Our Charities

Our Chosen Charities & Local Good Causes

After receiving a huge number of applicants, we are delighted to share our chosen charities and local good causes that we will be donating to in 2024! Every year members of the these groups do their bit to contribute towards the success of Swanage Carnival, by helping behind the bar or shaking a bucket – there’s so many ways to support the South’s Premier Carnival and we couldn’t do it without them!

How To Donate

Our bucketeers will be out and about all week during events so don’t forget to bring along those coins you’ve been saving all year for Swanage Carnival. If you’ve gone cashless, there’s still plenty of ways in which you can donate! Scan the QR code on the collection buckets or on Carnival signage around the Showground.

Donations are already open for this years Carnival both on our App and on our website here:

Charities and local causes benefiting from our 2024 Carnival

  • Allsorted
  • Corfe Castle FC
  • Dementia Friendly Purbeck.
  • Friends of Dorset Carers
  • Friends of St Mary’s Association
  • Friends of Swanage Primary School
  • Greengage Community Garden
  • Harlequin Care
  • Herston Village hall
  • Lewis Manning Cancer Trust
  • Mount Scar Cygnets Playgroup
  • National Coastwatch Institution
  • St Georges Preschool
  • St Marks Primary School
  • Swanage & Wareham Hockey Club
  • Swanage Community Defibrillator Partnership
  • Swanage Gymnastics
  • Swanage Linking Lives
  • Swanage Musical Theatre Company
  • Swanage Sea Rowing Club

Chairmans Charity : Forget Me Not (NHS Trust Dorchester)

This is a support group for women and their families who have lost a baby at any stage of their pregnancy or after birth. A safe environment for them to talk, get advice, meet new people and share experiences. We meet on the 2nd Monday of every month at the Quiet Space in Poundbury, Dorchester between 7-9pm



Annual Charity : Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is one of Swanage Carnival’s annual charities.  The charity was established to provide relief from sickness and injury for the people of Dorset and Somerset, by the provision of an air ambulance. The charity receives no direct funding from the Government or the National Lottery and relies on the generosity of the public and organisation such as Swanage Carnival for support. With operational costs of over £3.5 million a year and the approximate cost per mission of £3,000, our annual support helps maintain a vital service in our community.

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Annual Charity: Swanage Stroke Club

The Swanage Stroke Club is an organisation supported annually by Swanage Carnival.  Part of the Stroke Association the Swanage Stroke Club welcomes new and existing members to attend regular events, offering a range of activities including listening to guest speakers, outings and games. The Club provides both social and communication support to stroke survivors and their families.  Swanage Carnival has a long-established relationship with this organisation and is proud to help provide help and support to stroke survivors in our community.


Raising thousands of pounds each year for our chosen charities and good causes

In 2023 Swanage Carnival celebrated another successful year, giving away a staggering £27,650 to 20 selected organisations. The donations were awarded at our annual presentation night and we have been delighted to learn how these hard raised funds have been put to great use in our community.

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