The organisers of Peterborough’s Firework Fiesta celebrated a record-breaking fundraising total of £33,000 at a recent charity presentation evening.
The money was raised at last year’s Firework Fiesta, which attracted record crowds and was sponsored by Peterborough-based BGL Group. Twenty-four charities and good causes attended the presentation evening at which £23,000 of the proceeds was shared out between:
- Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice,
- Barnardo’s Peterborough Branch which, in the charity’s 150th anniversary year, will be using the money to support the charities work across 4 Children’s Centres in Peterborough
- East Anglia Children’s Hospice
- Friends of Peterborough Hospital
- Hospital at Home (Longthorpe Group)
- Peterborough Association for the Blind, who will put the money towards a trip to Hunstanton for its visually impaired members
- Unity All Stars Gold disabled dance group
- Peterborough Sailability
- The Crocus Café which provides a place of support for those caring for people with dementia
- Kids Out, which provides a fun day out for around 500 children from Peterborough
- Red Cross
- Peterborough Special Olympics Team, which this year includes 11 swimmers who’ve been selected to represent the Eastern Region in the national competition in Sheffield from 7th August 2016.
- Family Voice, a charity that offers caravan holidays tofamilies of children with disabilities
- Kings School Hardship Fund
- Peterborough & District Talking Newspapers for visually impaired people
- Mayor’s Charities, which this year includes the Scouts, the Guides, Age UK and Hope into Action
- Peterborough Cathedral 900 Appeal
- Support Dogs, which trains the pets of disabled people to become support dogs
- Haddon House, a residential house for children with autism
- Cardea Football Team, who will put their donation towards shirts and equipment.
- Duke of Edinburgh Awards
- Harry Brown, whose parents are raising money to buy a Mollii suit for people with motor impairments and disabilities to improve their movement with no negative side effects
Commenting on the evening, this year’s Chairman of the Firework Fiesta committee, Eric Dickens, said, “Record numbers of visitors to the event has meant that this year we have been able to donate even more money to support the work of so many good causes. Over the years, Firework Fiesta has raised around £600,000 for small local charities and good causes and we are particularly grateful for the sponsorship of the BGL Group which has supported Firework Fiesta for the last four years.”
Now in its 39th year, the event attracts around 10,000 visitors from across Peterborough and the wider Cambridgeshire and Nene Valley region. The organisers are looking for a new sponsor for this headline regional event which will once again take place at Peterborough Arena at the East of England Showground on Saturday November 5. Anyone interested should contact Colin Harrison on 07860 712836.
Tickets for Firework Fiesta will go on sale from mid-September. For more information visit www.fireworkfiesta.com or follow on social media.