Harvest Fest raises funds for Macmillan Cancer Support

Presenting the cheque
Presenting the cheque

A private charity fundraising event saw a good turn out of attendees, who came to help raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Harvest Fest saw three live bands and a DJ perform, and also featured a raffle to support the charity.

Stuart Gerrett, event organiser, said: “We were well attended by a good number of Midhurst locals and bands, but chiefly, we were very gifted by the support of a number of local businesses and individuals that enabled us to hold the event at a low enough cost level to generate profits for this deserved charity.

“We even had a lady have her hair shaved!

“We managed to reach a handsome sum of £1,500 pure profit for Macmillan Cancer Support after all deductions, plus some well filled shakers in one night.

“Very sadly we lost a close friend to cancer recently, which deeply inspired me to focus attention on raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

“Keen to give my first fundraising experience a whole heart, and endeavour to give back the most respectable sum I could to these wonderful people, the concept was born. A brilliant one night festival of live bands, DJs, lights, food, fun and enjoyment where all proceeds go to charity.

“Giving myself the challenge of but two months to organise and host the event, would see the target date toward the end of September, lending itself, and so the name, perfectly to the apt title ‘Harvest Fest’.

“During the setup process we unfortunately got word of further bad news, my wife being diagnosed with cancer for the first time at 35. Even more reason to make the evening a success for Macmillan!

“With the help, charity and support of some truly amazing people we managed to secure everything from venue and raffle prizes, through to some quality entertainment, well within budget and on time.

“The primary cash generators were from the bar and raffle, seeing prizes such as a weekend break in the New Forest for two, four for golf at Cowdray Golf Club and even a one on one polo lesson by a pro amongst many others.

“Much merriment was had by all in good attendance, and so I am pleased to say the event was a huge success. Generating a massive £2,000 after costs for this deserved cause in just a few hours.

“I am so glad to have been able to positively contribute toward combatting such a vicious illness.”

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