3rd May - 5th May 2024 Charisworth Farm, Blandford, Dorset
Ted Newton was lost, aged 10, to Ewing Sarcoma - a very rare bone cancer.
Teddy Rocks Festival raises money for Teddy20, a children's cancer charity founded by Ted's brother Tom Newton and his family, and other partner cancer charities.
The Teddy 20 Charity
In 2008 our youngest son, Ted, was diagnosed with a very rare form of bone cancer named Ewing Sarcoma. The shock of this diagnosis impacted all through our family and we embarked on what was to be the most harrowing and gruelling time of our lives. During the first few months, we were overwhelmed by the kindness, support and generosity of CLIC Sargent. Basically, they were there to pick up the pieces from day one and guide us through this turbulent time.
In May 2009, Ted's dad, Owen, decided he wanted to give something back to the organisations that had helped Ted and the rest of the family. Owen has a cricket coaching background and decided to arrange a 20-20 cricket match in Ted's home town of Blandford.
This evening proved to be such a success and with the help of some lovely local people organising raffles, prizes and baking cakes we were astonished to raise over £2,000. This gave us the idea along with Ted’s input to call the event ‘Teddy20’ which is a play on the cricket shorter game of twenty20. It seemed to lend itself very well to our little idea! This was to be the beginning of our journey into becoming our own Charitable organisation.
Tragically, after an immense fight against the evil that is cancer Ted passed away peacefully in June 2010 at the tender age of 10.
In May 2014 Teddy20 became a registered charity in England and Wales and continues to support children and young people with cancer.
Purpose and Vision
The Charities purpose continues to provide financial and emotional support to children and families undergoing treatment for cancer.
In the past year the charity has undertaken various fundraising activities involving local organisations and businesses so to help sustain and maintain our objectives in our region.
Through working with the local communities we have been able to continue our support of children and young people by providing financial support to the families who may be struggling to meet the everyday demands of their child’s treatment. In addition, with our acquisition of a holiday home in Weymouth, Dorset the charity has been in a better position to provide continued emotional respite holiday breaks for families and their siblings away from hospitals and treatment. Thus spending important time together as a family and also importantly creating Family Memories.
You can also support the Teddy20 charity by selecting them as your Amazon Smile charity.
More about TRF
Leading the fight with donations and direct support for children with cancer
Teddy Rocks Festival has been recognised by the following awards
Exceptional positive contribution to the heavy music scene