Three Haverhill charities have collected cash raised for them by the inaugural Haverhill Summer Bash.
LampH, Haverhill Scouts and Guides and REACH were all Haverhill Arts Centre last Tuesday (September 24) to be presented their money at the town council meeting.
The council helped to organise the event, in conjunction with photographer David Doughty and local businesses, which was held on July 21.
Town clerk Will Austin said that the final amount raised by the event had yet to be totted up, although they were ready to present £2,000 to LampH and £750 each to REACH and Haverhill Scouts and Guides.
Mr Doughty said: “Next year we’re planning to have a two day event with the town council helping on the Saturday and then on the Sunday we’ll be helped out by Haverhill Rovers with that day at the New Croft and people paying an entry fee so that we raise even more money.”
Town mayor Roger André, also a committee member for LampH, said: “LampH needs about £2500 each year to meet utility costs, insurance, local charges and maintenance costs for the centre.
“Additionally the costs of equipment and transport for the LampH Club activities are met from funds.
“The money raised from the Summer Bash in 2013 will ensure that we can continue to provide facilities for users and their carers into next year.
“In the absence of funding for recent years from the Haverhill Show the committee have been concerned about depleting our modest reserves and have limited improvements to the premises. The committee is now able to plan improvements to the appearance and safety of the premises.
“The committee has already started to install finger guards on doors and is assessing other risks which can now be addressed.
“In due course further funding from the Mayors Charity Fund for 2013/14 will ensure that the centre continues to provide excellent accommodation for the Club and for the pre-school playgroup Happy Faces.
“The contribution of local businesses and organisations to the success of the event has boosted the financial support available to LampH and others.”
John Mabb, chairman of the Scouts and Guides fund raising committee, said the cash would go towards the cost of replacing the existing buildings at the groups’ Colne Valley Road headquarters.
“We’re hugely grateful for what was an amazing day and really thankful to the organisers and also the Haverhill public for supporting us,” he said.
“This will help us to get new huts in addition to our other fund raising activities.”
Henry Wilson, who runs REACH, said the charity will put the £750 towards the Foodbank.
“We’re grateful for the donation and it’s fantastic that we’ve been so valued since the launch of the Foodbank and the generosity of people never ceases to amaze me,” he said.
“For us to be alongside LampH and the Scouts is a real honour and there’s nothing like local support, which is brilliant.
“We’re naturally happy for any support and this money will go towards the Foodbank’s running costs.”
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