Global Hand's tent offer gets stuck in festival mud

A charity has become mired in controversy after thousands of tents were destroyed in the wake of last month's Glastonbury Festival.

Global Hand offered to accept clean, packed tents from departing festival-goers to send on to humanitarian groups in the developing world, but bad weather and communications confusion meant that many fans abandoned their tents in the mud, thinking they would be collected.

Alistair McFarlane, European representative for Hong Kong-based Global Hand, said the response to its Give Me Shelter campaign had been excellent, with hundreds of items brought in, but denied it had ever intended to collect all the tents. "The charity has no facilities for washing mud-strewn tents and sleeping bags," he said.

The festival invited charities with local links to collect the tents. About 1,000 tents were recovered, leaving at least 9,000 to be crushed and dumped in landfill.

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