A record number of visitors came to the Swanage Carnival in 2019, despite the chain ferry being out of action, enabling £28,000 to be donated to 26 good causes, the organisers have revealed.
The cash was handed out at a presentation evening at the Purbeck House Hotel, attended by the chosen organisations, the Swanage Carnival committee and the Friends of Swanage Carnival.
One of the lucky recipients was St Mary’s Catholic Primary School who received a cheque of £3,500 towards an outdoor learning cabin.
Carnival volunteer, Kevin Langdon commented:
“A huge part of the Swanage Carnival is to raise money for charitable causes locally, and this project is a perfect example of how we put that money to good use.”
The organisers add that the carnival could not continue to run without the help and support from the community including all the individuals and businesses who contribute.
Carnival chairperson for 2019, Maria Foot said:
“We made a real effort to find some new events for Carnival 2019, attending other shows and searching online for new ideas. Our volunteers’ hard work paid off and we succeeded in finding a number of new events including two air displays, Bubblina and the Bubble Wizzard and The Black Eagles Acrobatic Display Team.”
All these new events were very well received and we believe they helped enhance the number of people who visited the town during the week.”Carnival chairperson for 2019, Maria Foot