers of Marshfest, a one-day family-friendly music festival, said they were thrilled to be able to make 'much-needed' donations to families affected by the huge fire that affected families and businesses during the August heatwave.

More than 1,000 people attended the forth annual event that raised over £12,000.

As well as donations to helping the victims of the fire, organisers gave £5,000 to Marshfield C of E Primary School PTA, £5,000 towards Marshfield Cricket Club’s new pavilion fund, and £1,500 to Warmley Park School and College.

Jessica said: “We couldn’t be happier to raise £12,000 – especially as we felt our £10,000 target was so ambitious. And I’m so pleased we were able to make an extra, much-needed donation to those affected by the devastating fire that damaged homes and businesses in the village.

“Our first Battle of the Bands was a huge success and we saw incredible talent from school aged bands with the winner – Intermission – scooping a £300 voucher from sponsor El Toro Music shop as well as playing to an enthusiastic crowd on the main stage. The bands all rocked, and we had more people through the gates than ever before.”