Festival Fundraising Report

Reported at January 2015 Open Meeting.

It has been another good year for fundraising activities and events.

It has been good to see even more new volunteers joining us at these events as the more people involved the easier the days run.  The weather has not been as kind to us at festivals as last year and those people who were there on the Saturday at Whaley Bridge will remember getting very wet indeed.  This was the first time for many years that one tombola lasted 2 days.  It has also been good having more support in the preparation of the goods for sale prior to the events and the range of goods and activities available has increased yet again and we now have a regular clientele at many events.


We have attended 5 events and festivals this year. (2013)
Whaley Bridge 2 days  (2013 takings £1,109)               2014   £545
Marple Carnival  (2013 takings £457)                            2014   £690
Locks festival – (2013 takings £656)                               2014   N/A
Food Fair – (2013 takings £1185)                                    2014 £1348
Christmas Cracker – (2013 takings £960)                      2014 £1458
Total 2013  £4027                                                             2014 £4,041.61

Jams, Jellies, Marmalades and Chutneys

This year we have had 41 different types of produce, made 586 jars and used 319lbs of sugar.  
The freezers are full and we are ready to start the process again for the 2015 season.

 Knitting and soft toys etc.

It is good that there are still a  number of people contributing in this area and it continues to be a steady part of the shop trade as well as at events an festivals.  We did exceptionally well in this area at Cracker and are now in the process of replenishing stock.


The football game continues to be popular, with the youngsters (and the not so young)  this year it has averaged over £100 an outing and contributes significantly to festival totals.  Thanks go to Tony who continues to turn up dressed as a referee and run  the game for us.


We continue to do well every time we go out with a Tombola, this is down to the generosity of volunteers and Marple Traders, in prizes donated and time to actually run the stall as well as the time spent by Bob and Peter labelling and Bob folding tickets.

Thanks also go to the people of Marple who visit our stalls, support our fundraising and don’t forget us when other opportunities for gaining additional funds arise.

Boat sales

The shop on the boat continues to work well with most of the sales being at the weekends or with family groups.  In 2014 we added to the range of stock on board, this increased the smaller items we have available and made the general display more attractive.

Float the Boat

This is a scheme where you can sponsor a slice of the boat, a full slice is £20 pa which gift aided is £25.60,  a half slice is £10 which gift aided is £12.80, we have an annual draw in which sponsors can win  a free trip on the boat.  Shares are still available.

Easy Fundraising

SCBT is registered with Easy Fundraising, this site allows businesses to donate a small % to the Charity when you shop online with them.
Currently our cause donations stand at £73.26, however Bob and I are £69 of this, we only have 5 supporters registered on line, a few more would help.


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