Grotto fundraiser forced to can­cel

Northern Outlook - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - EMMA DANGER­FIELD

Or­gan­is­ers of the pop­u­lar Ashgrove School Santa’s Grotto have made the dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to can­cel this year’s event due to a lack of sup­port.

Grotto com­mit­tee chair Vanessa Chap­man said it was hugely dis­ap­point­ing given the amount of work which had al­ready gone in to or­gan­is­ing it, how­ever with­out enough sup­port, both from the school and wider com­mu­nity, it was just not fea­si­ble.

‘‘Part of the rea­son is that we have just not been able to es­tab­lish the size of com­mit­tee we’ve had in the past,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s one of the big­gest an­nual fundrais­ers for the school so it does take a lot of or­gan­is­ing.’’

The com­mit­tee is nor­mally hard at work from Fe­bru­ary to De­cem­ber to pull of the 10-day event, how­ever with num­bers dwin­dling from 12 to five it was prov­ing too much for the re­main­ing mem­bers.

‘‘We need about 10 peo­ple to make fort­nightly or monthly meet­ings, but we also had dif­fi­culty getting spon­sor­ship and fund­ing this year. Once it be­comes too stress­ful you have to be re­al­is­tic about it.’’

Chap­man re­mained op­ti­mistic about the fu­ture, pro­vided more peo­ple came on board.

The grotto has raised close to $60,000 for the school over the five years it has been run­ning, as well as at­tract­ing an es­ti­mated 25,000 peo­ple in that time.

MATTHEW SALMONS

There will be no Santa’s grotto for Ashgrove School this year due to a lack of sup­port.

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