Carling Weekend - Leeds Festival 2005

26 August 2005 - 28 August 2005

Leeds Festival raises £20 000 for local hospice

25 November 2005
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In support of a council initiative to reduce congestion in the city, Leeds Festival offered its visitors a low impact option of getting to and from the festival this year, which also raised funds for a childrens' hospice.

Festival organisers Mean Fiddler teamed up with local coach firm Geldards, who were able to offer the cheapest fare and donate proceeds to Martin House, Yorkshire’s first hospice for children with a short life expectancy and their parents. Fifty pence from each single ticket and £1 from each return ticket purchased over the weekend was donated to raise a total of £10,000. In addition Mean Fiddler pledged a further donation of £10,000 to the charity.

Brenda Peel and Stewart Andrew from Martin House were today presented with these donations by MD of Mean Fiddler Melvin Benn and Terry Geldard and Marie Henderson from Geldards Coaches at Bramham Park, the home of The Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival.

Stewart Andrew from Martin House said of the donation:

This year fundraising has been especially difficult due to so many demands on the public and as we’ve got to raise £3.6million every penny counts and this is a wonderful donation that we are delighted to receive.”

Mean Fiddler Managing Director, Melvin Benn said of their matching donation:

Geldard’s made a monumental effort this year to benefit Yorkshire’s only children’s hospice and we felt that it was important to recognise that. We are delighted to match Geldard’s generous donation and to focus attention on the difficult work done by the staff of St. Martin’s.”

You can help St.Martin’s directly and find out more by going to their website at

This year’s Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival saw 30% of the audience use the shuttle buses from Leeds city centre to and from the site, way above the national average for such journeys (airports receive 2% of their customers by public transport) and Mean Fiddler would like to thank all festival goers for recognising the ‘green’ message of the festival and showing support for Mean Fiddler’s attempts to have as little environmental impact as possible throughout the weekend.



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