Charity

BoomTown brings in almost £100k for charity

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.

Isle of Wight Festival confirms second local charity initiative

The Isle of Wight Festival has announced the details of its second local charity initiative.

Local charities and causes on the island are invited to apply for tickets to this summer’s festival to use in their fundraising activities via a ballot system, which opens today (29 February) on the official website. The initiative was successfully launched last year.

Organisations have until 22 April to apply for the 20 pairs of available tickets – worth £10k. Last year’s debut initiative saw 20 local charities each receive a pair of tickets for various fundraising activities including raffles, online auctions and competitions.

The Isle of Wight Festival has also recently announced its national charity partnership with Stand Up To Cancer, which will launch with a Dragon Boat Race at Island Harbour on 21 April.

Over the last decade, The Isle of Wight Festival has given back to the island community through working with local charities and organisations including the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, Daisy Chains, the Beaulieu Respite Centre, Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, Quay Arts, Dimbola Lodge and Pink on Wight Breast Cancer campaign.

For the last three years, St Catherine’s School has been a lead charity cause for the festival, with money raised via the media accreditation box office donated towards new equipment – more than £2.5k has been raised to date for this residential school for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs. Isle of Wight Festival organiser John Giddings is also a patron of Platform One, the island’s music college, who every year run a competition for local acts to win the chance to play the festival’s Main Stage. Local scout group Wight Rovers will be returning to the festival campsite this year to salvage unwanted tents left by the crowds at the end of the weekend.

Festival tickets have been donated to several national charities over the years to help raise much-needed funds, including Cancer Research UK, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, British Red Cross, Breast Cancer UK, the Ellen MacArthur Trust, Tickets for Troops, the Anthony Nolan Trust and Make A Wish.

The Isle of Wight Festival takes place 9-12 June at Seaclose Park. Stereophonics, Faithless and Queen + Adam Lambert have all been confirmed to headline.

Mayor of London’s Office partners with Unicef for spectacular NYE display

London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display was delivered in partnership with Unicef as part of the charity’s ‘Happy Blue Year’ campaign.

The event, which took place at the London Eye, raised awareness and funds for children affected by the conflict in Syria. More than 12,000 fireworks accompanied a soundtrack of children’s voices during the 11-minute show.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “Our stunning fireworks display shows our capital at its best and I’m thrilled that this year we were able to partner with Unicef.  Not only was it a momentous occasion, uniting millions of people across the country and overseas, it was also an opportunity to make the world an even better place in 2016 and beyond by helping children affected by the Syrian crisis.”

More than 108,000 people attended the event, which was created for the 12th consecutive year by brand experience agency Jack Morton Worldwide.

“London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks has become an iconic and globally recognised event,” said David Zolkwer, creative director of Jack Morton Worldwide. “This year, it is a privilege to not only be entertaining millions of people, but also – through the participation of Unicef – to be dramatically marking this poignant time of reflection and resolution as we connect London to the rest of the world with a message of goodwill and compassion.”