CARNIVAL 2017: Please dig deep for Bridgwater Carnival collection
BRIDGWATER Carnival organisers are urging the tens of thousands of people who will line the procession route on Saturday (November 4, 2017) night to dig deep for charity.
Charities and local community groups who havebenefited by working with the Carnival in 2017 include 1st Curry Rivel & Drayton Girl Guides: Bridgwater & Albion Youth RFC; Bridgwater Hospital League of Friends; Bridgwater Rotary Club; Bridgwater Sea Cadets; Bridgwater Swimming Club; Bridgwater Talking Newspaper; Cancer Research UK; Cannington Pantomime Society; CLIC Sargent; The Elliot’s Touch Fund; Bridgwater & District Mencap; Mix Youth Project; Rhode Lane Wanderers JFC; Robert Blake Science College; Ron Peberdy Cyberknife Trust; Taunton Association for the Homeless; Towards Tomorrow Together; Young Musical Theatre Company.
But Bridgwater Carnival is so reliant on the generosity of the general public as to what it can give out to local groups and organisations.
Last year’s collection at Bridgwater Carnival was not a success with the total raised nosediving to £21,249 – a drop of £5,498 from 2015.
A Carnival spokesman said: “Bridgwater Carnival collections benefit both the Carnival and local charities, this income is vital to keep the Carnival alive. We have collectors with tins and collection carts in the procession for you to throw your money in.
“Charities and local community groups are selected each year to benefit from the carnival collection, the main criteria being that any monies collected should be used to benefit local people and provide collectors for Carnival night.
“Charities or groups who collect receive a share of the amount they collect, so the harder they work the more they benefit.”
If people would like to donate via mobile phone can do by texting BGFC12 to 70070 followed by £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10.
Organisers are keen to surpass last year’s disappointing total of £21,249 and would dearly love to crack the £30,000 barrier, although it is a tall order, having only twice done so before, back in 2004 and 2006 with £30,541 and £30,701 respectively.
Recent Bridgwater Carnival Collections are as follows: 2000 £19,312; 2001 £25,441; 2002 £23,438; 2003 £27,915; 2004 £30,541; 2005 £28,919; 2006 £30,701; 2007 £27,993; 2008 £26,941; 2009 £24,284; 2010 £21,446; 2011 £21,114; 2012 £24,581; 2013 £20,834; 2014 £23,739; 2015 £26,747; 2016 £21,249.