Bedford Giving confirmed as Bedfringe festival’s charity of the year

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The Scruff perform at the blender stage at Bedfringe at the Quarry Theatre. Image: blender
The Scruff perform at the blender stage at Bedfringe at the Quarry Theatre. Image: blender

The annual performing arts festival, Bedfringe, has announced Bedford Giving as its partner charity of 2024.

Bedford Giving is a new movement formed by eight founding partners of local businesses, charities and organisations, which have come together with a united single goal – to help create a brighter future for the next generation in Bedford.

The Bedford Independent is Bedford Giving’s media partner.

Hosted every summer by the Quarry Theatre, Bedfringe is now in its 17th year of bringing cracking comedy, thought-provoking theatre, dance, film, music and family events to the heart of Bedford.

The festival features national and international artists – many of whom are previewing their Edinburgh Fringe shows – alongside local performers.

Bedfringe 2024 will run for 11 days, from 18 to 28 July and tickets have just gone on sale here.

Bedfringe Director, James Pharoah MBE, said: “We are very excited to be supporting Bedford Giving during this year’s festival.

“One of our main focuses is to support young people in our community and helping Bedford Giving may provide further opportunities for some creative projects in the months following the festival.”

Bedford Giving Director Paul (PK) Kellett said: “We’re delighted to have been picked as Bedfringe’s Charity of The Year.

“We believe everyone in Bedford has something to give – time, skills, funds – and by all working together, we can achieve more than we could on our own.

“By being Bedfringe’s charity partner it will help spread the word about Bedford Giving and enable us to get more supporters onboard to help together to build a brighter future for young people in Bedford.”

Bedford Giving launched in June 2023 and has already kick-started three transformation projects to improve the lives of young people in Bedford.

“Having undertaken research within the local community we ensure all our programmes are delivered, targeting those who need them most, through partnering with others and community engagement, to help young people to succeed,” said PK.

Projects currently running include the Parent Panel Grant Making Programme, a volunteer mentoring programme for 13–15-year-olds to help them raise their career aspirations, and a work experience campaign to sign up businesses and organisations to offer work experience for young people who might otherwise miss out.

Bedford Giving has also begun research into the mental health of young people in the borough and the team is also looking at what free activities are available.