Henleaze Christmas Festival raises record amount
Stan Hazell, on the right of the pictured, presents the cheque on behalf of the Henleaze Christmas Festival to Waldemar Duzniak, vice chair of the Julian Trust, on the left of the picture, with Julian Trust volunteers
The Henleaze Christmas Festival has made its biggest charity donations to date after a record sum was raised from raffle ticket sales.
The four nominated charities - Link House, Bristol Area Kidney Patients Association, the Julian Trust and the Nicola Corry Support Association - will each receive cheques for £700.
With a first prize of a luxury festive hamper, and more than 40 other prizes donated by local businesses, the raffle sales achieved record numbers.
“People always like to win something, but many who bought tickets said they just wanted to support the local charities,” says festival co-ordinator Austin Ferrante.
“Being able to support our local charities in this way is a huge part of what the festival is about. We are delighted that, because sales of raffle tickets were so high this year, we have been able to increase our donations to them.”
Plans for next year's festival are already under way, as Austin explains: “There is a huge amount of organisation required, as well as help on the day, and we are anxious to find more volunteers who can share the load and ensure the event continues.” If you can help,vcontact Austin at: firstname.lastname@example.org