Carnival funds lend a hand
PUBLISHED: 14:24 27 January 2009 | UPDATED: 21:40 31 May 2010
PROCEEDS from the 2008 Saffron Walden Carnival have been issued to the first batch of successful applicants. The final amount raised by the Saffron Walden Round Table from the event in July last year was a staggering £65,000, smashing all previous records
PROCEEDS from the 2008 Saffron Walden Carnival have been issued to the first batch of successful applicants.
The final amount raised by the Saffron Walden Round Table from the event in July last year was a staggering £65,000, smashing all previous records.
And a number charities and good causes will have received a donation or a pledge of support from the organisation.
Round Table chairman, Nick Head, said: "It was always our goal to donate £50,000 to 50 different charities this year as we celebrate our 50th anniversary. I am immensely proud we have achieved this tremendous target.
"Donations ranged between a small request for equipment to larger pledges and grants to assist with major projects, sporting equipment, repairs and reparations to club houses, halls - all servicing Saffron Walden and its community."
Carnival chairman Eamon McCourt said: "In the current economic climate we are very aware that many of our local businesses and charitable organisations are feeling the pinch. This has made those good causes reliant on charitable donations desperately short of vital financial support.
"Many of these charities are manned by community-spirited people who often give up their time willingly, and we are delighted to be able to at least offer some funds to support their great work for our community."
All of the charities that entered a float in the carnival procession have also received a grant, while the committee is also considering a few of the later applications. Funds from the carnival also provided Christmas parcels to over 100 of the town's pensioners.
Mr McCourt added: "Round Table is eternally grateful for the support of Saffron Walden, and are pleased that such a happy event has an equally happy ending.