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Good causes enjoy early Christmas treat

Charities and good causes across Notts will enjoy free tickets to the city’s latest festive extravaganza.

Kilimanjaro, organisers of lights trail Christmas at Wollaton at Wollaton Hall & Deer Park have donated tickets to local Notts charities, to gift to the people they help, their teams and volunteers.

The Christmas donation project was announced earlier in November and the event organisers where overwhelmed with over 100 applications for tickets. The 500-ticket giveaway has been split across 26 charities who will now be able to get the chance to attend the all new spectacular festive lights trail which opens on 2nd December.

The charities and causes chosen cover a huge range of organisations specifically young people, children, elder support, domestic violence, baby loss, palliative care, LGBTQ+, all receive tickets and are from the county, Nottingham and the local area.

One charity who will be receiving tickets is Clifton Community and Family Support Group, in Clifton, who run solely on volunteers and support families who are in short term need of a helping hand. Since they started 10 years ago, they have assisted families with food, clothing, household items and toys, helped victims of fire, flood, and burglary. The charity plans to bring along volunteers and people who receive support to enjoy the festive lights installation.

Another charity who will also be receiving tickets is Forever Stars, based in Beeston, who support families who’ve suffered a stillbirth or infant loss, who are sharing tickets to the families they support.

The Nottinghamshire Deaf Society serves deaf people across the county with a range of services including British Sign Language interpreting, welfare rights and supporting other deaf community groups. They will be taking volunteers and members to the trail to see the stunning lights.

Pam Williamson from When You Wish Upon a Star, based in Basford, grants the wishes of children living with a life threatening illness.:

“Giving our children the gift of Christmas, and creating the forever important memories with their loved ones is what we do. This means so much, we’re so excited that this year they will be able to enjoy Christmas at Wollaton and we’d like to thank the team for arranging this for our children.”

Spreading kindness and the gift of visiting the breath-taking Christmas outdoor lights trail is very important to Christmas at Wollaton, and sharing a gift, that some may not otherwise have access to, after a difficult year for so many people. The festive lights installation, filled with bright lights, music, and an awe-inspiring atmosphere is sure to capture everyone’s hearts.

A spokesperson from event organiser Kilimanjaro explained:

“Donating tickets to local charities is something we’re incredibly proud to be able to do for the first time this year.  We were touched by the number of applications we received and would love to thank each charity for their incredible work within the community. We really hope these tickets will help create memories and experiences like this are so important to cherish.”

In addition to those mentioned, the other charities that will receive tickets are: Beeston Rylands, Afro Caribbean National Artistic Centre, Footprint Conductive Education Centre, Nottinghamshire Hospice, Juno Women’s Aid, Rumbletums Café and Training Project, Notts LGBT+ Network, Bags of Blessings, The Bestwood Partnership, Nottingham Women’s Centre, TUVIDA, Children’s Bereavement Centre, Rainbow Parents Carers Forum, PASIC – Cancer Support for Children & Young People, Sunrise house teenage parent service Framework, L’Arche, The Peaceful Trust, Self Help UK,The ICCA, Harvest Army Church International UK, Wollaton Historical & Conservation Society, and The Little Ted Foundation.

The Christmas at Wollaton team would like to share huge thanks to all the charities that applied, and that work tirelessly, especially through the Christmas period to support those who need it most.

Councillor Pavlos Kotsonis, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Planning from Nottingham City Council added,

“We appreciate that our delivery partner, Kilimanjaro, has released over 500 free tickets to local charities. The Christmas at Wollaton light trail is a fantastic event and it’s great that volunteers and those helped by the charities can enjoy this festive experience.”

Wollaton Hall is one of the city’s most distinctive sites perched high above the surrounding park. Never normally open in the evening, the Christmas at Wollaton outdoor trail, is a unique festive experience for all ages and has become an annual tradition for many visitors and for many marks the start of the festive season.

The installation team has now started work on site to create a thrilling display, with a brand-new trail for 2023 taking elements from previous designs and creating a stunning new display.

Christmas at Wollaton opens on from Friday 2nd December 2022 until Sunday 1st January 2023.

For more information, visit. www.christmasatwollaton.org  

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Posted on 29 November 2022

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