THE hills were alive with the sound of music from five different decades, in an event which raised more than £20,000 for two good causes.

Brothfest, a charity night at Skitby Farm near Smithfield, featured music from The Thieving Magpies, who specialise in rock and blues from the 1960s and ‘70s, and 3 River City, whose music ranged from the 1980s onwards. Organiser Stephen Little explained that all ages and musical tastes were catered for - and more than 350 people came along. The event also included an auction of items donated by local businesses. A total of £20,385 was raised and shared evenly between Eden Valley Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Support.

“We’ve hosted many events over the years but this was the first charity music night,” Stephen said. “We like to support the hospice as it’s a local charity.”

And Alan Whitmore, keyboardist with The Thieving Magpies, commented: “What was noticeably impressive was that it was really well organised, and raised a heck of a lot of money.

“It was a real honour for The Thieving Magpies to take part in such an amazing event.”

Sam Johnston, community and events fundraising manager at Eden Valley Hospice, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to the organisers.

We are hugely grateful they have chosen to support Eden Valley Hospice.”

Sue McDonald, Macmillan fundraising manager in Cumbria, added: “Macmillan is thrilled to receive this wonderful donation from Stephen, his family and friends. There are times when thank you doesn’t seem enough – this is one of those times.”