Posted on 24th January 2019
We are proud to be a part of Portsmouth and love being able to make a contribution to awesome local charities. We are thrilled to have raised more than £26,500 for several local charities from the 2018 event bringing the grand total to date to over £182,000.
The closest residents to the festival site are asked to nominate and decide who will benefit from each year’s donations. This year the chosen charities include Arms Around The Child, Friend Finder, Global Make Some Noise, The Elizabeth Foundation, Active Communities Network, The Roberts Center, Portsmouth RNLI, D-Day Landing Craft and Southsea Rock Gardens.
Festival Director, James Ralls explained;
“We want to continue to engage and support our community, not only by involving the public in the event itself, but to enrich the local area with contributions in the form of continued charitable donations and the sharing of resources. Portsmouth is our home and being able to contribute this way is extremely important to both myself and the rest of the Victorious Team”
Friend Finder Official, a charity that helps children and young people aged 5-25 with a chronic illness or disability come together to make friends, is one of the local charities receiving a donation. 17-year-old founder Lewis Hine explained what they will be using the donation for;
“If it wasn’t cool enough already to be able to go to Victorious and have fun now our charity Friend Finder Official gets to benefit from it too with this very generous donation that’s just brilliant!
The money will go towards creating a new look website making it easier and more accessible for disabled and chronically sick children to use. This money is going to make a massive difference. Thank you, Victorious and we can’t wait for this year!’
Victorious takes place on Southsea Seafront, making the Portsmouth RNLI a charity that is particularly close to home. Press Officer Aaron Gent said;
“We’re all volunteers at Portsmouth lifeboat station and we are incredibly grateful that an event such as Victorious would choose to support us with our work. This donation will help us continue saving lives at sea and help our lifeguards to patrol the busy Southsea beaches”
While Leigh park-based charity, Active Communities Network has stated they are looking forward to using the charitable contribution to further assist local youth. Head of Programmes, Julian Wadsworth MBE has said;
“This exciting and unexpected contribution will help us to increase the work with young people, aged 8-19 within the Central and South localities of Portsmouth, including structured positive activities, social action, personal & social development, accredited training and work readiness opportunities”
While the majority of chosen charities have local roots, the reach of their work is widespread and impacts many different sectors of society. Victorious’ donations will assist in furthering these important charities missions. We are proud of our Portsmouth roots and look forward to contributing to elected charities year on year.