On Saturday 29 November, CVS Falkirk in partnership with Falkirk Trinity Church held its annual Charity Fayre in Falkirk Trinity Church and it was a great success. We brought together 40 of our local and national charities, to provide an opportunity for them to sell a range of products for Christmas while also raising their profile and highlighting the services and support they provide.
There are many of us who rely on the services and support of local charities and here in Falkirk we are lucky to have such a vibrant third sector. However, for the majority of these charities the only income they get is through fundraising and donations. “We know how difficult it can be for our charities to fund raise and that’s why we host our Charity Fayre each year, to support and raise awareness of the fabulous work our local organisations do throughout the year”. Karen Herbert CEO
The venue, Falkirk Trinity Church (formerly known as Falkirk Old and St Modan’s Church) provided a fantastic backdrop to encouraging community participation as well as getting us all into the festive period in Falkirk. “The church is delighted to open its doors for the Charity Fayre as we believe it is important to support our local communities”, Gillian Gardner, Development Manager
Volunteers of all ages took part in promoting their group while selling home baking, books, plants, arts and crafts, knitting and jewellery. There was face painting for the kids, raffles and tombolas and we even had not one but 2 visits from Scottish Fire and Rescue who brought their fire engine for kids and adults alike to have a look around and sit in the big red truck.
Those who attended included: DASH, National Autistic Society, Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Classic Music Live! Falkirk, Parkinson’s UK, Falkirk Operatic Society, Forth Valley Top Toes, ASSET, Children’s Theatre Bo’ness, Open Secret, Action for Children, Enable Scotland, Home Start Falkirk West, Forth Valley Macular Society, WASP, Project Theatre, Trendy Tribals, FDAMH, Falkirk Christian Resources Trust, Race 2 Madrid Charity, Antonine Friendship Link, Barony Housing, RVS, Falkirk Festival Chorus, Crossroads Caring Falkirk, So Precious, Salvation Army, Penumbra, Children’s Hospice Association Scotland, Al Masaar, Stoneywood Care Services, Barony Players, RNIB, Forth Valley Disability Sports, Scottish Fire and Rescue. There was also a fruit barra provided by Your Local Farm in support of the Falkirk Foodbank.
We would like to thank all the volunteers who participated in supporting the Charity Fayre. It was fantastic to see volunteers of all ages coming together in active citizenship to help make Falkirk and its communities a better place.
Victoria McRae, Operations Manager