Help us light up Didsbury in 2019!
If Didsbury’s going to continue to be the best and most Cristmassy part of town, we need to act now.
In the past, our lamp-posts, Christmas trees and switch-ons have been Council-funded, using local neighbourhood budgets, boosted by Didsbury Traders Association’s financial contributions and fundraising efforts.
In these days of budget squeezes, Council funding is severely reduced. As ever, it tends to be the small independent businesses who always dig deep; from cash donations and outdoor decorations, to providing free snacks at the switch-on.
The big boys? Not so much – and believe us, we’ve asked!
There are some notable exceptions – we’re grateful to PJ Livesey and Siemens for their 2018 donations – but the banks, supermarkets, coffee chains and similar take money out of our high streets and put nothing back. Some might have a ‘community fund’ of about £50 a year, others just refer you to ‘Head Office’ (who never reply).
Think back to the last local raffle you entered. Who donated the prizes? The independents.
Our wonderful village switch-on celebration is organised by Jayne Crawshaw and Didsbury Community Association. The event completely relies on volunteers like Didsbury Blues, the fire service, schools, councillors and performers.
Christmas in Didsbury is on a tightrope, held up by goodwill and small business. As it is, it’s not sustainable.
So what can we do about it?
Plenty! If Christmas is to look the part in 2019, we need to pull together to to achieve it. Although costs are part-subsidised by the City Council’s contractors Amey, we still need to find £8,000 for lamp-posts, trees and decorations.
This is about more than just rattling a collection tin (though every little helps!): we’d like meaningful collaboration and constructive community engagement, because Christmas belongs to all of us. We can’t do this on our own.
Please spare a bit of change for Didsbury’s Christmas Fund – you’ll see collection tins in some shops in Didsbury Village.
Would you like to become a become a Light Up Didsbury 2019 Partner? Sponsor a bauble for £300 to see your name on a Didsbury Christmas wall.
Got any good ideas? Skills we can use? Experience of raising sponsorship?
You know what to do. Didsbury needs you.