A popular charity music festival will return to Hersham this summer in aid of the Grace Dear Trust.

Viva Forever will take place on Saturday, June 22 at Esher Rugby Club and feature a line-up of renowned artists including headliners Atlantic Soul Orchestra, Joe Ash and TV200.

The festival is being staged in collaboration with Grace Dear Trust, a mental health charity founded last year by friends and family members following the death of Grace Dear to suicide in 2017.

Since its creation the charity has worked to raise awareness and provide support for communities in the region affected by mental health issues, under the message: "It's OK not to be OK."

A spokesperson for the group said the Trust's wanted to alleviate the suffering caused by mental health issues.

"Our aim is to help save the lives of other young people suffering with mental health issues.

"Grace had been suffering with depression and anxiety from the age of 13, but hadn’t felt she could reach out to anyone to help her.

"We want to raise awareness amongst children, giving support to those who need it and preventing others from suffering so long in silence," the spokesperson said.

The charity does this by helping schools in the area fund counselling for younger people without stigma.

So far the Trust says it has been able to provide funds for student counselling at six secondary schools in the area (Tolworth Girls’ School, Southborough High School, Hinchley Wood School, Esher Church of England High School, Rosebery School and Chessington School).

Hoping to raise funds for the work the Trust does through the festival, organisers urged residents to show their support.

A spokesperson said: "One hundred per cent of profits from the ticket sales for Viva Forever will be spent improving student wellbeing at our local schools.

"There will be six bands, there will be inflatables , food vans and a bar to be sure there is something for everyone.

"Join us for fantastic day and an unmissable opportunity to raise awareness for a cause that affects so many young people!"

The Viva Forever festival is taking place at Esher Rugby Club in Hersham on Saturday, June 22. For more information and to buy tickets go to: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/viva-forever-charity-music-festival-tickets-57165176582

To find our more about the work the Grace Dear Trust does in the community go to: https://thegracedeartrust.co.uk