Weelsby Woods Gala Fun

THE Friends Around Weelsby are champion fundraisers.

Supporters of the residents’ group helped raise money to take children to the pantomime at Grimsby Auditorium in December by taking part in games and buying goods at stalls.

They organised a gala fun day in Weelsby Woods, Grimsby, which included archery delivered by GHoPA, boxing, cake stalls and tug-of-war competition. The family event was officially opened by The Mayor of North East Lincolnshire, Councillor Cliff Barber, who was joined by the MP for Grimsby, Melanie Onn, and ward councillors for Heneage, Councillors Matthew Patrick and Ros James.

They praised the organisers, Stella Rush, chairman of the group, and treasurer, Pat Beck.  The Mayor said: “I do hope it will become an annual event as the money raised, not only today but other events, will go towards local children attending the Christmas pantomime at the auditorium.

“A big thank you to everyone who has been involved in making it a success.”  Councillor James said: “They are a relatively new group. A lot of hard work has gone into it and it deserves to be a success.”  Councillor Patrick said: “It is fantastic. From the start, it was surprising how much was added to all the attractions.”

Treasurer Pat Beck said: “It is the end of the summer holidays and nice for all the families to get together before going back to school. None of it costs much as we wanted to make it affordable to families and all the money will be spent locally.”  Chairman Stella Rush said: “The cakes have been flying off the table and we sold most of them within the first half an hour. It is good to know all the money will be going to subsidise the pantomime trip and people know the money is staying in Grimsby.”