Theresa Villiers, MP for Chipping Barnet, yesterday attended the Summer Soulstice Festival in her constituency. The event has been running for 8 years at the Old Elizabethans sports ground in Mays Lane, Underhill. Over the years it has raised over £100,000 for Barnet charity, Cherry Lodge Cancer Care, which based in High Barnet.

Following the event, Theresa said: "The Summer Soulstice was set up in 2007 by the friends and family of Andy Weekes. Andy grew up in Barnet and played football, cricket and rugby at the Old Elizabethans sports ground in the 1980s. Tragically, Andy died of cancer in 2006 and a group of his friends and family decided to set up an annual get-together to play the music Andy loved and raise money for local cancer charity, Cherry Lodge Cancer Care."

"I have been coming to the Summer Soulstice Festival for some years now and I always get the warmest of welcomes. This event supports a great cause and gets bigger and better every year, with around 4000 attending the 2014 festival. I pay tribute to all the volunteers who make this event possible and who have raised so much money. I also very much welcome the efforts being made to try to minimise the impact the of the festival on local residents."

For more information about the Summer Soulstice, visit their website on You can learn more about the work of Cherry Lodge at