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Downend Firework Display raises thousands for local charities

Posted on Monday 10th December 2012 at 3:34 pm by SH (Editor)

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


Footballers wear it pink in charity match

Posted on Monday 29th October 2012 at 10:20 am by SH (Editor)

Members of the Merlin Housing Society team.

A South Gloucestershire housing association football team has given 110% in its efforts to support cancer charities.

Merlin Housing Society staff took to the football pitch in a pink kit to mark Breast Cancer Research’s Wear it Pink day. They were playing against fellow housing association Curo in a charity football match to raise money for a number of cancer charities, including the Bristol Children’s Hospital.

And the team were certainly in the pink by the end of the match, coming out 10-0 winners.

Team manager Ricky Gray said:

“The match was in aid of some really good causes and we were delighted to be involved. Cancer affects so many people in one way or another so we wanted to do our bit.”

“And the pink kit paid off! We couldn’t miss each other out there on the pitch. It was a great game and all the team are talking about when we can do it again.”

Earlier in the day, staff from the Chipping Sodbury-based organisation raised £215 by wearing pink shirts, wigs, and even an adult-sized baby suit.

Source: Merlin Housing Society


Gambian fire authority benefits from Chairman’s fundraising event

Posted on Wednesday 2nd May 2012 at 11:08 am by SH (Editor)

Guests at a dinner in aid of fire service charity GAFSIP.

An African fire authority is £2,500 better off thanks to a charity dinner hosted by Cllr Mike Drew, Chairman of South Gloucestershire Council.

The event was held at Yate Fire Station last Friday (27th April) with around 60 specially invited guests enjoying a dinner before taking part in a raffle and an auction which raised more than £600 for the chairman’s chosen charity, the Gambia and Avon Fire Services in Partnership (GAFSIP). The total amount of money raised on the night was more than £2,500.

The charitable trust organises shipments to the Gambia of donated fire and ambulance vehicles and equipment together with educational materials and spare parts.

Cllr Mike Drew said:

“We had a very successful and enjoyable dinner which raised a lot of money for GAFSIP. I thank the firefighters of Yate Station for their support both for the event and their long term support for GAFSIP.”

David Hutchings, who set up GAFSIP, said:

“It was a great night and the money will be used to help pay for shipping. Later this year we will be sending three fire engines, two containers full of medical goods, educational materials and some old uniforms donated by fire fighters.”

Source: South Gloucestershire Council