6 Charity Events That’ll Get Out Your Pocketbook

A couple of weeks ago, York’s charity ball A Night To Remember raised almost £38,000 for St Leonard’s Hospice. Full of warm and fuzzy feelings, we thought we’d countdown some other York charity events on the horizon.

By Graeme Smith

Feature Photo: Hands and Voices performing in March this year

The Black Rose Ball

This annual weekender raises funds for S.O.P.H.I.E., a charity devoted to promoting respect for and understanding of sub-cultures. We had the pleasure of attending last year’s ball, and are already looking forward to this years which takes place on Friday 1 (the gig) and Saturday 2 (the ball) September. The theme this year will be 1001 Nights, so dust off your best Aladdin costume and get down.

York’s Little Festival of Live Music

Now an integral part of the York’s festival calendar, the Little Fest runs in September alongside York’s Food and Drink Festival and raises funds for York Mind. This year’s dates have been announced as Friday 22 to Saturday 30 and, as always, will feature a gluttonous amount of York talent. Applications for musicians to play the festival are now open, just drop the festival an email at yorkslivemusicfestival@gmail.com

Oxjam York Takeover

Oxjam York seemed to be missing from last year’s calendar, but we hope it’ll make a comeback this year, having now attended two and loving each one. Though Oxjam itself it a national event that takes place in October, it’s franchised so the York Takeover is run by local volunteers and its stages are chock full of local artists, all raising money for those in poverty and need.

The Big Boss Caine Annual Fundraiser

York legend Boss Caine runs a fundraiser every year, with last year’s also in support of York Mind. Details have yet to be announced but it always lands just before the festive Xmas season and is always full of York top talent.


Though no specific gigs have been announced yet, we want to mention some of the other fantastic charity organisations in York. SASH, a youth homelessness charity, are well-known for partnering with local music promoters and last year was the recipient of a five-figure sum from last July’s special Shed Seven show at Fibbers. Keep an eye out for announcements!

Accessible Arts and Media

Accessible Arts and Media’s Hands and Voices Choir were a part of the aforementioned A Night To Remember and play shows throughout the year. We’re waiting details on where to catch them next but it’ll be sure to both be a blast and an enjoyable way to open the arts up to everyone.

We’d love to hear about other charity events in York and surrounding area. Get in touch on social media or via our contact page and we’ll help spread the word!