Working alongside Ramfest 2019, Universal Group has raised £5,500 for Sue Ryder's Wheatfields Hospice.

Ramfest is an annual music festival, which has been held at Southowram Cricket Club for the past 10 years. It was set up by Stagefreight's Managing Director, Ian Uttley to raise money for charities, after the passing of his dad who cared for his mum who had Parkinson's. The event has got bigger and better each year, with full production, named bands and has raised thousands for charity.


This year Universal and the organisers of Ramfest decided that they would donate the majority share of the profits to Sue Ryder's Wheatfields Hospice, Universal's charity of choice. The remaining amount going to a variety of other local charities the festival supports.

The decision to choose Sue Ryder's Wheatfields Hospice as the main benefactor of the event was in part due to the dedicated support and sponsorship from Universal Live over the years. The hospice provides for people aged 18 and over, living with conditions such as cancer, heart failure and lung disease. They also offer a range of day services in the hospices, helping people stay at home longer and giving respite to their carers. The hospice relies heavily on charitable funds raised by organisations, individuals and themselves. Without its supporters the hospice would not be able to provide the excellent care and facilities that is currently does.