Never mind the heatwave - Christmas is saved!
PUBLISHED: 13:38 24 July 2018
Belinda Jayne Roll
Christmas is saved after some 30 businesses and organisations dug deep to rescue a long-standing community event.
Volunteers behind the annual Open Christmas have hailed the “outstanding” response from well wishers who have answered a rallying call for cash.
Fundraiser Sue Anderson said although there was enough money for this year’s event, it was the one after that was at risk.
She said mounting costs were making it a struggle.
She said: “We have it in the Marina Centre because its the only venue that is big enough but we have to hire in ovens and baking trays and that pushes the cost up.
“We have the turkeys donated but we have used almost all our resources up.”
She added that the small donations they received every year were just as important.
An appeal for 50 businesses and organisations to donate £100 to save the event was launched earlier this year.
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