On 18 October, O2 Academy Bristol’s bars team hosted their fourth annual Beat It gig. The annual event was held to raise funds for their company-nominated charity, Teenage Cancer Trust, as well as Helen McGee, who is set to trek across Cambodia this month in support of her nominated charity, Penny Brohn.

The line-up for Beat It featured the likes of Ratbags, Madcap, Hush Mozey and Chrissie Huntley. In addition to the bands, numerous contractors, team members and companies – including Ticketmaster, Showsec, PIK and Ramshackle – got involved by donating their time, experience and support so the event could run almost completely free of cost.

In addition to tickets sold in advance, online and at the door, money was raised through bar revenue and by donations via buckets and the raffle.

Now that the figures are all in… Beat It raised a total profit of £2,391 which will be split equally between both charities. This result is an important milestone for the Bristol team, as now the four events combined have crossed over the £10,000 threshold of profit raised – all directly donated to the nominated charities.

Teenage Cancer Trust is a UK charity dedicated to providing specialised nursing care and support to young people with cancer. You can find out more information about the organisation here.

Penny Brohn is also a UK charity that offers free support to everyone affected with cancer. Read more about them here.

And be sure to keep your eyes out for Beat It next year, as O2 Academy Bristol’s bars team are already planning for the fifth instalment of the event in 2020!