HYF Launches 2020 Friends Scheme to Support Free Youth Festival Ethos

HYF Friends scheme is an important source of funding for the Henley Youth Festival. Every donation, however small, helps uphold HYF’s ethos of being a free festival for every child aged 4-18 living or at school in Henley.

The scheme enables individuals to financially support the work of the festival. All the money raised goes directly into funding its free of charge events and activities, which were enjoyed by more than 2,000 local children and young people in 2019.

The Henley Youth Festival provides a unique experience that brings the whole community together through a programme of workshops, competitions and educational events to nurture talent and grow confidence in the visual arts, performing arts, science and sport.

Many young people get involved independently, but often their first taste of the Henley Youth Festival is as a young child taking part in an HYF workshop at a local participating primary school.

The HYF Friends scheme ensures the festival can continue to offer free and inspiring activities that so far have been enjoyed by generations of Henley families for more than 26 years. Friends also feel they are part of something special as Liz Deacon, HYF Fundraising and Sponsorship Co-ordinator explains:

“The joy of becoming an HYF Friend is knowing that your support helps us to continue to offer this amazing festival enriching the lives of so many young people in Henley irrespective of parental input or family background.”

“We rely on Friends donations as much as we do sponsors and are incredibly grateful for all the community support we receive.”

Join the 2020 HYF Friend scheme
Becoming an HYF Friend costs a minimum donation of £25. All Friends receive an HYF Newsletter and an invite to an exclusive drinks reception. Individuals giving £50 or more also receive a free ticket to an HYF show at the Kenton Theatre.

This year’s drinks reception will be held at Hotel du Vin on 14th March and is sponsored by Hallmark Care Homes who have just opened the new Henley Manor Care Home on Mill Lane.

To sign-up visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charityweb/charity/finalCharityHomepage.action?charityId=1018708

Each year it costs in excess of £28,000 to put on the festival – funded by the generosity of HYF Friends and sponsor donations; and made possible by local partners who continue to give their venue, people and time to ensure the festival happens in and around town.

In 2019 the HYF team provided 14 festival days, 7 events and 4 competitions with 3 prize-givings and 2 exhibitions. They delivered 140 workshop activity hours and 2,900 primary school workshop places at 16 participating schools. 310 performers took part including 145 musicians, 80 singers and 75 dancers aged 4 to 18 and 220 young racers from Reception to Year 11 turned out for the ever-popular HYF RUN.

The 2020 Oceans themed Henley Youth Festival takes place from 7th – 15th March. More information at www.hyf.org.uk

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