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Members of the popular social networking site Twitter are holding a fundraising event in Lichfield in support of local charity St Giles Hospice. The event, called Lichfield Twestival, takes place from from September 10 to 13 and is part of a number of Twestival Locals taking place in 158 cities across the world. The aim of each Twestival Local event is to raise money for a local charity. Although the nature of the events can vary from city to city, a key feature of the fundraiser is that the charity is decided by a vote, conducted via Twitter and that those running the event are all local people using Twitter themselves. Lichfield Twestival is taking a slightly different route to most cities by having three days of events rather than just one. The schedule is:

Thursday 10th

  • Music quiz at George IV pub on Bore Street from 8pm; £1 entry per person with a prize for the winning team

Saturday 12th

  • Raffle and other events throughout the day (venue & times TBC)

Sunday 13th

  • Barbecue at George IV pub on Bore Street from 1pm
  • Computer games tournament (Rock Band/Guitar Hero) at George IV from 6pm
Lichfield Twestival’s organisers are looking for sponsorship as well as donations of prizes for the raffle, quiz and games tournament to help make the weekend a success. Lead organiser Philip John said:
“This is a great opportunity for local businesses to get their name out there really easily and support a great local charity at the same time. Following the success of Twestival Global in February, there is a lot to be gained by helping out. Anyone who might like to sponsor Lichfield Twestival or donate prizes for the events we are putting on should get in touch.”
St Giles Hospice is a well-known local charity serving Lichfield District as well as neighbouring areas including Tamworth, Burton, Sutton Coldfield and Cannock. The hospice is a registered charity with bases in Sutton Coldfield and Whittington and aims to provide quality healthcare to people in the area living with cancer and other serious illnesses. There are also support services for the families and carers of patients. All their services are provided free of charge and paid for by some Government funding but also from donations from the public. Although organised by members of twitter, the Twestival is open to anyone and the organisers are encouraging anyone from Lichfield or further afield to come along and take part. More info is available on Lichfield Twestival’s Twitter profile or on their blog and for all the talk about the event, there is a ‘hashtag’ which is #lichtwestival.

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