summer fete raised £300 for town hospital group
Burnham-On-Sea community group has this week presented £300
to the Friends of Burnham Hospital after organising a popular summer
Events Social Team (BEST) safeguarded the future of Burnham's traditional
August Bank Holiday Fete in the Manor Gardens by coming forward
to organise it this year - and raise funds at the same time for
the town's hospital.
Jones, Chair of the Burnham Events Social Team, said: "I am
delighted to be able to present this cheque to the Friends of Burnham
Hospital. It was a very successful day, and this £300 is nearly
60% of the money that was given to us by all the stall holders who
made a contribution to the fete."
"I am pleased we were able to step in and continue this long
standing tradition. It was an excellent day, and we were very pleased
with the end result. I would like to thank the BEST team for all
their efforts, it was a lot of hard work, but very enjoyable, and
everything went well on the day."
Spilsbury, Chairman of Friends of Burnham Hospital, added: "It
was with a heavy heart that the Friends of the Hospital decided
that we were no longer able to continue with the organisation of
the Bank Holiday Fete. With a committee that was dwindling in numbers
and, yes, getting older every year together with ever rising costs
and burgeoning paper work we made the decision to look at other
ways to fund raise that were within our physical capabilities."
"We were, therefore, very pleased when BEST stepped up and
said that they would run the event. At that time they promised that
they would make a donation to the Friends of the Hospital if they
were in profit. Today, true to their word, they have met with us
and given us this cheque for £300."
am sure that the Fete proved to be a good day for all. As Friends,
having a Stall there was great. We are very grateful for this money
and we will use it towards the continuing provision of the Drinks
Machine that is sited in the Outpatients Department. We would also
like to take this opportunity to wish BEST every success in the
future with the events that they organise on behalf of the People
of Burnham and Highbridge."
Peter Burridge-Clayton, Vice Chairman of BEST, added: "It was
a tremendous event and a very good day for all the groups and charities
that took part. Thousands of pounds were raised for some very good
causes, and we were pleased to be able to facilitate that. We were
happy with the end result and I am delighted to say we have booked
the Manor Gardens for next years summer Bank Holiday fete.
We hope to keep the former hospital fete alive for many years to
"The BEST team did a great job with this event, and they have
many more events planned. Our next event is 'Blitz in the Ritz',
a 1940s wartime-themed evening of entertainment and food.
Guests will be invited to dress up to the theme if they wish, and
it should be a fantastic evening. It is on November 19th after the
Christmas lights switch-on in Burnham and tickets are on sale at
£6.50 from The Ritz and the Toycupboard. There are only 20
tickets remaining so please book early to avoid disappointment."
"We will be holding our Christmas events again, including the
skating rink during the school holidays. Our events planned for
2017 have now gone in to double figures so its going to be
a busy year ahead. We have built up an excellent team of volunteers
and our membership is growing, which is very pleasing. If anybody
is interested in joining our group then please look at our facebook
pages, or website, for contact details or pop into the Toycupboard
and speak to Kathy."