MK17 is a free, family orientated, live music fundraiser for The Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Inaugurated in 2009 by amateur musicians and Newton Longville residents Paul Eveling and John Browning with three aims in mind; to bring free live music to the village, to be a springboard for local musicians both young and old and to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. This proved to be a winning formula as MK17 has quickly established itself as the local communities ‘must visit’ event of the year, attracting music lovers and fun loving families alike. We have a long relationship with on-going sponsors Marshall Amplification and Yamaha who kindly donate back-line, staging and raffle prizes. We rely solely on private and public donation, sale of raffle tickets and stall holder pitches for our fundraising. MK17 encourages any creative suggestions from our partners, volunteers and patrons and fully encourage them to get involved in raising awareness and much needed funds for The Cystic Fibrosis Trust. All proceeds go to the trust and the small team of organisers are volunteers. Cystic Fibrosis and The Cystic Fibrosis Trust Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease caused by a faulty gene. This gene controls the movement of salt and water in and out of your cells, so the lungs and digestive system become clogged with mucus, making it hard to breathe and digest food. More than 2.5 million people in the UK carry the faulty gene, around one in 25 of the population. There is currently no cure for cystic fibrosis but many treatments are available to manage it, including physiotherapy, exercise, medication and nutrition. Each week five babies are born with cystic fibrosis, and two people die. More than half of the cystic fibrosis population in the UK will live past 41, and improved care and treatments mean that a baby born today is expected to live even longer. The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is the only UK-wide charity making a daily difference to the lives of people with cystic fibrosis, and those who care for them. We are hoping secure more sponsors to help improve the visitor experience and of course to help raise more funds by way of technical equipment, assistance, raffle prizes or kind donation. We are looking to break into new revenue streams with online and onsite advertising opportunities. MK17 already has the obligatory Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr and hope to have Instagram up and running very soon.