Hampshire’s Boomtown Fair has raised £116,303 for charity with a staggering £32,000.72 going directly to charities and projects in the local area.
The 60,000 capacity event that attracts attendees, musicians and artists from all over the world was also hailed a success by the Cabinet Office for its positive contribution to the region’s wider local economy who took to Twitter to show support.
Boomtown has made Matterley Estate near Winchester it’s home in 2011 and over the years has worked with and donated to numerous local and national charities. 2017 saw the event expand its charity networks even further by teaming up a record breaking number of charities including local organisations; Street Reach, Hampshire Air Ambulance, Trinity Winchester, Naomi House, and the South Downs National Park Trust, to name just a few.
The festival’s main charity partner for 2017 was Winchester-based youth outreach organisation, Street Reach. Working directly with vulnerable and disadvantaged youth in Winchester, Street Reach will receive £8,702 directly from the optional £2 donation customers made when they purchased their tickets. This will help fund the weekly outreach sessions, youth club nights, drop-in projects and trips that are offered to young people in deprived Winchester communities.
Ben Martin, project manager at Street Reach, commented: “We are absolutely thrilled by the amount that was raised by Boomtown and we would like to thank everyone that made a donation to Street Reach. Through our partnership with Boomtown we involved young people working with us in their drop in arts workshops and we were able to take a group of young people on a unique and inspiring backstage tour of the festival. The donation will enable us to continue supporting young people in need and those experiencing disadvantage through our outreach work across Winchester.”
Through the long-standing stewarding partnership, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance will receive a donation of £8,148 to support their vital services in the area.
For the second year running the guestlist donations collected at the entrance gates were supplemented by Boomtown to raise £10,000 for the five parishes that border the festival site. The parish councils are required to invite parishioners to suggest where the money would be best spent to benefit their wider community. The 2016 Community Support Fund was allocated to vital restoration projects, contributed to broadband technology, footpath and wild plant replanting schemes and helped purchase equipment for play areas, local clubs and schools. Local parishes will soon be contacted with regards to the distribution of the Community Support Fund.
In addition to the money raised for local charities, £84,302.50 was raised for national and international charities, with £49,009 raised via the Oxfam Stewarding Partnership plus a further £13,000 through its on-site shop in Mayfair.
Other charities in attendance included:
Greenpeace had a stall in Whistlers Green area to raise awareness on the global projects raised £5,500.
TEMWA, (Malawi Charity) ran the festival’s onsite Lost and Found and information stands raising £5,000.
Love Specs had a stall and workshop and raised £1,540 to help projects and communities in Malawi.
Energy Revolution – collaborative festival venture to minimise the carbon footprint of festivals raised £927.50 via ticket donations.
The Purple Community Fund On-site stall in Whistlers Green raised £866 to help the Philippines break the cycle of poverty through education, welfare and livelihood programs.
The Samaritans were on site and provided a safe place for anyone who wanted to talk helping them to forge their own path
Long Live South Bank were fundraising to restore sections of the legendary skateboarding spot – the Southbank Undercroft
Safe Gigs for Women were on the ground providing support to women who face gender equality issues with interactive workshops and support
“Being able to raise vital funds and awareness to support a wide range of charities, community projects and those most closely located to the festival is something we are really committed to,” said Lak Mitchell, co-founder of Boomtown. “We’re so pleased to have worked with so many organisations this year and really look forward to involving and developing relationships in the future.
“A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to this record amount by making a donation and for all the volunteers for giving their time.”