We recently received a much-appreciated donation from Stuart Gerrett whose poignant story and experience prompted him to raise money for Macmillan as described by him below:
Very sadly we lost a close friend to cancer recently, which deeply inspired me to focus attention on raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Keen to give my first fundraising experience a whole heart, and endeavour to give back the most respectable sum I could to these wonderful people, the concept was born. A brilliant one night festival of live bands, DJs, lights, food, fun and enjoyment where all proceeds go to charity.
Giving myself the challenge of but 2 months to organise and host the event, would see the target date toward the end of September, lending itself, and so the name, perfectly to the apt title “Harvest Fest”.
During the setup process we unfortunately got word of further bad news, my wife being diagnosed with cancer for the first time at 35. Even more reason to make the evening a success for Macmillan!
With the help, charity and support of some truly amazing people we managed to secure everything from venue and raffle prizes, through to some quality entertainment, well within budget and on time.
The primary cash generators were from the bar and raffle, seeing prizes such as a weekend break in the New Forest for 2, 4 for golf at Cowdray Golf Club and even a one on one polo lesson by a pro amongst many others.
Much merriment was had by all in good attendance, and so I am pleased to say the event was a huge success. Generating a massive £2000 after costs for this deserved cause in just a few hours.
Cancer is said to affect 1 in every 2 people these days, and it certainly is a topic close to home for us at present. I am very humbled at the shear level of generous input showed by both guests and contributors alike in supporting me with this endeavour.
On a personal note, I am so glad to have been able to positively contribute toward combatting such a vicious illness.
Over the past 7 years, the fund raising efforts of the amazing Julia Baker have contributed £28,753 to the Macmillan Cancer Support… Surely a record!… What a wonderful effort… Huge thanks and congratulations Julia!
Having been the first committee nationally to create and maintain a local website, we are delighted to hear that more committees have now adopted this approach to reporting their work and informing their supporters of local fund-raising news and activities.
We may also be the first group to now produce a locally-focused leaflet designed to inform interested parties about the work that Macmillan is doing in their area.
Our Sussex Report gives news and numbers regarding the importance and investments that Macmillan has been making in and around Chichester. We hope that you will find this interesting and encouraging.
If you would like copies of the leaflet, please contact committee volunteer, Roger Meadows who will be delighted to forward them to you. Alternatively you can download a PDF here: Sussex Report 2015.