Wickford's Christmas crowdfund gets underway

Every year we need £15,000 just to put up Wickford's Christmas lights display, store the lights and run the popular Wickford at Christmas Street Fair. We rely on donations from the public, charitable grants and sponsorship from local businesses to raise these funds. A team of 12 local volunteers work year-round to put this all together.

Last year we raised £4,000 in our collection buckets which will go towards this year's activities, but we still need just over half of the money.

We need funds asap. To purchase any new lights we'd need the funds by the end of August. 

The Wickford at Christmas Street Fair is Sunday 24th November - RSVP on the Facebook event here. This has become a great annual event for our town and it’s a fun-packed day with lots of gift, food and drink stalls, Santa, local entertainment and more. We will need funds to cover all the health and safety and legal procedures that have to be in place as well as pay for the lights display to go up in time for the event.

We'd love to spend more on new lights. In 2018 we bought 10 new lights for the high street but we would love to have some more new lights each year to add to the display, each is around £1,000. But we also need to fund the maintenance of some posts, for instance there are 36 lampposts in the High Street that we need to renew and replace lights and lightboxes for, which work out at approx £800-900 each. 

There are various ways to donate and help

  1. Donate on our GoFundMe page https://www.gofundme.com/wickford-at-christmas-2019

  2. Collection boxes in these high street shops - 2Dam Glam Boutique, Arches Barbers, Chris DIY Store, Emblem, Glicks Opticians, Headlines Hairdressing Essex, Maplefords, Mem's Kitchen, Mi Chica Boutique, Michael Frank Jewellers and Wickford Garage

  3. Businesses can advertise at the Street Fair from reasonable rates and packages include social media and online advertising too. Find out more by emailing info@wickfordatchristmas.co.uk or contacting us on Facebook

  4. We’re also looking for volunteers to help on the day, even if it’s just for a couple of hours. Email info@wickfordatchristmas.co.uk.

6 benefits of volunteering: Volunteers Week

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It’s Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) which celebrates all of the good work people make up and down the country to support causes and charities.  

Wickford is full of wonderful volunteers that help across various events and causes, from the Wickford Wombles and Rotary Club to sports teams, children’s clubs and charity initiatives.

Wickford’s Christmas activities are also run by volunteers. The Christmas high street lights display only gets put up and stored away each year because of a group of 12 individuals who give up their spare time all year to get funding and procedures in place.

They also organise the Wickford at Christmas Street Fair, which requires another group of Wickford residents to help on the day itself. Their tasks include setting up barriers; setting up stall holders in the high street; manning the activities; collecting money in the buckets and more. 

We’re always on the look out for more help.

Need some convincing? Here are some of the benefits of volunteering with us, although many apply to other volunteer roles too

It’s fun! The Christmas Street Fair kicks off the festive spirit in Wickford and it’s great to be a part of the team that pulls it off 

You meet new people. Not only are there other volunteers helping out who you’ll meet but you’ll be interacting with other Wickford residents  

You’re part of a community effort. It feels good to be part of something positive for our town  

Make a difference. Whatever task you do, you are helping put on a fantastic event and experience for the people of Wickford and any money raised helps us on our way to do the same next year  

Learn new skills and gain confidence. It might seem a little daunting but we’ll give you the training and enthusiasm needed to get out there and do the best you can 

It looks good on your CV. Adding a volunteering role makes you stand out and gives you extra experience to talk about 

Interested in volunteering with us?

Click here to join the Wickford at Christmas Volunteers Team Facebook page to find out more or email wickfordatchristmas@gmail.com.  

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