HOPE’s attendance at the annual South Yorkshire Festival has been hailed a success after raising £343 at this year’s event.
The festival is organised and hosted at Wortley Hall in Barnsley and this is the second year that the Charity has had a stall at the event.
The charity has a special association with Wortley Hall as its Tree of Hope is planted in the grounds of the property and is a place where families can come to remember their lost loved ones.
This year the tombola on the HOPE stall raised an incredible three times the amount raised the previous year. Further donations were also made by members of the public to support the work of the organisation in helping people who have had loved ones killed in a road traffic collision, fire or drowning or witnessed such traumatic events.
As the charity’s preventative approach to road safety begins to expand, this year’s event also provided information and resources for families about keeping young children safer on the roads, promoting the “Be Bright, Be Seen” and cycle safety messages. The new road safety classroom session for young people aged 13-18 years, which is being offered to pupils not in mainstream education, was also advertised.
Oliver, HOPE’s trained therapy dog was on hand throughout the day to greet people visiting the stall and he enjoyed lots of petting and attention.
Charity Operations Manager, Maryann, thanked staff and volunteers who worked on the stall at the event, running the tombola and talking with members of the public. “We’d also like to thank our sponsors for their generous contributions. Without their help we would not be able to raise the money which is so vital to our continued operation or reach out to so many people to make them aware of the charity and the services we offer.”
Supporters for the event included the Leopold Hotel in Sheffield, who provided the top prize of an overnight stay for 2 people at the hotel. BrightKidz contributed a selection of hi vis items to give away and the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership donated road safety literature. YourEventCover, specialist marquee hire company, supplied the gazebo for the stall, which kept the team dry when the rain started to fall in the late afternoon.
“It was great to see so many people at the event.” said Jo, HOPE’s Peer support facilitator. “We had a fantastic response from the public and I’d like to thank them for coming along to see us and donating to our cause. We hope to be back again next year and have an even bigger and better stall.”
At HOPE we provide free and unlimited support to people bereaved or affected by traumatic events such as road traffic collisions, fires or drowning. We support children and adults of all ages, from all backgrounds.
HOPE has been supporting people since 2006. We are an inclusive group; our loss is what brings us together. We support you and your family in your time of need, for however long you need.