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Supporting our future Festival Goers

It has been our wish for many years to give a little back to those who most need it. SHC Bars and Retro Festival have raised over £80,000 for various children’s charities over the years through your kind donations and money raised through our charity T-shirt sales and we wish to continue this with our Retro Festivals at Newbury and Newark. So in 2019 we’re aiming higher!

We will be holding a charity auction at 1.00pm on Sunday on the Black Hangar stage at Retro Festival Newbury 2019. If you have something you would like to donate to this auction, please contact us at Please look here to see some of the items generously already donated by our supporters.

At Retro Festival Newark 2018 we supportied Liam Andrew, a local 5 year old boy, who has recently been diagnosed with an incurable and inoperable brain tumour. All proceeds from the Cabaret Show, T-shirt sales and Show Guide sales were donated to the Trust Fund for Liam and we were able to present the Fund with a cheque for £5000. Read more about Liam here.

In November 2017 a cheque was given to the Children’s Heart Association to pay for 10 CoagUCheck machines! Money was raised at Newark & Newbury 2017 so a huge thanks to all of our festival goers who helped us achieve this. Please check out the Children’s Heart Association’s website at for more information on what they do.

Cassie, who has MS, has been attending Retro Festival for many years. We have been pleased to support her travelling to Moscow for specialist treatment called Autologous Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation. Read Cassie’s story in her own words here.

Donations have also recently been given to The Teenage Cancer Trust and for equipment in children’s wards in various hospitals.

Our chosen charity for Retro Festival Newark 2017 was the Children’s Bereavement Centre. The Children’s Bereavement Centre is a unique and special charity that offers children and their families, affected by terminal illness, death or separation of a child’s parents, the support and guidance they need during a very difficult time in their lives. Last year they supported over 600 children and their families throughout Nottinghamshire and parts of Lincolnshire. We have continued to support the Centre in 2018 with a further donation of £5000.

This is Nick and Emily’s story

Emily’s mum Amanda, and I separated when Emily was two. Our relationship broke down following the death of my father, but Emily always came first with us and she knew that she had us both in her life. Suddenly Amanda died of an Asthma attack when Emily was just six years old. After the initial shock, Emily seemed – on the surface at least – to accept the massive changes in her life. But just under a year after her mum’s death, everything changed. She had violent outbursts, uncontrollable screaming fits and an anger I couldn’t believe could come out of my wonderful daughter. She needed help. A friend told me about the one to one support the Children’s Bereavement Centre offers, and within a couple of visits, the change in Emily was amazing. She had found the place where she could talk about her mum and about all the anger and hurt she was feeling. She said that the people there really understood her and how she was feeling. Over the next few months, we both received help from the Centre and attended not only the one to one support sessions but also other events laid on by them, this helped us a great deal. The staff and volunteers at the Centre are always at the end of the phone when Emily or I need to talk and I’m honestly not sure how we could have got through these last couple of years without them.

This is just one of the stories of the positive effect the charities one to one support sessions have had on a family. Each child that attends gets at least eight one hour sessions of support, the direct cost for eight sessions of support for a child is £200.

The one to one support sessions provide early intervention to support children and young people who are suffering the trauma of losing a relative or close friend. This also includes children and young people whose parents are going through a difficult separation and also the loss of a close relative from a terminal illness diagnosis and all the changes to their lives that this diagnosis will bring. The sessions enable them to talk about their anxieties and feelings. They are encouraged to work through using creative therapeutic work to enable them to work through their grief in a safe non-threatening environment.

In normalising their feelings at an early stage the children will adapt more quickly to their loss and the risk adverse behaviour and mental health problems will be reduced, allowing them to grow up healthier citizens; able to make a positive contribution in their communities.

As well as supporting the Children’s Bereavement Centre we will continue to support individual families and purchase equipment for Children’s Cancer charities.


In continuing our efforts to raise as much for charity as possible we launched the 2018 Retro Festival T-shirt. Created by the amazingly talented Ed Org, this is the third of what we hope will become an annual collector’s item from the show. Available at the shows for just £10 each, with all profits going to our chosen charities.


The 2017 and 2016 T-shirts are also still available.


Available at the show in 2 different designs for just £10 each, with all profit going to our chosen charities,
you’d be bonkers not to have one or two!