The Collection

The Collection

See how your donations help carnival charities.

The Collection

There are collectors at carnival from many different charities and after carnival they are able to take a high percentage of their collection and give it back to their charity, usually this is up to 60% depending on whether the charity helps us count the collection. The 40% of the collection that's left gets shared out to the clubs as prize money and any remainder is used to help pay our bills.

Lat year we raised £10,464.01 of which £4,803.82 went to charities and £5,725.00 went to the clubs who built the carts (the shortfall is made up though sponsorship of the event and fundraising throughout they year). The more you give the higher the percentage we are able to give to the carnival charities.

It is my job to raise enough money on the night of carnival to ensure we can continue to hold this great event and support local groups and charities with their fundraising. We at Carnival HQ believe that the South West Carnivals are amongst the most unique and best free illuminated shows in the world and we volunteer our time for free to bring you these events. But although Carnival is free at the point of entertainment, it is certainly not a free event to hold. Insurance, licensing, overheads and essential equipment cost thousands every year, not to mention prize money and a donation to every entry in the procession for taking part. Also the amount we donate to our charities/local groups is offered on a percentage basis of what they collect, so the more you give, the more they receive.

Annalee, Collection Convener for HBOS Carnival

Our carnival is proud to support our community and without your help, we would not be able to put on such a spectacular event 

A collection is also taken during the town firework display on the Sunday night, this is a separate collection taken by the Rotary Club.


  • Header photo by:: Jake Beckett
  • Above photo by:: Matt Scott

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