Wellington Carnival presented nearly £3,500 raised from the Street Fair and Carnival to local groups and charities at their presentation evening last month.
Carnival Committee Chair Dave Rylatt said, “We were delighted that over 50 people attended the presentation, and are also grateful to our hosts, Wellington Bowling Club. Money from the traditional collection continues to decrease year by year but the hard-working committee managed to raise funds elsewhere.”
“We are pleased that our two charities for 2016, Seeability and Selworthy School, received cheques for £500. Smaller donations were made to West Buckland Church, Somerset Red Arrow Majorettes, Wellington Scouts, The Lily Foundation, Genesis Youth Theatre, Madge Covey, Rotary Club, Reminiscence Learning, Wellington Silver Band, High Park Singers, Wiveliscombe Wind Band, Court Fields Karate, Skintight Samba, Bollywood Dancers and St.John Ambulance.”
Carnival Secretary Louise Brierley added, “We also gave donations to the PTA groups for Wellesley Park, Rockwell Green and Beech Grove Schools in return for them selling novelties at the end of the school day and before Carnival. The three schools combined managed to sell over £1,000 of novelty toys. However, only money from sales of toys by Carnival actually reaches local groups and charities; any sales by unofficial sellers sadly go out of our town and county and do not benefit any of our local organisations that work so hard.”
Dave Rylatt acknowledged the work of individuals and groups that added both funds and support to Carnival. He said, “During the presentation, Carnival received a cheque for £500 from Wellington Majorettes – the result of them taking our newly refurbished Santa float to villages and towns just before Christmas. This played an important part in the final funds available for donations. My particular thanks to Dawn and Anth Odgers for their planning and supervising the float’s tour which visited over 1,000 children in Sampford Peverell, West Buckland, Uffculme, Cullompton, and Willand. Our thanks also go to our Carnival Queen and Princesses for presenting the cheques and to Alan Waterman for the photography.”