The summer is not over yet, we hope, but the sunny 2013 so far has meant that external events to raise funds for our work supporting people with sight loss have been well attended, whether Wilberforce’s own events or those arranged by others to raise funds for us.
We are all hoping for another warm day on 25 August, when our local village of Huntington will have a traditional gala in the recreation ground right opposite the Wilberforce head office, Wilberforce House. Our volunteers will be out again with a stall to raise funds, which has become increasingly important in the current economic climate.
The annual trip to St Crux in the centre of York on 10 July, where as usual Wilberforce tenants ran stalls full of bric-a-brac outside the old church building at the bottom of Shambles while the dedicated team of volunteers offered refreshments inside the building, including cakes they and tenants had made. Last year the weather was dreadful and visitor numbers were relatively small; this year a beautiful sunny day brought in the crowds and takings were over £800.
Our local Huntington School had its ‘Community Fun day’ on Saturday 13 July, pupils from the school’s Wilberforce House were raising money for us with ‘Splat the rat’ and a ‘Coin drop’ – another warm, sunny day.
The ever popular ‘Dragon Boat Challenge’, organised by the Rotary Club of York every year in the centre of York on the river Ouse, was another reason to put up a Wilberforce fundraising stall on 14 July. Another warm, sunny day for the volunteers who ran a stall selling donated jewellery.