Truck Festival 2019 raised record-breaking amount for charity

TRUCK Festival has revealed that 2019 was a record-breaking year for fundraising, with the ‘unforgettable’ weekend generating a six-figure sum. Generous festival-goers helped to raise GBP103,000 for almost a dozen charities and causes, mostly in Oxfordshire, including a children’s hospice and a mental health charity. The sum smashed the previous year’s total by GBP30,000, according to organisers of the music festival in Steventon, near Didcot.

Organiser Conor Burns said: “Supporting charities has always been at the centre of Truck since the beginning. “2019 was an unforgettable year and to raise over GBP100,000 is amazing. “Truck is one of a kind and we’re full steam ahead for 2020.”

ALSO READ: Truck Festival through the years in pictures The sell-out event in July was headlined by Oxford band Foals, who first performed at the festival at Hill Farm back in 2007. Wolf Alice, Two Door Cinema Club, Slaves and Lewis Capaldi were among the other big names who drew in crowds last year.

Every year, Truck works with the community to raise money for Oxfordshire-based charities, as well as national and international causes. The majority of the cash is raised by the charities that work in the Feel Good Food Tent, which this year brought in GBP89,000. The tent is home to an assortment of food and drink stalls run by volunteers, and 100 per cent of their profits are donated to charity.

In the past six years, Truck has raised more than GBP350,000 for various charities and charitable groups. ALSO READ: Truck festival – everything you need to know Farmer Richard Binning, whose land transforms into the festival site every summer, said: “The charities that have raised money at Truck include Steventon Church and Preschool, and the Batemans Trust, – a charity based in Chennai, India, aiming to transform the lives of children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“They are rebuilding a school and a new site, and Truck Festival is one of the major fundraising events for this project.” Other causes to benefit were the Footsteps Foundation in Dorchester, the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, African school charity Hatua, Oxford children’s hospice Helen & Douglas House, Oxford Hospitals Charity, Oxford mental health charity Restore, and Severn Hospice. The Royal British Legion and Newbury Riding for the Disabled also gained support, as did the Steventon Darby and Joan Club, a social group for older villagers.

Truck also made a substantial contribution to the Steventon Church Bell Fund Appeal.

This year’s festival takes place from July 31 until August 2, and tickets go on sale on Monday.

The line-up has not been announced but a notice on the festival website states they will be ‘soon’.

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