Charities encouraged to sign up for Wokingham May FayreBy Victoria Smith
April 17, 2012
Charities are being encouraged to sign up to Wokingham May Fayre and boost their fundraising efforts.
The annual event organised by Wokingham Lions Club is getting closer and volunteers are reporting more than 100 organisations, including clubs, charities and businesses, have already requested a stall.
Andy Slay, fundraising chairman with the Lions, encouraged charities to come forward and get involved with the May Fayre, as organisations raise on average £500 during the day.
He said: “We are hoping it will be the biggest May Fayre yet.”
The Lions will take over the town centre on Monday, May 7, with stalls snaking along Denmark Street and in Market Place, as well as entertainment along Broad Street, Peach Street and on Elms Field.
Families can expect singing, dancing, performing and games, as well as trampolines.
Mr Slay said: “It is all coming together very nicely. The whole initiative behind it is to provide a cheap day out for the family.
“We do the May Fayre with three things in mind – firstly to raise money for charities, secondly to give small local charities the opportunity to raise money for themselves by bringing people into the town and thirdly to give the town a sense of community spirit alongside other major events, like the Winter Carnival and Diamond Jubilee party.”
Wokingham Lions Club has decided not to hold the balloon race for a second year after concerns were raised about the impact on wildlife.
Some activities at the May Fayre do incur a small charge, but entry to the event is free.
The event will take place on Monday, May 7, from 10am to 5pm.
To sign up for a stall, visit www.wokinghamlions.org.uk