PRESS RELEASE: Barnardo’s fun-day raises big money

our Shrewsbury funeral home organised a fun-day

Co-op Funeralcare in Shrewsbury organised a fun-day to raise money for their local Barnardo’s charity.

The event, which took place towards the end of last month, had a large number of people drop by for the hog roast meal, cake and sweet stalls.

Attractions included tombolas, raffles and even Simon Airey, the famous “animal man” brought along some of his reptilian friends for entertainment.

Rupert Hill, Funeral Arranger at Co-operative Funeralcare Sutton Farm, said: “We were worried when we opened at 11am that there wouldn’t be many people, but as the day wore on we had a fantastic turnout and were overwhelmed by the support of the community.

“Being a locally-based charity, it was fantastic to be able to do something that supports their brilliant cause. We’d like to thank everyone for coming along and making it such a successful day.”

The fun-day raised £580 for the Barnardo’s charity, and attendees included members of the local community and even the Mayor and Mayoress of the town.

Other attractions for the day included a horse-drawn carriage where people could ride around the block for a small donation, and a limosine filled with balloons. People guessed the number in the car for the chance to win a hamper full of treats.

Rupert also contacted neighbouring publican Mike Simpson, of the Charles Darwin pub, to see if he could help support the event.

Mike Simpson added: “The Co-op Funeralcare team got in touch with me after hearing about other successful events we’d hosted in the past. I was more than happy to get on board for such a fantastic cause.

“I arranged for three live bands to entertain the adults, while I hired a bouncy castle and slide to keep the children happy. It was a brilliant effort, and we were thrilled with the money we managed to raise.”

Shrewsbury fundraising day

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