UK online retailer and growing name in the toy business, OnBuy is backing a popular rock festival set up to help lead the fight against children’s cancer.
Teddy Rocks Festival will take place from May 4 to May 6 at Charisworth Farm, Blandford in Dorset and is being headlined by Feeder and Ash.
OnBuy, one of the largest UK-owned online marketplaces, is now partnering with Teddy Rocks Festival, providing financial and commercial support to help grow the event and make 2018 its biggest fundraising year to date.
OnBuy is also working in close partnership with the Newton family, founders of the festival, by providing specialist online, commercial and design support for the event from its in-house team.
All proceeds from Teddy Rocks Festival go to the charity Teddy 20, which provides emotional and financial support to children and young people suffering and undergoing treatment for cancer.
Over the years, the charity has raised more than £250,000 and the Teddy Rocks Festival has been a significant part of the total, raising £167,000 in the past six years. The idea for a music festival was conceived in 2011 when the Newton family organised a gig in the restaurant of The Greyhound pub in Blandford, raising £400.
One year later, the first Teddy Rocks event was held at the Corn Exchange in Blandford, raising £2,500. The festival continue to grow and last year it raised £76,000 in 2017.
Leading the organisation of the festival, Tom Newton said: “Every year we ask businesses for their support by sending out letters across the region.
“Cas from OnBuy got in touch straight away and we had a meeting three days later. As a dad himself, he has a lot of life experience and his passion and enthusiasm for our cause really cam across.
“This is a significant partnership with OnBuy and it’s fair to say it means a lot to us. We try to cover every single cost of the event so that every penny raised through ticket sales can go to help children fighting cancer. We are incredibly grateful for OnBuy’s support and we hope with their backing we will be able to raise more money than ever.”
Cas Paton, managing director of OnBuy, said: “OnBuy is incredibly proud to be partnering with the festival and going beyond just a financial investment. We are supporting them with significant commercial advice to help drive revenues for the charity, strategy, merchandise design, manufacture, logistics and marketing support.
“We hope our support will allow is to grow even bigger and help more children fighting cancer.”