style acre dorchester festival

An important objective of our Festival is to raise money for a local charity, and, so far, we have enjoyed partnerships with Helen & Douglas House, Seesaw, Footsteps, SpecialEffect! PACT,  Sue Ryder Nettlebed and Style Acre raising over £200,000.  In 2019 the charity share of our profit was £25,000 .

We share half of our profits with the Festival charity and in return they help us to promote the Festival to their supporters, supply volunteers to sell raffle tickets through the week and find some auction prizes, events or perhaps famous faces that they have contact with.

Here are the criteria we use to choose our charity.  They must:

  • be local;
  • be large enough to help – patrons/prizes/sponsorship/events
  • be small enough to care (an annual fundraising target of about £100,000);
  • directly deliver, not through a third party;
  • be easy to explain to people;
  • family and/or child focused.

If you would like to apply to be our charity in the future, please do contact us using the email address in the footer.  We would love to hear from you!

We usually start to look at charity applications about 1 year before the next Festival.

For 2022 we are delighted to partner with Daybreak who provide essential respite day care for people with dementia.

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