Tree Festival great success for Kanagaroos

Cuckfield Christmas Tree Festival 2018

Last month Holy Trinity Church hosted the 16th annual Christmas Tree Festival.

On display were 78 trees decorated by clubs, schools and societies. The Planning Group work on the details for months prior to the event and they were pleased to announce the total fundraising from this year’s weekend was more than £13,500, which will be split between this year’s selected charity – Kangaroos – and the church itself.

Organiser Paul Goldfinch commented: “Bearing in mind that most of the weekend of the Festival it was dreadful weather, I am delighted to say that it did not deter the visitor numbers.”

Local special needs charity Kangaroos was honoured to be chosen as the 2018 partner organisation, especially as it celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2019. Fundraising C o-ordinator Samantha Norgate explained: “We marked the approach of our special year supporting children and young adults with learning disabilities with a show-stopping tree with a silver theme with the presents underneath wrapped and decorated by our teenage members.

“On behalf of everyone at Kangaroos, I would like to thank all the Cuckfield Christmas Tree Planning Group, especially Sue Towns who liaised with me over the last year to ensure everything ran smoothly, as well as all the wonderful volunteers who made this unique community event such a success and to so many of our Kangaroos families, friends and general public for all their support.”