Festival donates over £3.7m to charitable causes & campaigns

December 14, 2023

Glastonbury Festival is thrilled to have supported a range of incredible causes this year. 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.

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 over £1m towards the Syria-Turkey Earthquake response, and our online auction raised £116,000 for the Trussell Trust.

As well as our continued support for our Joint Charity partners – Oxfam, WaterAid and Greenpeace – we have been able to help many projects and organisations both in the UK and overseas.

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. 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.

Another cause close to our heart is the plight of refugees and asylum seekers. 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. We have also funded work supporting refugee women in creative projects such as Makani and Women for Refugee Women.

Many of our wider community and crew are Bristol-based and this year we have donated to various projects in the city. Among these are Young Bristol, Black2Nature and Feeding Bristol, who all work hard to compassionately support families and young people in the Bristol area with a range of initiatives.

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.

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.

Please click here to read more about the charities and organisations Glastonbury Festival has supported in 2023.

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