Businesses in the Brightlingsea area are being given an exciting opportunity to make a real impact in the community by sponsoring the town’s immensely popular WinterFest.
Planning is well underway for the 2020 Brightlingsea WinterFest taking place in February. Now local firms are being invited to show their support and have their names linked to the event which attracts hundreds of people of all ages.
Venues across the town will be taking part, inviting Brightlingsea residents and visitors to enjoy music of all kinds, art and craft workshops, spoken word, film and comedy. New attractions for 2020 will be The Great Big Pancake Party for families, neighbours and friends, activities to get everyone moving at the Fresh Fitness centre and some accredited mental wellbeing training workshops.
Brightlingsea WinterFest is run by a team of dedicated volunteers, led by the event’s founders, Alix Sheppard and Dave Griffiths.
Alix said: “The 2020 WinterFest is shaping up to be one of the best ever and, to take the festival forward, we are seeking sponsorship from local businesses.
“The sponsorship will go hand in hand with high-profile publicity and the chance for local firms to forge closer connections with the community, something that residents and local authorities fully appreciate.
“Since it began in 2015, WinterFest has gone from strength to strength and has grown to be a major event. It has raised spirits and helped to build a sense of community during the darkest time of the year, when many people struggle with depression and isolation. Having something that brings people together to have fun and enjoy a wide range of events at different venues in the town helps make a difference to everyone’s wellbeing.”
Alix added: “Over the years, WinterFest has raised almost £25,000 for mental health charities.
Following feedback from the local community, we set up the WinterFest Wellbeing Fund this year and have distributed the first round of grants to people in Brightlingsea to help improve their mental, physical or social wellbeing. The grants included tickets for sporting and outdoor activities, for Brightlingsea Lido, music tuition, a personal training programme, sailing club membership and singing lessons.”
Local organisations to benefit from grants for new equipment include The Autumn Centre, Brightlingsea Cricket Club, Pulse Performers, The Marine Conservation Society for beach clean up events, The Brightlingsea Brigade and Brightlingsea primary school. A lump sum was also given to Brightlingsea Lido (pictured).
“Eighty per cent of funds raised by the 2020 WinterFest will go into the Wellbeing Fund so that more grants can be awarded and 20 per cent will be donated to the mental health charity Mid and North East Essex Mind.” said Alix.
If you would like to know more about sponsorship opportunities with Brightlingsea WinterFest, use our contact form to get in touch.