Music festival first with Lodgefest

26 September 2017
Martin House has brought the music festival experience to young people with life-limiting conditions by hosting its own event.

Lodgefest at Martin House was attended by over 150 people, around a third of whom were teenagers and young adults who enjoyed music, comedy and magic in the hospice grounds.

Local bands, solo acts and comedians took part in the festival, along with Martin House ambassador Emmerdale actor Jeff Hordley, who did a 45-minute DJ set. One of Martin House’s own young people also turned DJ to launch the festival in style.

Clair Holdsworth, director of care, said: “We’ve taken small groups to Leeds Festival before, but it can be very difficult for our young people to attend big festivals so we wanted to give them that experience by bringing a festival here.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by their response, they absolutely loved it and had an amazing time. It was also incredibly event for Martin House staff to be involved in delivering – it really exemplifies what hospice care is all about.”

Lodgefest – named for Martin House’s teenage and young adult unit Whitby Lodge – was the idea of care team member Wendy Morton and was developed in conjunction with many of the young people who use the Lodge, as a way include the older users of the hospice in its 30th anniversary celebrations this year.

As well as music in the luxury tepee kindly donated by firm PapaKata, there were stalls serving mocktails and street food, a roving magician, commemorative T-shirts and Martin House Makers on hand to add glitter, sequins and glam accessories for staff and young people alike.

Clair added: “We originally planned this as a one-off to mark our anniversary, but it’s had such a positive impact on both young people that we are looking at making this a regular event.”