Bestival organisers are delighted to announce that The Bestival Foundation, a brand new registered charity, has this week been launched with the aim of improving Isle of Wight life through a series of exciting and groundbreaking initiatives.

The Bestival Foundation initiatives will be funded by a variety of fundraising events. Its trustees include the four Bestival co-founders Rob & Josie da Bank, Ziggy Gilsenan & John Hughes.

The first of Bestival organiser & BBC Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank’s planned initiatives will see The Bestival Foundation work in conjunction with The Footprint Trust charity and fund a programme of education that will teach local Isle of Wight schoolchildren about water saving and help move local schools towards their eco-school goal.

As part of this initiative, The Bestival Foundation’s ‘Adopt A Bottle’ scheme will see every Island schoolchild aged Under 16 presented with a free Josie da Bank designed strong and fully recycled water bottle to adopt as their own within the next 3 years. The bottle is made from PIR recycling (post industrial recycling) – all the materials are by-products from other industrial processes.

Speaking about the launch of The Bestival Foundation, organiser of the multi award-winning Bestival and BBC Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank said today;

“We’re chuffed and proud to announce the creation of The Bestival Foundation as a way of giving something back to worthwhile causes. To kick off we’re focusing on a 3 year plan to support schools across the Isle of Wight giving young ‘uns a free recycled bottle to get them thinking about water saving and water usage, which is an important issue for the local Island community and beyond.”

In addition to the Adopt A Bottle scheme, local schools will have the opportunity to host free water-saving workshops where both staff and pupils will receive advice and assistance on methods of reducing water wastage (and consequently water bills!) both in school and at home. Carisbrooke Primary School, Newport will be the first school to be visited under this scheme later this month, whilst Hunnyhill, Brading and Bembridge Primary Schools have also already booked workshops for the new school term. Full eco-audits will also form part of each visit in conjunction with school councils. These initial workshops will be followed up with visits where staff and pupils will be able to talk about their successes in saving water.

Ray Harrington-Vail of The Footprint Trust said today;

‘We are delighted that Bestival is going to fund this important project. We can help schools educate children to value and use water more efficiently, reduce school water bills and help wildlife and the environment’.

Rob da Bank also said of the Adopt A Bottle initiative;

“We are proud to be working with The Footprint Trust on the Adopt A Bottle campaign. We have young children who are growing up on the Island and we really believe this is a fun but educational contribution to the Isle of Wight. We would also hope to extend the concept to Camp Bestival and the local community of Dorset once Adopt A Bottle is fully underway on the Isle of Wight.”

For further information on Bestival and The Bestival Foundation, Regional Press please contact;
Simon Blackmore
T: 01983 281 567

For further information on The Footprint Trust, Regional Press please contact;
Ray Harrington-Vail
T: 01983 82 22 82