Last month, Wokingham Fireworks Charitable Trust held their annual, charity fireworks spectacular in Cantley Park’s event field. The ticket only fireworks display was a sell-out and after all expenses had been met, raised an amazing figure of £31,000, every penny of which is distributed to local charities and deserving causes in the Borough.
The community event took place on Saturday 5 November 2022 and started with a torchlight procession from Wokingham Town’s Market Place, led by St Sebastian’s band, Borough Mayor Cllr Caroline Smith and various local dignitaries, followed by a memorable fireworks display. The event also included a funfair and various vendors selling food and soft drinks.
Of the money raised, £6,000 was distributed to each of the five participating service clubs allowing donations to be made to their respective nominated charities and deserving causes in Wokingham Borough. A further £500 was donated to each of the Borough Mayor and Town Mayor’s charities.
Wokingham Borough Mayor Cllr Caroline Smith’s charity for the year is the Wokingham Foodbank and said: “I am delighted Wokingham Foodbank was chosen as one of the charities to benefit from fundraising at this year’s event. Times are hard, resulting in many local people relying on foodbanks. I know that this donation will benefit Wokingham Foodbank so they can continue the good work they are doing to help people in need.
“Thank you to the Wokingham Fireworks Charitable Trust for this donation and for the hard work that goes into making this event an evening to remember. A special thanks to everyone who attended the fireworks display and generously donated to these very worthy causes.”
Annette Medhurst, manager at Wokingham Foodbank said: “We are thrilled to receive such a generous donation to our work. The Foodbank has been incredibly busy this year and with the cost of living crisis, we predict this will continue in 2023. It really shouldn’t be this way - households relying on charity to feed their family, however, our community is very generous and donations like this really help us support those in need. We are truly grateful for the support.”
Wokingham Fireworks Charitable Trust Chairman David Gold said: “Our thanks go to the people of Wokingham Borough who attended our community event and supported our efforts to raise money for local charities and deserving causes.”
About the Wokingham Foodbank
The Wokingham Foodbank is a project founded by local churches and community groups, working together towards stopping hunger in the local area. It is a foodbank available to all borough residents to use and is staffed mainly by volunteers. The Foodbank relies on the generosity of the people of Wokingham Borough and surrounding areas to donate sufficient food, supplies and cash to allow them to carry out this much needed service to local people in need.
The Wokingham Foodbank is one of many organisations working alongside the council to help residents with rising food, energy and other costs. Visit the cost of living help hub for all the latest support.
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