2019 was a vintage year for Truck Festival. The sellout event, basked by the glorious UK sunshine, welcomed back Oxford’s finest in Foals, who first performed at Hill Farm back in 2007 – plus a whole host of other fantastic acts including Wolf Alice, Two Door Cinema Club, Slaves, Lewis Capaldi and many more. And now, Truck can reveal it raised a record breaking £103,000 for charity, smashing 2018’s figure by £30,000!
Each year, Truck works alongside the local community to raise vital funds for Oxford-based charities as well as those internationally. The money goes towards a number of different causes, from covering the cost of the Darby & Joan Club’s (the village social group for seniors) Christmas dinner to the Steventon Church Bell Fund Appeal, with Truck making a substantial contribution to having the bells rehung.
The majority of this figure was raised by the numerous charities that work in the Feel Good Food Tent, which brought in an amazing £89,000. These food stalls, which help cater the event with a delicious assortment of food and drinks, are run by volunteers and donate 100% of its profits to charity.
It now means that Truck Festival has raised over £350,000 for local, national and international charities in the past six years. Speaking on Truck’s increasing success, farmer Richard Binning said: The charities that have raised money at Truck include Steventon Church and Preschool to 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 – Truck Festival is one of the major fundraising events for this project."
Festival organiser, Conor Burns, also added: “Supporting charities has always been at the centre of Truck since the beginning; 2019 was an unforgettable year and to raise over £100,000, it's amazing. Truck is one of a kind and we're full steam ahead for 2020.”
See full list and further information about the charities helped by 2019’s event below:
Batemans Trust https://www.batemans.org.uk/
Footsteps Foundation https://www.footstepscentre.com/footsteps-foundation/
Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust https://www.gwct.org.uk/
Helen & Douglas House https://www.helenanddouglas.org.uk/
Newbury Riding for the Disabled https://www.newburyrda.co.uk/
Oxford Hospital Charity https://www.ouh.nhs.uk/charity/
Royal British legion https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/
Severn Hospice https://www.severnhospice.org.uk/
Steventon Darby & Joan Club - http://www.steventon.info/
Truck Festival 2020 will take place on 31st July – 2nd August.
Tickets are back on sale from 27th Jan, available from https://truckfestival.com/tickets/.