Festival Angels’ boost to charities

Festival Angels at work in the Lost Property/Left Luggage tent.
Festival Angels at work in the Lost Property/Left Luggage tent.
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A total of 24 charities are to benefit from the Festival Angels’ left luggage facility at Leeds Festival.

Charities, chosen by Festival Angel volunteers, are set to receive £220 each from the £5,000 raised through left luggage at this year’s event in Bramham Park.

Coordinator of Leeds Festival Angels, Reverend Andy Nicholson, said: “It is fantastic that the left luggage facility has raised £5,000 which we are then able to distribute to worthy causes across the region.

“The Festival Angel volunteers have nominated the charities chosen and many of them have a personal connection with the charity.”

The charities which will benefit include St George’s Crypt, Leeds; Simon On The Streets; St Luke’s CARES/Shine Project; Martin House children’s hospice in Boston Spa; Leeds Street Angels and Leeds Samaritans.

The Meeting Point Cafe; the Piece Hall Trust, Halifax; Youth for Christ Calderdale; and Alzheimer’s Society are also among those which will benefit.

Festival Angels was established in 2011 and volunteers are now a regular feature at the Leeds Festival.

The group began as a cafe run by volunteers from the local church in Thorner.

This year 160 volunteers ran the Lost Property and Left Luggage tent as well as a Prayer Cafe and detached teams who patrolled across the festival site.

The aim of Festival Angels is to offer a Christian presence and expressions of Christian service to all those attending and working at the Leeds Festival. Similar schemes also run at Reading Festival, MoFest and V Festival.

For more information on the work of Festival Angels and to apply as a volunteer in 2018 visit www.leedsfestivalangels.org.uk.