Tuesday 27th March 2018

West Midlands

 

Truck Festival has taken place at the Binning family farm in Steventon since 1998, with most of the catering being done to raise money for various different charities in return for the festival using the fields. In 2016 and 2017 Clare, their daughter and Sophie their grand-daughter, ran the café to raise funds for Teenage Cancer Trust as two friends had children, Phoebe and George, who had been helped by Teenage Cancer Trust the previous year.

In 2016 after 3 days an amazing £8,027.91 was raised in profit. Clare said

It was hard work with the café open 7am -2am each day but also fun and the atmosphere at the festival was amazing. I'm still tidying and putting away everything!

Truck Festival 2017 was the wettest in recent memory with almost 36 hours of continuous rain and epic levels of mud. Amazingly, in spite of the weather, the total for 2017 was £8,697.58. The café would not have been as successful without the volunteers and their hard work. Over 40 volunteers gave their time freely and brought their sense of humour along when it became a mud bath! In addition, it was great to have George and his sister Izzy as part of the core team of volunteers over the weekend. Thanks must also go to Cafepod who helped by donating their coffee pods, The Old Farmhouse Bakery in Steventon who once again donated their wonderful Chelsea buns and Cook Oxford who gave a charity discount on their cakes.

We are very proud of our association with Teenage Cancer Trust and have loved raising money for such a good cause. It was very inspiring to have George and his sister volunteering at the café this year.

Pippa MacBain, Local Fundraising Coordinator said

We are very grateful to Clare, Sophie, George and his family, all the volunteers, the Binning family and everyone involved in raising such a significant amount for Teenage Cancer Trust. The generosity of so many will help to take us a step closer to our goal of being there for every young person with cancer.