More than 250 people packed the El Elefante show bar in Benalmádena Costa on Thursday for an event to raise funds and awareness of Bowl Cancer UK, a leading bowel cancer charity that aims to save lives and improve the quality of life of everyone affected by the disease.
The Daphonbury Festival, which was supported by many of the Costa del Sol’s top entertainers, was organised to highlight the Star of Hope GoFundMe appeal, a platform set up by the family of Hannah ‘Daphne’ Edwards, a 37-year-old British expat who died of the disease last year just three weeks after being diagnosed. The GoFundMe page currently stands at more than 17,700 pounds sterling. Organisers said that they hoped the event would help the total hit 20,000 pounds, but claimed that they would “continue raising money for Bowel Cancer UK in the name of Hannah and all those who suffer from the disease”.
The brainchild of Hannah’s fiancée, singer Tony Whitehouse, the charity concert presented live music and entertainment throughout the afternoon and night, which was supplied by Ricky Lavazza, Mario Ross, Route 66, Mamma Cath and the Soul Sisters, Laura Carter, The Phoenix Singers, Rock of the Ages and Diverse, among others.
Several raffles with prizes donated by local businesses were also organised to boost the funds.
Tony Whitehouse, who has campaigned tirelessly to raise awareness of the disease among the younger generation since his fiancée died, told SUR in English that he was “overwhelmed” by the turn out.
“It has been absolutely amazing to see this many people supporting the charity in the memory of Hannah, especially when so many of them never met her. Hannah’s family and myself cannot thank these people enough for their support. It is turning out to be an incredible day and this means a lot to me and a lot of people,” he said.
Although Hannah’s family were unable to attend the event, they tuned in from the UK to watch a live stream of the day on Facebook.