£15,000 loss due to festival’s cancellation Glastonbury charities predict.
Some of the charities that use Glastonbury Festival for major fundraising drives have opened on the financial impact of its cancellation, with one charity estimating it’s lost out on £15,000 of funding within the last two years.
It comes after the festival’s cancellation for the second year during a row was confirmed last month, due to ongoing concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking to SomersetLive, education charity SOS Africa said that the cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 festivals could cost the organisation the maximum amount as £15,000 in fundraising, but founder Dr Matt Crowcombe said the choice was “completely understandable”.
He said: “We were invited to hitch the festival’s litter picking crew back in 2013. annually SOS Africa recruits teams of 100 or more to clear the Pyramid Stage Field each morning of the festival.
“SOS Africa has received incredible support from Fiona and therefore the Recycling Crew Organisers since 2013. we’ve received great publicity on the festival website and our Shepton Mallet Charity Shop even receives lost property donations from the festival annually .
“SOS Africa has lost out on funding, though Fiona and her team went out of their thanks to raise extra funds for the charity’s supported, like by requesting donations and selling t-shirts from previous festivals. Last year SOS Africa’s own litter picking crew even raised £5000 to form up for funds lost after the cancellation of the festival.”
Crowcombe added: “We lost potentially around £15,000 [because of the cancellation], because of additional funds raised by the organisers and our litter picking crew last year.
“It may be a pity but completely understandable under the present circumstances. SOS Africa has also received an enormous influx of support from round the world throughout the coronavirus pandemic.”
Glastonbury Festival in 2019 (Picture: Getty)
Leading executives from both WaterAid and Oxfam – two of Glastonbury’s leading fundraisers – have also backed the choice to cancel the event in 2021.
Peter Haden, Oxfam’s chief support officer for engagement, said: “Obviously the cancellation comes at a difficult time for Oxfam and lots of other charities, but we glance forward to continuing to figure closely with Glastonbury and to being back on Worthy Farm next year. you’ll still support Oxfam and our vital work by shopping at our online shop or my making a donation on our website.”
Last month, Glastonbury founder Emily Eavis also moved to deny that Glastonbury could go bankrupt after the recent announcement that the festival has been cancelled for a second year during a row.