Looe Saves the Day festival reaches £30,000 target
Organisers of the “Looe Saves the Day” festival have praised the incredible generosity of local businesses and individual residents whose donations mean that the initial £30,000 target has been met just 48 hours after the launch of the fund raising campaign – well within the deadline. While this means that a community led festival can now go ahead, the group needs to raise at least another £10,000 to cover the costs of providing additional safety arrangements identified at a meeting of key partners on Friday.
“We have been overwhelmed by the response of the local community” said the Mayor of Looe and Cornwall Councillor Armand Toms. “We have received more than £13, 000 in pledges on our crowd funding page, as well as donations from businesses and local residents, and earlier today an individual gave us a significant donation which enabled us to meet our £30,000 target.
“We are incredibly grateful for the donations we have already received but need people to continue to support us as we need to raise at least £40,000 to ensure that we keep everyone safe – so please keep those donations coming.”
Work is well underway on drawing up the event management and traffic plans required to stage the event, and in pulling together an exciting programme of bands and artists to perform over the three day festival from 21 to 23 September.
A multi agency meeting involving representatives of the police and Cornwall Council was held on Friday to discuss the proposed arrangements for staging the event. While the meeting supported the overall plans for the festival in principle, the organisers have been asked to include some additional actions to ensure the safety of all those taking part, both on the main stage and on the streets of the town. It is the cost of providing these additional safety arrangements which has increased the fund raising target to £40,000.
“Based on the fantastic response from the local community we are confident we will be able to meet this new target and, hopefully, raise even more to help us provide a wider range of bands and musicians” said Cornwall Councillor and Looe Saves the Day organiser Edwina Hannaford.
“As we said previously we will be publishing the accounts to show where every penny raised has been spent. Any surplus will be used to benefit the local community – either by supporting a community festival next year or another local project. We will be seeking the views of the local community before any decision is made”.
The reduced scale of the festival means that the organisers will be working closely with the police and other partners to manage the numbers attending the event. We will aim to try and give priority to those who bought tickets for the original festival and the local community.
“We are very excited that, thanks to the support from the people of Looe, we will be able to stage our Looe Saves the Day Festival” said Armand Toms.
“We are enormously grateful to everyone who is supporting us – from the businesses who have offered us staging, lighting and PA equipment and financial sponsorship, the artists who are offering to play for free or reduced fees, the individual residents who have designed our Looe Saves the Day logo and are running our Facebook pages and website, as well as those donating money to our fund raising campaign.” .
Further updates on the arrangements for the festival will be posted on the Looe Saves the Day Facebook page and the Looe Saves the Day events page, as well as on the website as they are confirmed so please watch out for details. The contact details are firstname.lastname@example.org and www.looesavestheday.co.uk.