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Saturday, February 11, 2023

Christmas Fair group hands over £2,000 in raffle proceeds

* The £1,000 is presented to the air ambulance. From left: Paul Cakebridge (pilot), Simon Cartwright (critical care practitioner), John Palmer and Austin Cheminais of the Christmas Festival, Oliver Ayleson (critical care practitioner) and Ian Parry (festival).

* John Palmer and Austin Cheminais, left and right, hand over the £1,000 cheque to Llangollen Foodshare's Steph Mitchell, Sian Jones and Gill Robinson.

Representatives of the Llangollen Christmas Festival Group have been sharing the proceeds of the raffle that runs alongside the big seasonal event. 

The group says there was a great response to the latest raffle and stresses thanks should go to the hardworking volunteers who managed to sell an amazing 3,000 tickets.

This has enabled the group to donate £1,000 to Wales Air Ambulance and £1,000 to Llangollen Food Share. The remaining £1,000 will help fund this year’s festival.

Austin Cheminais, who chairs the Christmas Festival, expressed the groups thanks to all the local businesses in and around Llangollen who donated prizes for the raffle, which included a light aircraft flight from the Air Ambulance base at Welshpool Airport. 

He said: "The 2022 Christmas Festival was the best yet and we managed to make it a completely free event. 

"Its success was due to the support we had from the community and the generous donations from anonymous donors. 

"Thanks go to the businesses and shops around Llangollen, the groups and individuals who joined the parade, our local schools, the groups that performed for us on the day and to Sunbelt Rentals, who provided the traffic management without charge. 

"The hardworking team who put the Christmas Festival together have already had their first meeting of the year to start to plan this year’s event which will take place on Saturday November 25. We hope to make it even bigger this year."

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