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A family-friendly music festival to raise money for a crisis-hit women’s refuge charity takes place in Saltburn on Saturday 13th July. Eva Live at Saltburn House will donate all proceeds to EVA Women’s Aid in Redcar, which recently had its Government funding withdrawn.

There is plenty on offer throughout the day including a programme of live music and reggae DJs, a cupcake competition and kid’s activities such as face painting, yoga and Thai Chi. The musical lineup includes indie-pop starlets The Lulas, local rock ‘n’ rollers The Shakin’ Nightmares, singer-songwriter Charlotte Grayson, folk-poppers Harvey, awarding-winning troubadour Joe Solo and country singer Charlea B.

The charity provides a vital service to the Redcar area, providing support to women and children affected by domestic and sexual violence andhelped around 1,000 women last year. However, in March the charity was told that its bid to renew funding from the Ministry of Justice rape support fund for the 2019/22 period had been unsuccessful.

Richinda Taylor, CEO of EVA Women’s Aid said: “‘Finding out our funding from the Ministry of Justice was to be withdrawn has been difficult for EVA recently and it seriously affected our counselling services. However, we remain optimistic and are doing all we can to find replacement funding. We are so grateful to the organisers of this event – it means a huge amount to EVA – this will help us to continue providing first-class services to the people of Redcar and Cleveland”

Charlea B, a Middlesbrough-based solo singer-songwriter is performing at the event to help the charity that helped her when she needed support.

She said: “EVA gave me their time and support around my working hours when they were not even open to help me the best they could. They even arranged to meet me at a place where I felt comfortable to talk about issues I had. They were unbelievably helpful and the most kind, caring people I have ever met. They go above and beyond to help, they give you a safe place to talk freely. If it wasn’t for EVA Women’s Aid I would not have had anyone to talk to. They found other sources of help and support for me too, guiding me to my next step. I am forever grateful for EVA Women’s Aid and I am so happy to now help give back to them and provide some help by performing at this amazing charity event.”

Eva Live will start at 10 am on Saturday 13 July. Tickets are on sale at the Saltburn House Bar for £10 or online. Children under five will gain free entry.

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