of the
Good Shepherd
Parish fundraiser raises over £7,000 in four hours
By Sarah Benedek, first time organiser for the event
On 25 November 2017, the community of the Good Shepherd held its annual Christmas Fair. This parish-wide occasion was well attended, with over 1200 visitors passing through the doors between 10.30am-2.30pm. It raised a tremendous £7,277.39 profit, which was an increase of £2,597 or 55% more than the 2016 profit.

The fair was graciously opened by the Mayor of Gedling, Cllr Vivienne McCrossen, who replaced her robes with an apron and proceeded to cook lunch and serve refreshments for the hungry visitors. Local MP Vernon Coaker also popped in to show his support and the Notts Fire & Rescue Service stayed for several hours to show the children around their truck and pose for photos.

This parish fundraiser was designed to raise much needed funds to support the church's urgent repair programme and ITV Central News also came on the day to promote the appeal.

Although publicity and strong marketing have played an essential part in this year's success, involving more groups from around the parish has proven to be the clincher. There were scouts and guides manning stalls, Asian food baked by our Philippine and Indian community. The Children's Liturgy ran the chocolate tombola, the church's local primary head teacher invited guests to the dip into Santa's Sack while the school PTA raised a phenomenal amount on their infamous bottle tombola. Even the mayor had her sleeves up in the kitchen.

Each of these groups had family and friends to support them and resulted in the wider community engaging with this event. As with previous years, the organiser was inundated with generous donations from throughout the parish, which ensured the production costs were kept to an absolute minimum.
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