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Harrogate scaffolding business takes to the stage for charity festival

Stage Struck! Elite Scaffolding’s Sam Paxton (front) with Magic Shoe organiser Adam Pudelko
Stage Struck! Elite Scaffolding’s Sam Paxton (front) with Magic Shoe organiser Adam Pudelko

A Harrogate scaffolding business will be taking to the stage this coming weekend (July 27-29), as it supports a charity set up in the memory of a Leeds man who tragically drowned whilst travelling the world last year.

The team from Elite Scaffolding are supplying the stage and their services free of charge for the Magic Shoe Festival, which is raising funds for the Chris Shoesmith Global Foundation.

The event, being held at the Funkirk Estate, on Heslaker Lane, Skipton, over two nights and one day, will feature almost 30 live music acts – who are providing their services free of charge – plus stalls and a licensed bar.


Sam Paxton from Elite Scaffolding said:

We are delighted to be working with the Chris Shoesmith Global Foundation and alongside the organisers for this worthwhile event.

We take our social responsibility seriously, so we are proud to be able to offer our services and support to the Foundation. Weather permitting it promises to be a great weekend and we are very much looking forward to watching the live acts.


Magic Shoe organiser Adam Pudelko said:

We are very grateful to not only the Elite Scaffolding team, but all the other businesses that are giving their times and services free of charge to ensure this weekend festival is a success.

The Chris Shoesmith Global Foundation is a newly formed charity, founded in memory of a truly amazing friend, Chris Shoesmith. The charity aims to help families, of those lost or missing abroad, and was founded by “Shoe’s” mother, May and Brother Andy.

Whilst fulfilling a lifelong dream of travelling the world, at the age of 24, Chris tragically drowned, in Vang Vien, Laos in June 2011.

Faced with no help from foreign authorities, the family struggled through many obstacles to find Chris, and bring him home. Since then three other families have faced similar circumstances.

The Chris Shoesmith Global Foundation celebrates and encourages the dreams of young people like Chris. The foundation aims to provide help and support for families who might find themselves in similar circumstances to the Shoesmiths, and also to highlight the dangers faced whilst backpacking so that other families may avoid the same tragedy.

The Foundation would like to thank all businesses offering their services for free and in particular Yorkshire Hog Roast and Marque Hire, as well as all the 27 artists giving up their time to take part in the event.


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