Give !

Begfest is pleased to donate all its proceeds to worthy causes.  In most cases these are charities that reflect events that have affected Begfesters over the years.

Our Begfest 2018 charities were:

Teenage Cancer Trust

Teenage Cancer Trust – this was the second year we gave their quest, to ensure every child with cancer across our region receives specialised nursing care and support, our backing.


The OLLIE Foundation

In 2016, three parents who had all lost their teenage sons to suicide, vowed to do all they could to prevent other families suffering similar tragedies. And so The OLLIE Foundation was born.
The OLLIE Foundation (One Life Lost is Enough) is a registered charity funding suicide intervention skills training for adults working with young people. This training enables professionals to identify warning signs and provide a pathway to help combat suicidal thoughts.

Big Journeys Begin With Small Steps 

This is a very small local charity, begun eight years ago by Alison Watson, whose fourth child, Freya, was born with Down syndrome. Big Journeys Begin With Small Steps (Small Steps in short) now provides support to 40 local families and continues to grow.  Alison says “I want families to embrace and not fear Down syndrome. I want them to know and understand it’s not something to dread, be sad about or feel it’s end of the world kinda thing – something that society has led us to believe… it’s a beautiful journey. Not the one you expect when you’re expecting…. but one that is a million times more rewarding.”  The money BEGFEST raised went towards providing a specialist occupational therapist to come to Small Steps to help children cope with their sensory needs and helped pay for all the children and their siblings, parents and carers to enjoy a special day out without worrying about cost. Click the link below to find out more.

Small Steps

Donations to date 

Please see below a simple statement of nett funds raised over preceding Begfests.

This really needs no other statement other than to say very many thanks to all those who gave generously of their money, time or talent to make previous Begfest events such a monumental success. We couldn’t do it without you.

The Nett total charitable donations made by Begfest to date is a whopping:  

£ 36,560.11

– not including the 2010 total (which we still can’t bloody well remember), our running total is made up of the following donations:

2018: Total £ 8,400

£ 2,800 to Big Journeys Begin With Small Steps

£ 2,800 to The Ollie Foundation

£ 2,800 to Teenage Cancer Trust

2017: Total £ 8,000

£ 1,000 to East Anglian Air Ambulance

£ 3,000 to Papworth Hospital Charity

£ 4,000 to Teenage Cancer Trust

2016: Total £ 6,000

£ 2,000 to East Anglian Air Ambulance

£ 4,000 to ACT

2015: Total £ 5,388

£ 2,000 to East Anglian Air Ambulance

£ 1,250 to Thomas’ Fund

£ 2,000 to DEBRA

£ 138 to Wood Green – The Animals Charity

2014:      Total £ 3,250

£ 1,500 to MacMillan Care

£ 1,500 to Keech Hospice Care

£ 250 to 1st St Neots Scouts

2013:    Total £ 2,276.87

£ 1138.44 to MIND

£ 1138.44 to Keech Hospice Care

2012:    Total £ 1901.64                     

£ 950.82 to MIND

£ 950.82 to Dementia Research

2011:    Total £ 1343.70     

£ 1343.70 Samantha Dixon Brain Tumour Trust


Dammit we cant remember that far back….If anybody knows, please tell us !!!

£ xxx.xx to Cancer Research


Media Snippets…..



Picture right: Members of the BEGFEST Management Team present a Cheque for £4000 to Addenbrookes’ Radiotherapy Department. Left to right: Sue Rice, Gemma Chapman, Andy Girvan, Justin Fisher, Beth Davies.   Photo by Roz Carman

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