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 approx £600,000 for various children’s charities over the years through your kind donations and money raised through our charity T-shirt sales and Show Guide sales. We wish to continue this with our Retro Festivals.

Every hour, someone in the UK starts to lose their sight and so in 2024 we have teamed up with The Guide Dogs for the Blind Assocation to sponsor 12 brand new puppies in their training to help support people who are losing or have lost their sight.

This year we will also be donating all the proceeds from the sales of our Retro Festival plaques to charity.

Some of our previous donations are described below.

In 2022 at Newark we raised funds to support a brave, young 10 year old boy named Lucas. Earlier this year Lucas was recently diagnosed with DIPG – Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, an incurable and inoperable tumour which grows on a area of the brain that controls vital bodily functions. Lucas has been accepted for a trial of a revolutionary new treatment at a private clinic in America. He will be the first child in the world to undergo this procedure. The clinic in the US will generously fund Lucas’s treatment but his family do have the costly expense of travel and accommodation and the palliative care drug is also extremely expensive costing in the region of £4000 per month. Read more about Lucas here.

Our first charity donation in 2020 was £2000 to William’s Fund. William was only 2 years old when he was diagnosed with cancer and the Fund was set up as his legacy to raise money for research into childhood cancers. This research is carried out at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital. To see William’s story and how you can support this fantastic charity, please visit their web site –

Following a meeting of the organising committee shortly after Retro Festival Newbury 2019 we were delighted to present cheques for our latest donations to the following charities:-
£10,000 to Prior’s Court School (Read more here)
£8,000 to The Children’s Heart Association (Read more here)
£8,000 to The Children’s Bereavement Centre (Read more here)
£2,000 to Yellow Submarine (Read more here)

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! A further donation of £8000 was made in 2019. Read more about the Children’s Heart Association here

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 and we have contiued to support the centre since with donations of £5000 in 2018 and £8000 in 2019. Read more about the Children’s Bereavement Centre here

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