Summer Family Festival Day in aid of Myton Hospice
On Saturday 30th August I hosted a small festival day at my local pub in aid of Myton Hospice, who looked after my Dad in his last few weeks. Myton Hospice are an amazing charity who care for people with such compassion and respect. I decided to organise and host the fundraising day because Myton Hospice rely purely on donations and I had always promised my Dad I would raise some money for them on his behalf so that we could say thank you to them for being so kind and helping him live out his final days with dignity.
The weeks and days leading up to the event were hard work and pretty stressful, I'd organised the event last year (in aid of CRASAC Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre)so knew what to expect but it seemed to grow this year and there was so much to do, and in my usual style, I'd left it to just 8 weeks before the event to start making concrete plans! I got my team of friends together and between us we made plots and plans, sewed bunting, brainstormed, booked bands, hired a PA system and I promoted the event on local radio stations, in the local papers, local residents associations and on social media. Word of mouth soon spread and everyone was getting really excited about the day.
On the day of the event we were up at the Old Clarence, where the event was held, setting up stalls, tying bunting, putting up gazebo's and doing sound checks and we could feel the excitment building.
At 12 noon the doors opened and people started to arrive, there was facepainting, a toy stall, some lovely cakes which were donated by friends and friends of friends, a bbq, space hopper races, art boards for the kids, a sweet stall and more, so there was plenty to keep everyone occupied. We even had a tarot reader, who was brilliant, everyone who went in to see her were amazed at how accurate she was.
At 2pm the place was getting busy and we got the live music started.
We had various live acts play throughout the day from 2-5.45 and then had a break to draw the raffle and hold the auction. We'd been donated lots of great prizes and managed to get hold of some rare Coventry City memorabilia for the auction. It was great fun and we managed to raise alot of money for the charity through the raffle and auction.
After the auction we had a balloon release. Throughout the day we'd been selling balloons for a donation and for each one bought we gave the buyer a tag to write a message to a loved one they'd lost, then when it got tp 6.30 we had tied all of the tags onto helium filled balloons and released them over Hearsall Common to the sounds of Elbow, One Day Like This in the background. It was a beautiful and emotional moment and was a nice way to move into the evening's entertainment, which started with live electronic music from Vieon, complete with smoke machines and laser show, followed by tunes from Tabro T.
The whole day went perfectly, I couldn't have asked for anything more. There were smiling, happy faces all day, the atmosphere was amazing and everyone was so generous with their time, ideas and money.
We managed to raise nearly £2000 on the day and more through donations from those who couldn't make it on the JustGiving page I set up in my Dad's name, where money goes directly to Myton Hospice. Putting on the charity day this year was so enjoyable and the day itself made all the sleepless nights and hard work worthwhile and I hope I made my Dad proud.
If you would like to keep track of where I am with my fundraising or make a small donation to the charity please go to the JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/charlotte-lewis10/