CHARITY donations received a huge boost thanks to international pop superstar James Blunt.
The singer’s appearance at the Wickham Festival was a sell-out and has seen thousands of pounds donated to Two Saints, which helps homeless and vulnerable people, as it was the festival’s nominated charity.
Two Saints receive a percentage of T-shirt and programme sales, guest ticket revenue as well as on-site donations.
As this year’s festival, which was held on Thursday, August 14 until Sunday, August 17, was the largest ever, with a 7,000 capacity, Two Saints received £4,432, more than twice last year’s total.
Festival organiser Peter Chegwyn said: ‘We are delighted we have been able to help such a worthwhile cause.
‘James Blunt’s appearance made a huge difference but he was also a delight to work with.
‘He was a really nice guy who took time to meet some of our stewards and staff who were supplied by Two Saints and he seemed genuinely interested in the charity and their work.’
Jamie Hutchison, from Two Saints, said: ‘We are extremely grateful to James Blunt and to the Wickham Festival for this donation which will make a big difference to us and to the homeless and vulnerable people we help.
‘As well as offering good quality accommodation or helping people to stay in their own homes, we also help people to develop skills to break the cycle of homelessness, poverty, and exclusion. That costs a lot of money so every donation makes a difference.’
Next year’s Wickham Festival will be a week earlier, from August 6 until 9, and those who book before September 8 can save £50 as well as having the chance to win a T-shirt signed by James Blunt. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.