6th – 8th September 2024

Busfest Charity Auction

Located at the Dance Stage Area (main street) Saturday 14:00

The Busfest community is passionate about helping others and using our time and resources to promote and donate to charities whenever and wherever we can. Every year at Busfest we support several charities very close to our hearts, both through our charity auction and having several stands at our event dedicated to them.
If you are attending our event either as a trader or day/weekend visitor we encourage you to attend the Charity Auction held at 2pm on Main Street by the Dance Stage Area (near to information) and help in whatever small way to give to those less fortunate. Card machines will be available for those who have already spent their cash at the trade stalls.
Our chosen charity for the suction this year is Vans Without Borders. Guide Dogs will also be in attendance at the event with the visually impaired morris dancers group SoXsighted.

SoXsighted will be performing outside the Information Centre on Saturday

How do I get involved?

If you are a trader attending the event we would be so grateful if you would kindly donate any item/s you wish to the charity auction to be auctioned off on Saturday.
If you are a camping/day visitor we would love for you to attend the auction and either participate or just donate whatever you wish to our chosen charity. We also welcome donations to the charity auction from anyone attending so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Who are Vans Without Borders?

Vans Without Borders is a charity focused on sending relief and supplies to those affected in Ukraine. They are putting their lives on the line each day to bring much needed food, water, clothing and so much more to those in need and we are proud to support them. Vans Without Borders is run the amazing Jack Ross who has been making Humanitarian Aid trips to Ukraine since the very beginning to help the people still caught up in the conflict and need as much support as they can get to be able to continue doing this.

At Busfest 2023 we raised just under £3300 for Vans Without Borders

Will Guide Dogs be at Busfest again this year?

Of course! The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association have been regular attendees at Busfest for a number of years and we’re very pleased to say we have raised enough money for not one but two guide dogs – Buster & Malvern.

Almost two million people in the UK are living with sight loss that has a significant impact on their daily lives. By 2050, there could be nearly four million. When someone loses their sight – Guide Dogs is here to make sure they don’t lose their freedom as well.

SoXsighted will be with us again this year performing outside the Information Centre 11:00 – 12:00 on Saturday along with some Guide Dogs. SoXsignted are a morris dancer group comprised of people who are visually impaired and they put on a wonderful performance, we encourage you all to watch them perform and if you have some spare change for their buckets we’ll get even closer to funding a third guide dog. They will also have a trade stand at the event where they will have various items such as calendars for sale so if you miss their performance please feel free to pay them a visit.

Guide Dogs is a working name of The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.
Registered Office: Hillfields, Burghfield Common, Reading, Berkshire RG7 3YG. A company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (291646) and a charity registered in England and Wales (209617) and Scotland (SC038979) for the Blind Association.

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