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Man organises charity music festival after wife's cancer fight

Nick and Jessica Scurr from the Isle of Wight Photo: Family photo

A man from Newport on the Isle of Wight has organised a charity event to help the organisations which helped him and his family after his wife was diagnosed with cancer last year.

Nick Scurr said that his family received a small grant from their local Wessex Cancer Trust based in Newport after his wife's diagnosis in August 2016. Following the diagnosis Nick also became involved with 'On the Other Side of the screen' - a local online mental health support community, for which he later became an ambassador.

He said his wife, Jessica, is now recovering after undergoing life-saving treatment including eight months of chemotherapy - and that he organised this weekend's 'Wight Feather Festival' non-profit event to give something back to the local community.

Nick, who is a free online music promoter, added: "Giving something back has certainly helped me deal with a difficult situation.".

Choosing a name for the festival was also inspired by his family and something very close to his heart.

"I named the event in honour of a story I was told after my dad died from cancer five years ago. It was that if you saw a white feather around the time of the funeral, it meant that the person you have lost is thinking of you - and I did see a white feather.".

– Nick Scurr, Event organiser
This is the first time the event has been held

The first #WightFeatherFestival will be held on Saturday 14th October. The all day music event is at the Riverside Centre in Newport. A number of local businesses, charities and bands have donated time and services for free or at a discount.

The headline acts 'RedLight Revival' - a rock band from Leeds; and 'The Underclass', a reggae ska band from Birmingham are performing for free. Local acts including Luke Hone, Toco Bonito, Something About Mondays, Luisa Jane, Slombers Woke, MeMe Cullen, Jessica White, Max Cowley, and Rebel And The Hearts will also be on stage.