They turned up in their hundreds at Irlam Steel Club for the first ever ‘Steel Fest’ with just one aim to raise as much money as possible for the Andrew Cooke Music Trust.
Andrew’s mum Collette Nelson said, “The aim of the Trust is to help underprivileged Salford Music Students studying anywhere in England with a bursary. We are busy fundraising in order to launch the Trust officially within the next six to twelve months. We have had some fantastic support for the Steel Fest including sponsors the London Perfume Company, Dyno Rod, Party Delights, City West, British Gas and Crest Ltd. As well as all the musicians and volunteers who took part including Cadishead Band, local singer songwriter Jess Kemp and local bands Twisted Soul, The Carmalites, Story Untold and the Amplified bandits and others.
Sadly Andrew a student at Irlam Primary School, Irlam and Cadishead High School, Pendleton Sixth Form College and the University of Central Lancashire was passionate about music but tragically passed away in 2011 after which his family were approached with the idea to set up a trust fund in Andrew’s name.
Dad Les Nelson added, “The first Steel Fest went really well, the weather held off for most of the day and I can’t thank enough all those who took part, turned up or volunteered their services for this fundraiser to raise funds for the Andrew Cooke Music Trust.”