The Isle of Wight Festival 2015 has today (Friday) launched a brand new local charity initiative, inviting charities on the island to apply for tickets for this year’s festival to use in their fundraising activities.
This new initiative continues the support the festival has given over the years to not only charities, but also schools, sports teams and musicians on the Isle of Wight.
25 pairs of tickets to this year’s festival worth £10,000 will be offered to local charities via a ballot system which launches today on the Isle of Wight Festival website. Organisations can apply up until 27th March with a brief explanation of what they intend to do with the tickets for the benefit of their charity.
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 – over £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,
John Giddings said:
“We endeavour to give as much as possible back to the island year on year and bring the community closer to the festival and we hope this will continue the great success we have had working with charities both local and national in previous years. I look forward to seeing what charities plan to do with the donated tickets!”
The Isle of Wight Festival takes place 11-14 June at Seaclose Park, www.isleofwightfestival.com.