Funding call for St George’s Day parade

jpco 30-4-14 St George's Day Parade in Crawley (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140428-123014001
jpco 30-4-14 St George's Day Parade in Crawley (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140428-123014001

The organisers of the town’s St George’s Day parade are calling on residents to help fund the event.

A crowd-funding page has been set up in an attempt to raise £5,000 for the parade, which is scheduled to wind its way through the town centre on Sunday April 19.

The parade, which was launched in 2012 is run entirely by volunteers and has become one of the highlights of the town’s social calendar.

Until now, the organising committee has relied on grants from outlets such as the county council’s Community Initiative Funds.

Chairman Laura Moffatt said the idea of raising cash via crowd-funding would allow the community to feel they had played a real part in organising a community event.

She added: “It’s about new methods of fundraising.

“It gives us more legitimacy because more people can give us a few pounds to set this up – and that feels like the right thing to do, especially with something like the parade in Crawley.”

Richard Miller, secretary of the committee, said: “We have to find funding to continue with the Crawley St George’s Day Cultural Parade.

“This is important that we demonstrate that we can be proudly English and include all those that live in our English town and that we can celebrate in a peaceful and enjoyable way.

“Being English is a good thing so let’s show everybody.”

As well as funding, the committee is on the look-out for volunteers to help out on the day. Stewards are needed from 10am-2pm but help will also be needed from 8am-4pm.

If you can help, call Laura on 01293 530585.

To contribute to the fund, log on to www.crowdfunder.co.uk and search for crawly-st-georges-day.