GLOBAL Gathering raised £21,250 this year for charities in South Warwickshire, the organisers have revealed.
The dance music festival, which attracted 50,000 people to Long Marston Airfield back in July, raises money for charity through VIP tickets and discount tickets to residents.
Last Friday, the organisers presented cheques to 25 local projects including charities like The Shakespeare Hospice and Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, community groups like Shipston Rugby Club, and good causes like Warwickshire Country Parks.
GlobalGathering Managing Director, Gary Turner, said: “It has always been an important ethos for the GlobalGathering team to give back to the local communities and charities.”
Back in 2006, local councillor Mike Brain (Cons, Quinton) set up a relationship with the festival.
Since then a total of £310,000 has been raised for charity, and this year’s record amount surpassed last year’s total of £16,000.
The money raised is generated by the residents’ tickets, sold to locals in the surrounding villages at a discount price of £40.
There was controversy this year when they sold out for the first time, despite the festival increasing the number available from 800 to 1,200.
Cllr Brain, who helps give out the tickets on the two days before Global Gathering, said this was because a lot of the tickets were getting into the wrong hands.
“When you see 80-year-olds turning up with two young lads you know that is the two young lads going, not the 80-year-old,” he said. He promised a change in the system next year.
“I think as a result of what happened in this year and previous years we know people are trying to deceive us, so we will look at ways of trying to stop that.
“We are going to change it to have a fairer system, making sure the right people have the right tickets. We don’t want people coming from Birmingham persuading elderly people to go down and pick them up some tickets.”
Despite the controversy, the money raised from those tickets is now being ploughed back into the area.
Mr Turner said: “Following our close work with Councillor Brain we are delighted to be able to donate a record amount to so many fantastic causes this year and will continue to support the local area, community and charities in years to come.”
Donations have gone towards public defibrillators, improvements to community buildings and community shops, local community groups, local churches, open space projects, youth and children's facilities, local primary school facilities, and local sports clubs.
Cllr Brain said: “Some of those charities are reliant on this little bit of money. It is a good relationship we have with Global Gathering now.”
Full list of local charities given money by Global Gathering
Meon Community First Responders Scheme - £5,000
To replace rotten storage shed at Welford School - £1,700
Clifford Defibrillator Fund - £1,000
Long Marston Open Space project - £1,000
Purchase of greenhouse for Pebworth First School - £1000
Poppin Community Shop - £1,000
Quinton School Nature Walk - £1,000
Footpath Signage at Cutlin Mill in Atherstone-on-Stour - £1,000
The Shakespeare Hospice - £750
Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance - £750
Guide Dogs for the Blind - £750
Welford Defibrillator Fund - £500
Quinton Village Hall cinema screen - £500
Quinton Nosh & Natter senior citizens group - £500
Weston Church Restoration Fund - £500
New gate for St James the Great Church - £500
Long Marston Village Hall Refurbishment fund - £500
Bench for Quinton Recreation ground - £500
Quinton Youth Club - £500
St Swithen's Church ongoing refurbishment - £500
Pebworth Village Hall Stage Refurbishment fund - £500
Equipment for Quinton Toddlers & Tots - £350
Garden Project for Quinton Cygnets - £350
New fridge for 1st Welford Scout Group - £300
Children’s Kwick Start equipment for Quinton Cricket Club - £300
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