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As an event we have always offered local charities the opportunity to benefit from a presence at our festival. Over the last 10 years our festival charity was The Joe Glover Trust.  In 2019 The Joe Glover Trust closed its doors and handed its funds over to ABBY’S HEROES.  The Watercress Festival Committee were delighted to develop our relationship and agreed to continue supporting them. 
Sadly since then we have been unable to offer them the opportunity to “shake the bucket” at a live event. So we have set up this page for those of you who may feel able to make a small donation to this worthwhile cause. 

Our Festival Charity

Abbys Heroes

Abby’s Heroes, a local Hampshire based children’s cancer charity, exists because when a child is diagnosed with cancer, it has a massive financial impact as often parents need to give up work or take unpaid leave to care for their sick child. To assist, Abby’s Heroes supports families by providing grants to help relieve the financial crisis parents find themselves facing as a result of their child’s diagnosis. These grants can be for a host of reasons such as rent or mortgage payments, household bills and other everyday living costs while the child is in hospital, additional travel costs to hospital or sadly help towards funeral costs.

You will be helping us help a child, or their family as day to day life doesn’t stop with a cancer diagnosis. Sadly, in the UK, one child in 500 will develop some form of cancer by the age of 14 years and treatment can be required for months, and more often years. For further information, please go to www.abbysheroes.org

Community & Local Groups

Many local groups have benefitted in the past from a donation following the festival as a "Thank You" for the volunteers or space they provide. Again for two years we have been unable to make these contributions, but we would remind visitors to our site that these Associations/Clubs/Groups could all still benefit from any donation if you are so inclined. 

Some of the many community groups are listed below.


In the last ten years, over £100,000 has been put back
into the local community