A charity that challenged people to help it raise £10,000 in a week reached its target on the final day of fundraising.
FUNDRAISERS for Southwell Care Project sold willow Christmas trees and mini-wreaths on Southwell Market to raise money. They included, left to right, chairman David Thompson, Stella Thompson and Robert Thompson. 071213DM3-1
Private donors had pledged to double the amount if South–well Care Project, which supports adults with learning disabilities, raised at least £10,000.
An anonymous donation of £500 on Sunday helped it reach the target just hours before the challenge ended.
The charity’s events manager, Mrs Anna Joyce, said: “If we hadn’t had that late donation on Sunday we wouldn’t have reached £10,000.
“This means that every £10 that came in during the challenge really did make the difference.”
Mrs Joyce said she was grateful for the support of individuals, businesses, volunteers and the care project’s clients.
She said: “It means a lot to us because it gives us a good foundation to start from next year.
“This won’t go towards one specific item that we are buying, it will go towards our costs.
“We couldn’t do the job we do, which is so vital, without the support we get.”
Volunteers in Southwell raised £360 by giving away miniature Christmas wreaths in return for a donation on its penultimate fundraising day.
Small handmade wreaths were sold in shops in Newark and Southwell last week.
The charity, which has bases in Southwell, Newark and Mansfield, supports more than 150 people.
The fundraising events kicked off with a party at the Admiral Rodney pub.
Other events included a Christmas fair at its Newark base in Barnbygate Methodist Church Hall, a five-mile family walk from the Flower Pod at Brackenhurst Lane, Southwell, a coffee morning at Westgate, a cake sale at The Minster School, carol singing at the Old Theatre Deli and a karaoke evening at the Reindeer pub, Southwell.
Sharna Birkin and Casey Doyle took part in a sky-dive to boost the appeal.
Southwell Care Project chief executive Mr Steve Shatwell said the Christmas wreaths were made with foraged materials, which meant they cost nothing to make.
“A lot of people have been generous,” he said.
“We have had a lot of amazing support during this week.We have taken a lot of individual donations from people.
“The community spirit has been tremendous from both Southwell and Newark.”
Mr Shatwell said the charity needed funding for its newest centre, which opened in Mansfield last year.