MUSIC-LOVERS made the most of the warm weather at a fundraising festival.

Paul Langhorn, his wife Sue and family friend Phil Birkett organised Olistock to help raise money for the children’s ward at Furness General Hospital.

The fundraiser was a way of thanking the ward staff for the care shown to their 15-month-old nephew Oliver.

The toddler, who was born with numerous birth defects including Spina Bifida, Talipes, a missing kidney and an incomplete bowel, spent much of last year in hospital.

Mum Holly Goodings said: “The children’s ward was our second home for the most of 2018 because of how much time Oliver has had to spend there.

“It’s incredibly scary when your baby is that poorly but the staff there were wonderful.

“The nurses provided such compassionate care and they just make you feel safe; that’s so important when you’re in that situation.

“The money raised will be a huge thank you for the amazing care provided for Oliver and many other children in the local area.

Olistock, held at Duddon Sports & Social Club in Askam on Saturday, featured a raffle, food and live entertainment from bands.

Mr Birkett booked all the bands with the day’s music including performances from Rob & Phil, The Shambles, PV-77, Sarsparilla, Sofa Dog, Sugarfoot, Uklear Fusion and Orinoco entertained the crowds inside the venue while the glorious sunshine outside proved a perfect setting for a picnic.

Mr Langhorn said: “Although Oliver is doing pretty well, he has been in and out of FGH due to infections and dehydration and has to be carefully monitored due to his problem kidney.

“But when he’s well he has the cheekiest of smiles that would melt the coldest of hearts.”

His wife Sue added: “We organised Olistock as a way of saying thank you to the children’s ward.

“Furness General Hospital’s children’s ward have been amazing.”