Bath Christmas Market
We were lucky enough to be allocated a chalet again by Bath Tourism at the Bath Christmas Market; this time we were there for the day on Tuesday 10th December. Someone was smiling on us because the day was fine, and although crisp, wasn’t too cold and the rain stayed away. We wondered just how busy a Tuesday would be, but we needn’t have worried. It wasn’t the mad crush of the Saturday that we had in our first year at the market, but there was a steady stream of keen visitors who we enticed to our stall. The market seems to go from strength to strength and Bath Council stated that they estimated it brought something of the order of £20 million into Bath. What is certainly noticeable is that visitors come from far and wide.
The objectives for the day were to raise awareness of MND and to raise funds to support people with MND. As part of the fund raising we ran a Tombola, and a number of local shops and stores very kindly donated handsome prizes that made it a success, namely: Bath Aqua Glass, House of Bears, Lakeland, Pia, Miles Mann, Topping Booksellers, Bath Compact Disc, Shannon, Melanie Giles, Raisin Fine Wines, Prior Park Garden Centre, M&S, Sainsbury’s, plus lots and lots of private donations (thank you everyone). In addition, we sold various MND items including Christmas cards (we even had a few MND Christmas puddings left over from last year – yes they were still well within the sell-by date).
Many volunteers worked on the stall in shifts during the day to make it a success, from the opening at 10.00 until close at 19.00 that night and it was busy from start to finish. Everyone deserves a big thank you, and everyone who participated enjoyed themselves.
All in all a very good day, helping to raise awareness of MND, and raising funds of just over £760 (again I descended into Lloyds bank with a very heavy bag of coins – and once again I have to say that the staff were very accommodating in helping me to count, sort, and bank the cash). Thanks again to all the helpers, and we are hopeful we can repeat the success again next year.
Marks and Spencers, Bath
In addition to the efforts of team BBWW at the Christmas market, a team of eight high-spirited volunteers packed bags for hordes of Christmas shoppers at Marks & Spencer’s in Bath on Sunday 22 December.
With bundles of stamina, the troopers were on their feet for three hours and raised a fantastic £657 for their efforts!
Bleadon Sugarcraft Show
Earlier in December, we attended the Bleadon Sugarcraft Show at the Winter Gardens, Weston-super-Mare.
As the official charity for the day, volunteers stocked a table with cards, puddings, cakes and treats to sell.
The hand-painted BBWW Gromit (pictured) went down well and helped to raise £218 over the course of the day.
The Bleadon Sugarcraft Club donated a further £500 from the show to the MND Bristol, Bath, Weston and Winsley Group at a presentation on Thursday 23rd January. Thank you!