A ROCK festival near Didcot has raised more than £120,000 this year for 10 different local charities.

Truck Festival, which is an annual music event that takes place at Hill Farm around July, raised the funds through its ‘Truck in the Community’ initiative.

The initiative covers a range of fundraising and work opportunities provided by the festival. Mor than £100,000 of the total came from the festival’s Feel Good Food Tent, which will be divided between 10 local charities to help them with their work within the Oxfordshire community.

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An additional £20,000 was raised through on-site fundraising for the ‘Truck Trust’, which was launched this year to grow the festival’s annual fundraising and charitable donations.  

It will be given to 26 Oxfordshire charities including Be Free Young Carers, Oxfordshire Wildlife Rescue, Orchard Counselling and My Life My Choice.

Sabiene North, CEO Be Free Young Carers, said: “Truck Festival has always been a loyal supporter to us and we were delighted to have been supported this year.

“They have given our young carers, and their families, the opportunity of a lifetime to attend an event that wouldn’t normally be available to them.”

Ahead of the event, more than £60,000 worth of festival tickets were donated to the ‘Tickets For Good’ scheme, where NHS workers were given the opportunity to enter a ballot for free tickets to the event.

Truck Festival also teamed up with the pupils from the local St Michaels C of E Primary School and tasked students with drawing portraits of the 2022 line up which were then printed onto tea towels and sold at the event.

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This raised £500 which were donated to the school alongside a signed version of the tea towel.

Additionally, the annual ‘Apply To Play’ scheme allowed for 32 slots across the weekend to be given to new and emerging talent.

The festival has since recognised for their impact on the local community at the 2022 UK Festival Awards. Alongside nominations for Marketing Campaign Of The Year and Best Medium-Sized Festival, it is also up for the Sarah Nulty Community Impact Award.

Truck Festival 2023 will take place from July 21st to 23rd.

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The full list of charities supported by the Truck Trust are:

Aspire Oxfordshire

GroW Families

Arts at the Old Fire Station

Maggie's Oxford

Be Free Young Carers

Bass Therapy

Didcot Barramundi Swimming Club

An Angel of Gracie Charity


Style Acre

Life Education Wessex & Thames Valley

Oxfordshire Wildlife Rescue


Steventon Darby & Joan Club

Orchard Counselling

Hagbourne and Wallingford Young Pianists


OYAP Trust

Abingdon Music Centre Trust




Yellow Submarine Holidays

My Life My Choice

Abingdon Youth FC U15 Girls

Oxfordshire Elite Girls Football Team


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This story was written by Gee Harland. She joined the team in 2022 as a senior multimedia reporter.

Gee covers Wallingford, Wantage and Didcot.

Get in touch with her by emailing: Gee.harland@newsquest.co.uk

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