At the beginning of December we held out annual Christmas fair, this time in the centre of town at the Jubilee church. We were kept busy and entertained all day, with a Santa's Grotto, lots of stalls, and an arts table for kids, and made nearly £700 despite the constant drizzle making punters a bit thin on the ground.
Other fundraising efforts in December included a stall at Cottingham Xmas Market, which raised £120, and a carol singing event in the town centre which raised an absolutely amazing £400. This has gone to Calais Refugee Aid to help refugee familes with young children in Calais and Dunkirk.
In January we were working again with the marvellous Abid Pervez from Calais Refugee Aid who regularly transports aid over to Calais and Dunkirk, filling a van with donations.
In February more donations taken to a collection organised by Compassionate Lincoln to go from there to Calais, and also to Lesvos in March. This large car load of donations included bags and bags full of 'seconds' donated by Mountain Warehouse. Beautiful warm coats, thermals and shoes. And a fundraising birthday party for Gill raised more than enough to be worth the hangovers. We also restarted our regular car boots at Waltons Street, now the weather is a bit less awful.
Another 50 banana boxes were filled with donations for another convoy to Greece organised by Hope and Aid Direct at the start of March. Also in March two of our volunteers, John and Juliet, have made another trip across the channel taking donations of blankets, sleeping bags, food, scarves, gloves, and clean socks and 335€ to Care4Calais. We are also raising money for Care4Calais by selling adorable t-shirts featuring Paddington Bear. They are £12 each and we are taking orders on facebook.
Some of our volunteers were in London with Hull and East Yorkshire and Doncaster Stand Up To Racism for the international day of protests against racism, antisemitism and Islamophobia on Saturday 16th March.
Looking forward, our 6th musical fundraiser is being held at Kardomah94 on May 15th, featuring: the wonderful drum beats of Hull Samba, the best uke band in the East Riding The Assembly Line and the fantastic bluesy sounds of Chequered Past. Tickets are £7.50, it's always a very popular evening so get your tickets soon.
And our spring fair will be held at Church on the Way on Prince Avenue this year. It's a wonderful big hall, so room for lots of stalls and lots and lots of CAKE! Saturday 11th May.