Flower festival keeps on growing

Helen Clayton from Central Methodist Church hands over a cheque for �3,400 to Nicky Dale, part of the fund-raising team at Hollybank Trust. The proceeds were raised through the flower festival
Helen Clayton from Central Methodist Church hands over a cheque for �3,400 to Nicky Dale, part of the fund-raising team at Hollybank Trust. The proceeds were raised through the flower festival

THREE charities have reaped the benefits of a hugely popular flower festival at Central Methodist Church, Brighouse.

Hollybank Trust, Macmillan nurses and Overgate Hospice have each been presented with a cheque of £3,400, proceeds raised at the ninth flower festival.

Preparations for this year’s event in June which had the theme ‘Pearls of Wisdom’ to coincide with the church’s 30th anniversary, started almost two years ago.

The festival is held every three years and was attended by more than 2,000 people throughout the weekend who viewed the spectacular displays which were carefully crafted by members of the flower committee.

Among those who visited was the Mayor of Calderdale, Coun Nader Fekri and Mayoress Helen Silvester.

Organisers said the event was attended by a record number which helped to smash their target.

Julia Wilby said they were delighted with the amount they had raised which exceeded £11,000.

“The charities themselves are very close to a lot of peoples hearts which is one reason why we think we managed to raise so much. We are amazed at the amount we have raised and we have already started to plan the next one.

“To date we have probably raised in excess of £80,000 all for local charities. So we must say a massive thank you to everybody who helped and visited.”

The next festival will be held in three years time, 2014.

The cheque to Macmillan Nurses was presented by Rachel Pearson.