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22 UK festivals raise funds for Calais refugees

Bestival, Green Man, Womad and Secret Garden Party are among the festivals who will give away free tickets to donors to Aid Box Convoy

By IQ on 03 Feb 2016

Ultimate Festival Free Prize Draw, Aid Box Convoy

Twenty-two independent British music festivals have joined forces to raise funds for refugees in northern France.

Anyone who donates at least £5 to the ‘Ultimate Festival Free Prize Draw!‘ campaign on crowdfunding site Fundsurfer will be entered into a prize draw to win a pair of tickets to one of the participating festivals.

The 22 festivals are The Beat-Herder, Beautiful Days, Bestival, Boomtown, Camp Bestival, Dimensions, Eden, Forgotten Fields, Green Man Festival, Kendal Calling, Larmer Tree, Love International, Love Saves the Day, Noisily, Nozstock, Outlook, Secret Garden Party, Shambala, Soundwave, Sunfall, Tokyo World and Womad. The Green Gathering has also expressed an interest in participating.

The bulk of the funds raised will go towards Bristol-based Aid Box Convoy, which has been working with Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) throughout the winter to help thousands of migrants in what it calls “one of the worst [refugee] camps in the region”.

“We are absolutely delighted to have this support from 22 of the UK’s leading festivals, and could not have asked for a better platform to raise awareness of the humanitarian crisis happening on our doorstep,” says Aid Box Convoy’s Imogen McIntosh. “It is support like this that not only will raise much needed funds but also has the potential to trigger support from a large number of the UK population.”

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