The last Glastonbury Festival raised over £3 million for charity

 The last Glastonbury Festival raised over £3 million for charity

Oxfam stewards smile for the camera in front of the Glastonbury sign.

Glastonbury have today revealed that the most recent festival in 2017 raised over £3 million for charity.

This is the most ever raised by any Glastonbury Festival, £2.35 million of which went to Oxfam, Greenpeace, and Water Aid.

A further £750,000 was given out to hundreds of smaller causes, including schools and Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament groups.

A spokesperson for Oxfam told TheFestivals:

“We are hugely grateful for the continuing, very generous, support of the Glastonbury Festival.  The money they have donated to Oxfam over the years has made an enormous difference to the fight against poverty.

“We are looking forward to working with them again and organising volunteer stewards for the Festival in 2019.”

Sara Medi Jones, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament spokesperson, told TheFestivals:

“With international nuclear treaties being torn up, and billions being spent on nuclear weapons here in Britain and abroad, this is a crucial time for CND and this money will make an enormous difference to our campaigns work.

“CND enjoys a long history of support from the Glastonbury Festival and we look forward to continuing to work together.”

Sian Lamprey, Special Events Project Manager at WaterAid, told TheFestivals:

“We are very grateful for the amazing support we have received over the years as a charity partner to Glastonbury Festival, and are looking forward to working with them again this year.

“The generous donations have helped us get clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene to even more people around the world.

“Our presence at the festival has also provided the opportunity to talk to people about the water and sanitation crisis and how our work is helping transform lives.”

Oxfam seating at Glastonbury
Image credit: Oxfam

In a statement, Glastonbury Festival organisers Michael and Emily Eavis said:

“We’re pleased to report that following the last Festival in 2017, Glastonbury Festival was able to distribute more than £3 million to good causes for the first time, in 2017/18.

“This included £2.35m to our three main supported organisations, Oxfam, Greenpeace and WaterAid. In addition over £750,000 was distributed between hundreds of worthy causes, both local and national, including schools, sports groups, CND groups, carnival clubs etc.

“We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who contributed by coming to the 2017 Festival and to all the incredible volunteers whose support and time make these donations possible.”

The first batch of tickets for Glastonbury 2019 sold out in 29 minutes before Christmas.

Greenpeace and WaterAid have been approached for comment.

Main image credit: Oxfam