A windfall of more than £6,000 was handed out to 20 local good causes in Burnham-On-Sea this week when the town’s carnival committee presented the proceeds of last year’s collection.
Carnival Collection Convenor Annalee New and Carnival Queen Melissa Fear handed out a total of £6,042 at Burnham’s Lighthouse pub on Friday evening (February 16th) to those groups who had helped with street collections at last November’s event.
60 per cent of the money collected on carnival night goes to local charities and groups, with the remainder going towards the costs of running the carnival itself.
The groups benefiting included In Charley’s Memory £157.18; RNLI £400.67; Lions £1,325.65; East Huntspill PTA £364.57; BARB £429.59; Cancer Reseach UK £20.01; PGM School £313.91; Breast Cancer Now £570.46; Lime Kiln CC £82.21; Somerset Time for Youth £159.38; Cavaliers £155.95; CLIC Sargent £455.24; Burnham-On-Sea and District Pantomine Society £63.17; Choral Society £149.74; Royal British Legion £124.43; Somewhere House Somerset £443.90; Burnham In Bloom £148.52; Bridgwater Cancer Research £228.60; BOS Scout Group £195.97; and Young Farmers £253.52.
Annalee thanked the organisations for collecting, saying: “We are very grateful for the help of these local groups, without whom we would not have a carnival. We rely on helpers for marshalling and collecting.”
Carnival Treasurer Jonathan Walter told Burnham-On-Sea.com that collections were up on the previous year’s event, helped by a larger number of collectors and a big crowd of spectators.
He added: “It was great to meet all the groups again on Friday and to hear examples of what the funds will be used for – we are always happy to welcome new local groups or charities to collect at our Carnival for 2018.”
Several of the Highbridge and Burnham Carnival committee at Friday’s event
Burnham-On-Sea Carnival 2018