Charity event is village’s biggest

Brinsley's big Macmillan fundraiser
Brinsley's big Macmillan fundraiser

ONE of the biggest fundraising events Brinsley has ever seen will take place this weekend to mark the 100th anniversary of Macmillan Cancer support.

Organisers Debbie Graham and Denise Banks have held annual fundraising events for Macmillan for the last five years, but this year they are doing it on a much larger scale because there is no Brinsley Carnival.

Denise, who did a parachute jump for Macmillan last weekend and raised £1,000, said: “When we heard the carnival wasn’t going on we thought we would organise something that people could remember and that we could get the community involved in.”

Debbie said it would be one of the ‘biggest fundraising events in Brinsley’s history’.

“This is going to be one of the biggest fundraising events in Brinsley’s history and what we have planned is going to appeal to everyone.

“It’s a very ambitious fundraising event, but given good weather I’m confident it will all go to plan and be a real success.”

Taking place at the village’s Allandale Farm in Main Street this weekend, there will be a falconry display, mini quads, bucking bronco, mini tanks, a hog roast, car valeting, skittles, welly wanging, a rifle range, bouncy castle and barbecue.

A hot air balloon ride is the big raffle prize and up for grabs at the auction in the evening will be a helicopter lesson, a clay pigeon shoot and a Nottingham Forest executive box.

Helping the ladies organise the event are licensee of the White Lion Richard Wells and farm owners Carol and Anthony Atkins.

The committed group is aiming to double the £5,000 they normally raise at past events in pub car parks and want to try and pull in £10,000.

Denise said: “We got £5,000 last year and it would be great to double it. We’ve all lost someone to cancer and its a great cause.”

The ticket-only festival takes place between 3pm and midnight tomorrow, Saturday, August 20.

Organisers are inviting families to pay £10 for a camping pitch on the site and people wanting to run stalls should make arrangements as soon as possible.

Tickets are available from the White Lion and Brinsley Food Fayre. Or contact Debbie on 07718 918 066 or Denise on 07591 872 466.