THOUSANDS of people enjoyed a family-friendly festival and helped raise funds for vital equipment at a Hampshire hospital.

On Sunday, June 25, the Hampshire Medical Fund held its annual Good Festival at Dummer Down Farm.

The festival raised money for a bowel disease marker analyser for the pathology department at Basingstoke hospital.

The family-friendly event welcomed thousands of people and was packed with fun, sun and entertainment from start to finish.

Musical performances took place on the main stage including up-and-coming Vinyl band, samba fusion drummers Swan Samba, The Lost Keys band, and finishing off the day was the talented young musicians from Farleigh School Band, the Thundering Herd.

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With delicious food stalls, local artisans, workshops, alpaca walking, flower crowns, reptile encounters and the festival's famous dog show, there was something for everyone.

Basingstoke Gazette: The event happened on June 25 2023The event happened on June 25 2023 (Image: Robert Smith, Dave Potts, Canva)

Children's legendary party entertainers, Sharky & George pulled countless happy children along the water slide and squirted the young crowd with water pistols as the fun and the heat of the day increased.

Throughout the day, there was family yoga, circus skills, storytelling, pony rides, basket weaving, bubble football and an area just for the under 5s mini-festival, along with a lot of bubbles from an incredible festival bubbleologist.

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A spokesperson for Hampshire Medical Fund said: "The Hampshire Medical Fund would like to give a big thank you to all of their supporters, sponsors and attendees that helped raise £12,000, which was put directly towards the purchase of the Bowel Disease Marker Analyser.

Basingstoke Gazette: The day raised £12k which was put directly towards the purchase of the Bowel Disease Marker AnalyserThe day raised £12k which was put directly towards the purchase of the Bowel Disease Marker Analyser (Image: Robert Smith, Dave Potts, Canva)

"Use of this new device looks for early signs of bowel cancer and will allow quicker referral and greatly reduce the time from when the pathology team receives a sample to when they are able to release a result, ultimately resulting in a quicker diagnosis of patients with bowel cancer symptoms and enabling those patients to be put on the relevant treatment pathway as soon as possible."

The event was sponsored by Candover Clinic and Optibac.

To find out more about the Hampshire Medical Fund or to donate to the charity, visit For more information on next year's festival information visit