Our charity partners

In 2019, CarFest extended its support to four new UK Children’s charities: Teenage Cancer Trust, Ellen
MacArthur Cancer Trust, Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity and Starlight Children’s Foundation.

In 2019, the total funds raised was split as follows:

  • 50% BBC Children in Need
  • 10% Teenage Cancer Trust
  • 10% Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust
  • 10% Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity
  • 10% Starlight Children’s Foundation
  • 10% to a selection of charities associated with The Sun’s ‘Who Cares Wins’

In 2021 we will continue to raise funds for our charity partners… keep an eye out for more news about how you can get involved.

Our Partners

BBC Children in Need
BBC Children in Need’s vision is that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential. The charity realises this vision by supporting, promoting and publicising work that addresses the challenges that children, young people and their families face and which builds their skills and resilience. The charity is currently supporting over 2,800 projects in communities across the UK that are helping children and young people facing a huge range of disadvantages. Since CarFest’s inception in 2012, the festivals have raised an incredible £13.5 million to make a lasting and positive impact on the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.
Rainbow Trust

Money raised by fabulous CarFesters will help seriously ill children and their families. When serious illness affects a child, family life is turned upside down and time becomes more precious than ever. Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity pairs each family with a dedicated expert Family Support Worker. CarFesters will help families by funding Rainbow Trust Family Support Workers across England so they can provide practical and emotional support wherever and whenever a family needs it to help them face and make the most of each new day.

Teenage Cancer Trust

Every day seven young people aged 13-24 are diagnosed with cancer in the UK. Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity providing specialist nursing and emotional support to young people with cancer. Our life-changing care and support for young people before, during and after cancer provides young people with an opportunity to build their self-esteem and meet others living through the same experience. Working in partnership with the NHS, Teenage Cancer Trust has also funded and built 28 specialist units in hospitals across the UK that feel more like a home than a hospital ward.

Ellen Macarthur Cancer Trust

The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is a national charity that supports young people aged 8-24 to rebuild their confidence after cancer. Cancer recovery is as much about what happens after treatment as during. That’s why when treatment ends, the Trust’s work begins, as for many young people simply picking up where they left off before their diagnosis just isn’t possible.

Through sailing and outdoor adventure trips, young people can rebuild the confidence to get back into education and employment and to make new friends, all with the permission to have fun and enjoy being the young people they still are.


Starlight Children’s Foundation is the national children’s charity that exists to preserve childhood throughout serious illness. This is done through hospital play & distraction services, wish granting and Starlight Escapes. Access to play during serious illness is especially important as a contributor to successful treatment and healthy development. It enables children to grow and develop; and to experience childhood as it should be.