The 2021 Harrogate Stray Charity Bonfire raises a record amount for local charity
The Harrogate RoundTable have announced a record breaking year for donations at their 50th annual Stray Charity Bonfire and Fireworks event which was held on the Stray on Saturday 6th November. The team behind this year’s event have announced that the net proceeds to be donated to the Friends of Harrogate Hospital is a whopping £6,568.42.
John Carter of Harrogate RoundTable said
“Harrogate RoundTable would like to thank everyone who came along to enjoy the bonfire and fireworks display on the Stray. It’s the 50th year that we’ve put on the event and it was a fantastic night! As always the event was free for everyone to attend, however, we’d like to thank the Harrogate public for their generous donations to raise funds for this year’s charity The Friends of Harrogate Hospital. We also want to thank all the volunteers for their hard work over the whole weekend.”
Harrogate RoundTable want to flag the amazing generosity of everyone who donated to the GoFundMe fundraiser, those who gave cash to the bucket shakers, and those who used text to donate. If anyone missed an opportunity to donate the GoFundMe is still open and can be found by searching for GoFundMe and Harrogate Bonfire or by clicking here
Harrogate RoundTable presented the cheque for £6,568.42 to Andy Wilkinson of the Friends of Harrogate Hospital outside the entrance to Harrogate Hospital.
Andy Wilkinson of Friends of Harrogate Hospital: “The Friends of Harrogate Hospital are very grateful to Harrogate Round Table for selecting us as the beneficiary of this year’s bonfire and fireworks on the Stray. The amount raised shows thanks from the local community for the exceptional efforts of our local NHS during the Covid pandemic. The money will be devoted to purchase equipment or facilities not available from NHS resources to further improve patient care at Harrogate Hospital. The Friends continue fundraising throughout the year to support the excellent work within our hospital and in the community.”
John Carter of Harrogate Round Table: “Each year our priority is to put on a fantastic and safe bonfire and fireworks display that’s free for everyone to attend. Our second objective is to raise funds for worthy local charities and we’re delighted to have raised this sum for the Friends of Harrogate Hospital. We’d like to say a big thank you to the very generous Harrogate public!”
Having celebrated 50 years of putting on the event Harrogate RoundTable are now asking attendees, and the wider Harrogate public, for their views on how to take the event forward in future years. An online survey has been created which can be accessed from their website, Facebook page, or via the following link:
The organisers would also like to extend their gratitude to the many companies, organisations and individuals who helped make the event happen, many of whom provided goods and services for free or at heavily discounted rates. The suppliers of this year’s event included Ferrensby Fireworks, North Yorkshire Scouts, 1st Pannal Scouts, Your Harrogate, Techbuyer, Chameleon Technology, Haredata Electronics, Artus Digital Marketing, FTAV, HACS, A1 Skip Hire, Tyler Parker Photography, SEP Traffic Management, and EMS Ambulance Services.
Harrogate RoundTable is a group of local men aged 18-45 who organise charity and community events, including the annual Harrogate Beer Festival and the Stray Bonfire, as well as supporting local charity projects and meeting regularly for activities and the occasional drink. They welcome enquiries from prospective new members via their website or Facebook page.