What an amazing event by Axminster’s “Light up Axminster” in aid of raising funds for community’s Christmas lights. I first made contact after I was approached by Cindy Furse who runs the group and organised the idea and was bringing together activities. I decided being involved would be a great opportunity to gain exposure for the 70/30 campaign. After speaking with Sara and spinning off idea after idea we came up with decorating cupcakes, arts and crafts and face painting. I do have to say Sara was amazing and arranged all that we needed to cover the 2 days. I’d like to think her inner child.

Day 1: First day of the Big Picnic. Emily and I laid out all our cupcakes and decorations and let the young people loose and what a hit it was! We were completely packed. We were stationed between the spit roast pig and the outside bar which I initially thought would be awkward, but really didn’t make a difference. In fact, I hardly noticed for all the cake crumbs and icing. The kids pigged out and then hyperly skipped over to the enormous bouncy castle! We asked for donations and made about £6.75 pence – shame, but it wasn’t really the point, as we were making our presence known. A great evening was had by all.

Day 2: Again, Emily and I had our Arts and crafts stall plus face painting. Sadly our original face painter pulled out so we had to advertise for a replacement. In the end my Ex partner did an hour and a friend did the rest. Noah set the trend by having his face painted like a tiger and looking just great! The chair was never empty; butterflies, lions and tigers… they all looked amazing! Emily and I concentrated on our community poster with arts and crafts and, as the day progressed, it turned into an amazing piece of work with so many talented children full of expression getting involved.

“It was incredible to see so many happy faces filled with such pride. The day was incredible – a buzz with excitement; there was a constant supply of children, some coming for the first time, others returning two or three times!”

We lead an extra stall with material on 70/30 that people browsed over, flicking through leaflets whilst engaging in odd conversations about the Campaign.I now feel confident that our next meeting there will bring a few newbies along. After the event, we made the local paper and our we’re thrilled to say our art work made a massive impact on the community and now takes pride of place in the local Co Op for all to see. Success!

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