A wonderful and very personal act of fund raising…

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.