BoomTown brings in almost £100k for charity

October 26, 2016 10:13 AM

BoomTown Fair has announced it raised 98,654 for various charities across the globe.

Local engagement and education all contributed to the high funding number, along with 2 ticket donations, guest list donations, stewarding partnerships, on-site installations, salvage operations and a platform for awareness-raising talks at the new Speakers' Corner talks tent.

Talks at the Speakers' Corner included a drugs awareness message from Wendy Teasdil; Maisie Williams discussing the growing refugee crisis and formal education; Jess Thom talking about living with Tourettes; and the launch of The White Ribbon Campaign's Safe Event Guide, promoting awareness of sexual harassment and assault of women at events.

Funds raised

Local support:

BoomTown matched guestlist donations to create 10,000, to be split between the parishes bordering the festival site for investment in projects to benefit their communities.

7,255 has been donated to Hampshire Air Ambulance through the ongoing stewarding partnership.

The BoomTown KidzTown team held free family carnival workshops at the Discovery Centre for Winchester families, alongside local charities Naomi House and Blue Apple Theatre.

National and international charity support:

46,380 was raised for Oxfam through the stewarding partnership, with a further 15,000 raised through their district-themed Oxfam Shop.

The multi-charity beneficiary stewarding organisation My Cause accrued 5,165 for a range of UK-based and international charities.

Refugees help:

A group of volunteers from Twyford collected 160 sleeping bags, 85 tents, 58 roll mats, 13 self-inflating mats, 17 rugs/blankets and quantities of miscellaneous clothing, shoes and wellies, canned food, pots and pans, lamps, pumps and chairs all of which went to L'Auberge des Migrants.

Love Support Unite raised 2,410.

Help Refugees raised 500 through their festival-wear stall, selling unsuitable clothes that had been donated to their warehouse in Calais.

Refugee Community Kitchen raised 280.

Festival Waste Reclamation and Distribution collected tents, sleeping bags, camping chairs, sleeping mats and clothes for Syria with the Portsmouth-based Don't Hate, Donate charity.

Global:

TEMWA Charity ran the festival's on-site Lost and Found, for which BoomTown donated 5,000 towards the charity and a further 500 was raised through festivalgoers giving donations.

The build crew from the South American-styled area, Barrio Loco, raised 1,640 for Alianza Arkana, a grassroots project working with indigenous communities in the Amazon in Peru, whose way of life is under threat from increasing development and industrialisation.

Environmental:

72,000kg of CO2 emissions were accounted for through travel carbon offsetting ticket donations of 3,600 to Energy Revolution.

BoomTown teamed up with Love Your Tent to bring a new initiative, with the idea of giving cheap dispensable' tents more sentimental value to encourage people to take them home.

Purple Community Fund raised 489 selling handbags, belts and jewelry made from ring pulls. They also collected 5kg of ring pulls from the festival.

Emma Hudson