“WE will make this a party to remember for Al Lewis.”
That is the rallying cry from one Hampshire community that has come together to show its support for its most inspirational resident.
When people in Stockbridge heard that young dad Alex had lost three limbs and part of his face after a simple cold developed into a deadly bug, leaving him fighting for his life, they knew that they had to do something.
And now tickets are on sale for The Bridge Music Festival, which takes place at Stockbridge Recreation Ground on Saturday.
The family event will start at 1pm with Stockbridge Community Fete.
Organised by Stockbridge Football Club, it will feature 42 stalls with traditional activities as well as home-made goods to buy, a bouncy castle and a host of activities, including an aircraft display and football tournament until 5pm.
From 2pm the music amps will be turned up as bands of all genres will take to the stage ahead of a stunning fireworks display.
Sheriden Sleap, who is among the volunteers organising the event, said: “I’ve never known the village come together quite so much as this. It’s going to be a really family-friendly day.”
Money raised will help Stockbridge Football Club as well as the Al Lewis Trust, set up after the 34-year-old dad contracted Group A streptococcus last November. So far more than £35,000 has been raised in just a few months after celebrities, members of the community and total strangers have rallied around to help the costs of his rehabilitation.
Alex, who is now back at home, said: “I can’t thank everyone enough. It is extremely humbling.
“Stockbridge as a community has been so supportive and I really can’t put into words how it makes me feel. It will be an amazing day.”
Tickets cost £3 for the evening entertainment and must be bought in advance. Anyone can turn up to the fete.