The tote bags will be used to wash scrubs and the bag they were stored in to help avoid contamination
Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis has confirmed that the Festival will be donating cotton tote bags to hospitals and NHS workers in need, to help battle the coronavirus pandemic.
Thank you! Sending out all remaining bags today and tomorrow to as many hospitals as we can
— Emily Eavis (@emilyeavis) March 30, 2020
The initiative came in a response to a plea made by fashion journalist Gemma Cartwright who posted a tweet detailing an NHS worker on her local forum was asking for cotton tote bags so she can put her scrubs and the bag they were stored in straight into the wash, and by doing so avoiding contaminating her house.
NHS worker on my local forum asking for cotton tote bags so she can wash her scrubs and the bag they were store in, to avoid contaminating her house. Bloggers and journos, this is your moment. Get on those local FB groups, send your goodie bag totes to someone who’ll use them!
— Gemma Cartwright (@GemmaCartwright) March 29, 2020
Bringing the matter to Emily’s attention was one of many Glasto-fans eager to help, as he pointed out that Glastonbury might possibly have a stack of tote bag still kicking about in light of the Festival’s cancellation due to COVID-19.
Can you give me a contact number or email?
— Emily Eavis (@emilyeavis) March 29, 2020
It follows news of Michael and Emily Eavis already donating thousands of litres of hand sanitiser, gloves and face masks meant for Glastonbury 2020 to frontline emergency services – including Avon and Somerset Police and NHS staff.
Glastonbury Festival was set to be held at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset – from Wednesday, June 24 through Sunday, June 28 – after the line-up poster and first wave of artists was released earlier in the month (March 12), which included Diana Ross, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey, Kendrick Lamar and many more – but was forced to cancel what would have been its 50th-anniversary celebrations due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The cancellation statement – made Wednesday, March 18 – by Michael and Emily Eavis, read: “We are so sorry to announce this, but Glastonbury 2020 will have to be cancelled, and this will be an enforced fallow year for the Festival.
“Clearly this was not a course of action we hoped to take for our 50th anniversary event, but following the new government measures announced this week – and in times of such unprecedented uncertainty – this is now our only viable option.
“We very much hope that the situation in the UK will have improved enormously by the end of June. But even if it has, we are no longer able to spend the next three months with thousands of crew here on the farm, helping us with the enormous job of building the infrastructure and attractions needed to welcome more than 200,000 people to a temporary city in these fields.
“We would like to send our sincere apologies to the 135,000 people who have already paid a deposit for a Glastonbury 2020 ticket. The balance payments on those tickets were due at the beginning of April and we wanted to make a firm decision before then.
“We understand that it is not always easy to secure a Glastonbury ticket, which is why we would like to offer all those people the chance to roll their £50 deposit over to next year, and guarantee the opportunity to buy a ticket for Glastonbury 2021. Those who would prefer a refund of that £50 will be able to contact See Tickets in the coming days in order to secure that. This option will remain available until September this year. For those who are happy to roll their deposit over, that will happen automatically. Further information – including details on rolling over coach packages, official accommodation bookings and local Sunday tickets – has been added below this message.
“The cancellation of this year’s Festival will no doubt come as a terrible blow to our incredible crew and volunteers who work so hard to make this event happen. There will also inevitably be severe financial implications as a result of this cancellation – not just for us, but also the Festival’s charity partners, suppliers, traders, local landowners and our community.
“We were so looking forward to welcoming you all for our 50th anniversary with a line-up full of fantastic artists and performers that we were incredibly proud to have booked. Again, we’re so sorry that this decision has been made. It was not through choice. But we look forward to welcoming you back to these fields next year and until then, we send our love and support to all of you.”
Glastonbury Festival has become one of the most celebrated cultural events in the UK and indeed the world, since its humble beginnings as a gathering of 1,500 people in September 1970. It has grown into an event with more than 200,000 attendees (including staff), and its 50th anniversary year was set to be a vintage edition and a very special one at that.