Manchester’s leading music festival raised funds for the Super Josh Brain Tumour Charity plus the Parklife Community Trust Fund, as well as via various charity auctions and raffles.
One month after their eighth festival edition, organisers of Manchester’s Parklife are proud to announce that they’ve raised a total of £75,164.50 for charity this year.
Beneficiaries of this total include the Parklife Community Trust Fund which aims to nurture projects within the local neighbourhood, with a total of £44,141 raised. The SuperJosh Brain Tumour Charity – which festival director Sacha Lord is a patron for – raised an impressive £26,023 via donations from festival goers and bar staff. An additional £5,000 accounts for festival tickets that were donated to various charities for raffles and auctions.
Having taken place on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June, Parklife is Manchester’s biggest music event. The 2017 charity donation equates to a 153% increase on last year’s figure of just under £30,000.
With 2017 marking its biggest year yet, the festival has called Heaton Park its home for five years now and makes a significant financial contribution, which is ploughed back into the park. Parklife brings in over £9m to the Greater Manchester economy – £6m spent by the audience on hotels, taxis, cafes, shops, bars etc and more than £3m spent directly by the festival on local staff, suppliers, sub-contractors and artists.
Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Luthfur Rahman, said: “This fantastic contribution to the Parklife Community Trust Fund will empower community groups to take forward important projects which will make a real difference to their local area. We will continue to work very closely with Parklife and residents to ensure that projects in north Manchester benefit from the economic boost provided by this major annual event.”
Cllr Alan Quinn, Bury Council’s cabinet member for the environment, said: “As Parklife will be using Heaton Park for the foreseeable future I thought it was important that Prestwich got something tangible from the concerts. Last year they donated £5,000 to local groups and charities in Prestwich. This year the figure is £22,000 and this fantastic amount of money gives real opportunities for community groups to benefit. This donation from Parklife will be of real help to Prestwich good causes.”
The festival will return to Heaton Park on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June 2018.
Tickets for Parklife Festival 2018 available here: https://parklife.frontgatetickets.com