The Old Town Festival Committee wishes to thank everyone who came to the Festival this year and donated so generously to our two charities: Brighter Futures and Parkinsons UK Swindon Branch. Both cheques have been presented to these fantastic local charities. The total raised was £582.42.
The organisers at Brighter Futures met with Festival Patron, Sheila Harrod, and Chair, Sarah Church, to receive the cheque at the Great Western Hospital.
Members of the Old Town Festival Committee were also invited along to Grange Leisure Centre to meet with the Swindon branch of Parkinson’s UK where Dave Logan, the Branch Chair, gave a very informative talk through the support the local branch can give to anyone in the Swindon area affected by Parkinson’s, whether suffering from the disease themselves, as carers, friends or family.
The Swindon Branch celebrated its 40th birthday in March this year and continues to provide essential support to people across Swindon. 1 in 350 people will get Parkinson’s, the latest research shows. The branch activities which focus on physical, mental and social activity cost £39,000 per year to run, and include exercise classes, social outings, and carer respite. The next event will be Coffee and Cake at Highworth Methodist Church on Saturday 18th August 10am-12.30pm. Anyone affected by Parkinson’s in the Swindon area is encouraged to get in touch with the branch via the website www.swindonparkinsons.ork.uk.
The Annual General Meeting of the Old Town Festival Committee will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 5th September 2018 at the Community Centre @Christ Church, Cricklade Street, Swindon. All members of the public and supporters of the Festival are encouraged to attend. The Committee will be seeking to attract new volunteers.
The dates for next year’s Old Town Festival are 9th-15th June 2019.