Last year, we took on the challenge of raising money to get Christmas lights in Welling Town centre. Initially, a lot of people weren't interested and some thought it was a waste of money, but we managed to build a bit of momentum and we were able team up with CC Events to create the Welling Sparkle and light 53 of our lamp posts!
Everyone we spoke to loved it and we would really like to have this great community event again this year, so we have teamed up with CC Events again, who will be putting on the Welling Sparkle and Progressive Welling will be raising money for the Christmas lights.
We know this year has been tough for a lot of businesses and people, so we don't want people to feel they have to give if they cannot afford it, but we hope that those who are able to will step up and do all they can to help make Welling get that festive feel again this Christmas.
Bexley Council have given a £2,500 grant for Welling Town Centre to help improve footfall and this year, we will be putting this towards the festive event with Christmas lights. Local businesses and groups are getting involved with sponsorship but we would also like to invite our community to participate through this crowdfunding campaign. Your pledges, large or small, will make a difference to what we can organise for the Welling community. Our fundraising target is £5,000 and this includes crowdfunding page fees of 3% on the target raised + VAT + 1.67% card transaction fee per donation. This will enable us bring some sparkle to Welling this year. If we break through the target and achieve more we can look at having even MORE lights.
Sponsorship options proved popular last year and we are offering them again this year:
Donations of £50 or more
For a donation of £50 or more, you business name and logo will be added to our thank you image, which will be shared across our social media platforms throughout the Crowdfunder campaign and right up until New Year. The image will also be made into large stickers that will be put on most of the festively lit lamp posts as they were last year.
Donations of £170 or more
For a donation of £170 or more, you will be able to sponsor a whole lamp post and business name and logo will be made into a large sticker to put on a lamp post of your choice. It will also be added to our thank you image, which will be shared across our social media platforms throughout the Crowdfunder campaign and right up until New Year.
Donations of £10 or more
Like last year, we have supporter window stickers for everyone who donated £10 or more to the campaign.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!
Who is organising the Christmas campaign?
The community group Progressive Welling is organising the campaign, supported by the local councillors.
Shouldn’t the council be providing Christmas lights?
Local authorities across the country have the same problems with the need to make savings to preserve essential services. Whether or not we raise the money ourselves will not affect the council’s position, so we may as well try to provide the lights as they won’t happen otherwise. The council provides a grant of £2,500 to each town centre within the borough to support town centres - historically this money has been used by the local Welling business forum (independent of the Council) to fund the Christmas lights.
Will I be able to see what the money is spent on?
Yes, a full breakdown of exactly what is purchased, how much it costs and who it has been purchased from or provided by, will be obtainable from Progressive Welling.
Can anyone donate?
Absolutely! Please spread the word to all who may be interested, including people with Welling connections past and present. You don’t have to live in Welling to contribute.
Can my donation be anonymous?
Yes this option is available.
Do I have to give online through the Crowdfunder?
No, you can either pay in through your own online banking, or go into your local bank to pay money in. Details are:
If you prefer to pay into a bank or through online banking, please make payment to:
Account name : Welling Town Partnership
Sort code : 30-90-76
Account number : 02858406
Reference : PW Lights
I can't afford to give much, is it worth it?
Absolutely, yes. If everyone in Welling gives something, however small, we can easily reach our target. It’s all the contributions added together that makes a decent total. We can’t do it with the support of just a few donors, however generous – reaching the target will require a large number of us all to do our bit.