Each year some of the marshals working at the Glastonbury pop festival raise money from the throngs attending the event to support local charity Headway Somerset.
Headway Somerset provides services to those living in the County who have suffered brain injury and their families
In 2012 of course the festival did not occur. The owner of Worthy Farm and organiser, Michael Eavis deciding to give the land a well earned rest. He is however an avid supporter of Headway Somerset and accepted an invitation to open the charity’s temporary shop in the Orchard Shopping Centre in Taunton on the 4 July 2012.
Headway had accumulated a substantial selection of new and nearly new ladies clothes from a particular donor and decided to use them not only to raise funds but also to provide an opportunity for work experience.
Chairman of Headway Somerset and brain injury expert at Clarke Willmott LLP, Martin Pettingell, welcomed Michael to cut the tape in Taunton town centre.
The management of the shopping centre and many of the surrounding retailers offered support and assistance in the project. Martin confirmed that most of the stock was sold while the shop was open and it achieved its two objectives admirably.
Next year ‘Glasto’ will be back with a vengeance. If you are one of the 150,000 odd planning on attending look out for the Headway fundraisers. This local charity does great work and deserves all the support it can get.
Author: Martin Pettingell