Downend Firework Display raises thousands for local charities

Downend Firework Display charity presentation.

The organisation responsible for the Downend Firework Display has reported the event raised around £18,000 for local charities.

The Great Western Round Table presented cheques to several causes including Macmillan Cancer Care, the Keynsham Scout group, the MS Therapy Centre, Children in Need and the Kingswood Scout group.

It also presented £1,500 to the Kingswood Bus Project, which provides youth support to local 11-25 year olds.

Andrew Simmonds is one of the ten local volunteers who help to arrange the show every year. He said:

“We are so pleased with the fantastic amount the firework show has raised for charity. It’s great that we can split the funds between lots of really worthwhile causes in the area, and each have still got a chunky amount.”

“This year Macmillan Cancer Care was our named charity so we were able to award them with £7250 to go towards helping people with cancer in the region.”

“We chose the Keynsham and Kingswood Scout groups because they are great organisations which do wonders with local kids. The PlayBus project was an easy choice with the difficulties they have been having lately and the MS Therapy Centre is doing wonderful work.”

“We always like to make a donation to Children in Need as well and it was great to see Pudsey at the firework display.”

This year was the 41st year the Downend Firework Display has been held at the King George V playing fields and once again it attracted crowds of thousands.

Andrew continued:

“Since the first firework display, the Great Western Round Table has raised more than half a million pounds for local causes.”

“I’d like to thank our sponsors Bristol Audi and Mama Bears Day Nursery and I’m looking forward to starting organisation for the next one!”

Source: Great Western Round Table

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