Last year, ValeFest raised almost £40,000 for our charities Sifa Fireside and ShelterBox.
This year we are raising money for three awesome charities - St Basils, Sense and Kids Adventure!
As this is ValeFest’s 15th year we thought we would celebrate all things Birmingham, and our charities are no exception.
St Basils is a Birmingham based charity that helps over 5000 young people from the ages of 16-25 that are either homeless or at risk of homelessness, every year across the West Midlands. We are thrilled to work with a charity that invests in people who are the same age as our organisers and most of our festival goers.
Kids Adventure is a University of Birmingham student-led charity that fundraises money so that underprivileged, disadvantaged children in the local area get to go on exciting non-residential adventure holidays as well as receiving support and advice from a student volunteer. Not only do the children have an amazing time doing activities like swimming, visiting the zoo, cinema trips and rock climbing, the student volunteers also benefit by gaining invaluable work experience.
The final charity ValeFest 2019 will be supporting is Sense - connecting sight, sound and life. Sense is a charity that supports people with complex disabilities including deafblindness to communicate and experience the world enabling them to enjoy more independent lives! Sense is a charity very close to our hearts and very close to UoB with a state-of-the-art centre for the community right in Selly Oak.
We are very excited to be working with all three of these special charities and hope to make as much of a difference as we can!