CarFest was created in 2012 by Chris Evans with the sole purpose of raising money for our charity partners.

Over the past 12 years, we’ve raised millions of pounds for UK charities and with your incredible support we are well on the way to raising even more this year!


In 2024 we will continue to raise funds for our charity partners…

This year we will be raising funds for our magnificent charities… BBC Children in Need, Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, My Black Dog, Rainbow Trust, Starlight Children’s Foundation, Teenage Cancer Trust and Young Epilepsy. We will also be supporting local Hampshire based hospice Naomi House & Jacksplace as well as a number of other hugely deserving charities…

Over the past 12 years, we’ve raised millions of pounds for UK charities and with your incredible support we are well on the way to raising even more this year! Remember a percentage of the ticket price is automatically donated to our charity partners. You can also donate by clicking on our ‘Donate Now’ button to make a contribution to our partner charities today. Keep an eye out for more news about how you can get involved by signing up to our newsletter.

And remember that a percentage of the face value of every ticket purchased for CarFest goes straight to our partner charities!

In 2024 funds raised through CarFest tickets sales will continue to be donated to our charity partners:


Will go to

BBC Children in Need*


Will go to each of the following:

Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, My Black Dog, Rainbow Trust, Starlight Children’s Foundation, Teenage Cancer Trust and Young Epilepsy


To be distributed to

Other Charities


Will go to

Naomi House & Jacksplace

Solicitation Statement:

Funds raised by CarFest in 2024, as well as a guaranteed percentage of the price of each ticket will be donated to our charity partners:

BBC Children in Need (a charity registered in England and Wales under number 802052 and in Scotland under number SC039557) will receive 50% of the total funds raised.

The following six charities will each receive 7% of the total funds raised:

- Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust (Registered Charity No.1096491 in England & Wales and. SCO44013 in Scotland)
- Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity (Registered Charity No.1070532)
- Starlight Children’s Foundation (Registered Charity No.296058 in England & Wales and SC047600 in Scotland)
- Teenage Cancer Trust (Registered Charity No.1062559 in England & Wales and SC039757 in Scotland)
- My Black Dog (Registered Charity No. 1182690)
- Young Epilepsy (Registered Charity No. 311877 (England and Wales)

The remaining 6% will be donated to a number of other charities that will be confirmed over the coming months, including charities local to CarFest.


Children In Need

BBC Children in Need’s mission is to help ensure every child in the UK is safe, happy, secure and has the opportunities they need to reach their potential.

We raise money both throughout the year and in our annual November appeal which is put to work where it’s needed most. We fund local charities and projects who help remove the barriers that are facing children and young people, so that they can thrive.

We work closely with a whole range of organisations so we can understand where the need is greatest, ensuring the money you raise goes to supporting the young people that need us most.

We fund over 3,900 local charities and projects which directly support children and young people in communities right across the UK.

We support children and young affected by a whole range of disadvantages such as poverty, disability, illness, distress or trauma. We also work with a range of partners to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing the UK’s children and young people today, including: mental health and wellbeing, violence impacting young people, child sexual exploitation, holiday hunger; access to employment, and social injustice.

Ellen Macarthur Cancer Trust

The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust uses sailing and outdoor adventures to inspire young people aged 8-24 living through and beyond cancer to believe in a brighter future. For many young people, simply picking up where they left off before their diagnosis just isn’t possible. So, when treatment ends, the Trust’s work begins.

The friendships they make, the acceptance they find, boundaries they push, independence they gain, and the skills they learn help every young person discover what they are capable of again and stop feeling like 'the only one'.

Any young person who has been treated for cancer from across the UK can join the Trust for a transformational four-day sailing experience from Cowes on the Isle of Wight or Largs on Scotland’s West Coast. Many young people need support over time too, so once a young person has been sailing with the charity, they can return for more sailing or outdoor adventures.

Because of the Trust, young people start to re-establish their purpose and place in the world, they feel their mental wellbeing improve, and they are inspired to believe in a brighter future.

My Black Dog

My Black Dog is a peer to peer support service for people struggling with their mental health. All of our volunteers have had their own battles with mental health and understand what you are going through. We are online every day and you can talk with our volunteers through our chat function.

Talking about your mental health is hard. Perhaps you think “it’s not that serious” or “I’m fine”, perhaps seeing a GP or counsellor feels too overwhelming. Some people can’t open up to friends and family because they are worried about hurting them, or burdening them, sometimes they are scared of being judged.

Every person involved in our charity has been through debilitating mental health and have managed to find the light at the end of the tunnel. Empathy is incredibly powerful, for those people who feel alone and unable to reach out, talking with someone who understands can be a huge relief, and knowing you are not alone, that it’s ok to talk, is the first step in finding a path through the darkness. Real people. Real experiences. Zero judgement.

My Black Dog: When you don’t know who to talk to, talk to someone who gets it

Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity

Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity provides bespoke support for families who have a child with a serious illness. Rainbow Trust pairs each family with an expert Family Support Worker who enables them to make the most of their time together, giving them practical and emotional support, whenever they need it, for as long as they need it. We offer the whole family support, regardless of diagnosis and support is hugely varied depending on the needs of the family. Our Family Support Workers provide a lifeline to these families and children.


Starlight is the UK’s leading charity for children’s play in hospitals and hospices. Evidence shows that play has the power to reduce fear, pain and trauma during treatment and recovery from illness – boosting mental and physical health and resilience. We work to ensure every child has the opportunity, space and time to experience play. We also undertake research and campaign to ensure children’s right to play is protected and provided for. This means campaigning for more and better, fully funded play services and play practitioners to be recognised and embedded within the NHS.

Teenage Cancer Trust

Every day, seven young people aged 13-24 hear the words “you have cancer”. Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to providing the specialised nursing care and support they need to get through it.

Cancer doesn’t just devastate a young person’s health. It threatens to take away everything they care about – their identity, their independence, and their dreams.

Teenage Cancer Trust makes sure young people have someone in their corner right from the start. We fund specialist nurses, youth support teams and hospital units within the NHS to provide the very best care and support during treatment and beyond, making sure cancer doesn’t stop young people living their lives.

Cancer won’t stop for anything, and neither will we.

Please visit to find out more or to donate please visit

Teenage Cancer Trust is a registered charity: 1062559 (England & Wales), SC039757 (Scotland).

Young Epilepsy

Epilepsy in childhood can be frightening, isolating and is often misunderstood. We stand up for children and young people with epilepsy. We campaign for children’s rights. We provide innovative tools, information, and practical support for living everyday life. We coordinate world renowned research into the causes and treatments of epilepsy and deliver cutting edge health services.

You can help create a society in which children and young people with epilepsy thrive.

Together we create possible.

Naomi House & Jacksplace

Naomi House & Jacksplace are hospices providing vital respite, end of life care and bereavement support to life-limited and life-threatened children, young adults and families from across central southern England,

Naomi House’s care team provides specialist care that helps to enhance short lives and allows over 550 families to make the most of their precious time with their children.

Jacksplace is the only hospice in the south of England that offers care, support, independence, empowerment and dignity for life limited and life threatened young adults.

Naomi House & Jacksplace are there for families on good days, difficult days and last days.


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