The objectives for the day were to raise awareness of MND and to raise funds to support people with MND. As part of the fundraising 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, Vom Fass, Lakeland, Occitane, Pia, Miles Mann, Topping Booksellers, Bath Compact Disc, Shannon, Melanie Giles, Raisin Fine Wines, Great Western Wines, Prior Park Garden Centre, M&S, Sainsbury’s, plus lots of private donations.
In addition, we sold various items including MND Christmas puddings, and some beautiful hand painted Christmas cards donated by an art club known to Olive of Winsley support group.
Every year Bath Tourism allocate a variety of charities a chalet for a day at the Bath Christmas Market. Our MNDA group for Bristol, Bath, Weston and Winsley was lucky enough to be allocated Saturday 1 December, and what a day it was! Firstly, the weather was kind, the floods had abated, and the crowds were large and in festive mood. In fact, an article in the Bath Chronicle stated that it was the busiest day in the market’s 11 year history with an estimated 24,000 visitors. There were 140 coaches from all over England and Wales, with some coming from as far afield as Yorkshire.
Many volunteers worked on the stall in shifts to make it a success, from the opening at 10.00 until close at 21.00 that night, and it was busy from start to finish. The organisers of the market commented that it was the best looking charity stand of the year! Everyone deserves a big thank you but in particular we have to highlight Lucy Etheridge and Sarah Hampton from National Office who gave up part of their weekend to travel down and help out. Thank you very much!
All in all, an excellent day, helping to raise awareness of MND, and raising funds of just over £1,300 (and £601 alone was in £1 coins and hand delivered to the bank – and that was one heavy bag!).
Thanks again to all the helpers, and we are already looking forward to next year.