On the 30th November 2017 Visit Falkland held the village’s second Winter Festival, bringing together the community to start the festive season together.
The festival saw a huge turnout by the community, happy crafters displaying their products and a range of activities for all the family to take part in.
Visit Falkland felt that it was important to not only raise funds for the community, but to also support another charity this year. It was decided to be Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) who go above and beyond to provide family support services for babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions through their two hospices, home support and hospital presence.
CHAS support over 400 families in Scotland, and there are a great deal more who need their support.
CHAS attended the Winter Festival and opened the event by cutting the ribbon to allow entry through the gate. Collection buckets were in place for visitors to donate, and a total of £200 was raised.
On 19th January a cheque was handed over to CHAS by the Event Coordinator, June Allan, and Chair, Stuart Pearson, to Hannah Gell, Community Fundraiser at CHAS.
Stuart Pearson said “CHAS do such amazing work for families going through difficulties which are impossible to imagine.”
“It is essential that support for them can be given whenever possible, by raising funds for the charity and promoting what they do is a gesture of the appreciation that Visit Falkland has for the tremendous amount of work they do supporting families in the local area, as well as further afield.”
“Organising events is only one aspect of the work that is done by Visit Falkland and the funds raised go back into the community, bringing the community together or improving the look and environment of the village and surrounding area. By supporting charities such as CHAS they too can provide support in the community which is much needed”
More information about CHAS can be found on their website at chas.org.uk