Festival Charities

Our charity for 2017 is Richards Wish 

Richard Cridge was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in 2006 and underwent chemotherapy, but after 4 sessions his family were told that the cancer could not be cured. Richard underwent a further 22 sessions as well as radiotherapy, and drug trials. During all of this Richard never complained and packed his short life full of the things he enjoyed and will always be remembered for it.

Richard’s family set up the charity in his memory with the aim of raising the much needed funds to provide a child, teenager or young adult undergoing treatment for cancer with a wish. This wish can be anything they want and Richard’s Wish will do their absolute best to make this wish come true. We operate within Devon.


There will be many opportunities to donate to this worthwhile charity throughout the week. Richards Wish website.


In 2016 we had two Festival charities who each received £297.50

The Helen Foundation


The Helen Foundation is an arts charity (113860) launched in 2006 following the death, caused by a road accident, of Helen Kirk, a professional actor aged 24. The charity supports the artistic aspirations of young people aged 7-19 who live in Teignbridge. It provides arts-based workshops, individual bursaries, awards in schools and funding for special projects.    

 The Helen Foundation Website.


The Hedley Way Centre

Hedley Way Centre

The Hedley Way Centre is an important Dawlish social club for the over 60s.

Its delightful situation in the Manor Grounds unfortunately makes it vulnerable to vandalism, and its work has recently been seriously curtailed by this. The Festival Charity will enable it to install anti-vandal measures and upgrade its facilities for those it serves.

The Hedley Way Centre website.