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Glastonbury Festival hands more than £3.5m to charity in 2023

MORE than £3.5 million has been donated to charity by organisers of the Glastonbury Festival in 2023.

Organisers have praised festival goers for their support as the event, which takes place at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, backed a “range of incredible causes”, including in Bristol, Yeovil and in the Pilton area.

“It is thanks to your support for the Festival that we have been able to make substantial donations to help those facing challenges across the world,” a spokesperson said.

“By the end of 2023, we will have made payments of over £3.7m to charitable causes and campaigns. In addition to this £3.7m, thank you to everyone who donated to the Oxfam Crowdfunder DEC Appeal which raised more than £1m towards the Syria-Turkey Earthquake response, and our online auction raised £116,000 for the Trussell Trust.”

The festival, which next years takes place from June 26 to 30, is partnered by charities Oxfam, WaterAid and Greenpeace.

But it also backs a raft of other causes, at home and abroad.

“In response to the humanitarian crisis currently affecting the Middle East, we have made a donation towards the Red Cross’s Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territory Appeal to provide immediate and urgent medical support for all those in need,” the spokesperson went on.

“We have also supported War Child with a donation towards their work in that region and for other children affected by war in countries such as Syria, Afghanistan and Ukraine.

“We’re also delighted to have been able to help nationwide charities working with young people experiencing homelessness such as Centrepoint, and charities working with communities living in poverty across the UK such as Fareshare, Foodcycle and Beauty Banks.”

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Charities helping asylum seekers have also benefited from support from the festival.

“We’re proud to have been able to support UK charities working with these groups, such as Safe Passage – who help children who arrive in this country alone – and the UK Refugee Council,” the spokesperson added.

“We have also funded work supporting refugee women in creative projects such as Makani and Women for Refugee Women.”

In Bristol, they said the festival had supported projects including Young Bristol, Black2Nature and Feeding Bristol, who work to support families and young people in the city.

“On our doorstep – in Pilton and other nearby towns and villages – we’ve supported initiatives such as enrichment projects for local primary schools and vegetable growing for community food banks as well as donated towards the new Breast Cancer Unit at Yeovil Hospital, and supported Somerset NHS charities with a donation towards their 25th anniversary appeal, which will help fund equipment and materials in healthcare centres across Somerset,” they added.

“We would also like to say a huge thank you to the incredible volunteers who donate their time to support over 200 charities while providing essential services to Glastonbury Festival.”

For more details on how the Glastonbury Festival helps worthy causes, log on to glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/worthy-causes.

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