In the past, our lamp-posts and Christmas tree have been Council-funded, boosted by donations and fund-raising efforts by Didsbury Traders Association, while the switch-on is run by volunteers. In these days of budget squeezes, Council funding has been severely reduced. As for Traders, it tends to be the small independents that dig deep; from donations and decorations, to free snacks at the switch-on. The big boys? Not so much – and believe us, we’ve asked! Banks, supermarkets, coffee chains and similar take money out of our high streets and give little or nothing back. 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.
Please spare a bit of change for Didsbury’s Christmas Fund – you’ll see collection tins in some shops in Didsbury Village, or you can donate online via Paypal.
You know what to do. Didsbury needs you.