05 Jun 2014 Share:

Caravan Owners raise £10k for Macmillan

It's March the 18th and a notification pops up on our Facebook news feed "Hi Paul, hope you can help…". Abby Garner, one of the Caravan Owners at our holiday park, informs me that some of our community are hoping to raise money for Macmillan at a Charity Coffee afternoon in our Solent View lounge bar and could we possibly help to raise awareness. Little did we both know that this would be a charity event that would grow and grow…. AND GROW.

A few weeks on and I caught up with Abby who reflects on this successful event that has raised over £10k for Macmillan Cancer Support

"I decided to run the event because I am passionate about doing what you can for others", said Abby "I have family members & friends that have received end of life care from Macmillan and know how utterly invaluable they are in a time of crisis, the comfort they can bring to all family members and the difference they can make to the memories you hold about the passing of a loved one"

The day itself-grew from a simple coffee afternoon with tea and biscuits to a full day of fundraising. The morning saw a number of our male caravan owners dressed in female costumes collecting money and pushing a bed on wheels (where lay a hilarious looking Cinder-fella) through 3 of our holiday villages ending at the Solent View just in time for the Macmillan Coffee Afternoon.

"We were all up early, setting up, transporting hundreds of cakes, an abundance of raffle prizes worth over £3000", says Abby as she looks back at the afternoons events. "We had a frenzy of activity, everyone jumping into action for the roles they had been preparing since March. The room was decorated, the urns were switched on, cake stands were filled with cakes, chocolate fountains flowing and the Bunn Leisure vocalist was sound checking".

The afternoon was a complete success in so many ways, holiday guests and caravan owners came out in their droves to enjoy and support the superb fundraiser. For weeks people had been fundraising and preparing for this event, Abby and the ladies were even lucky enough to enlist Billy Ocean to help them, raising £170 for a signed t-shirt.

"John Bunn, the Managing Director of Bunn Leisure Holiday Park made a very touching speech", Abby continued "It was very emotional day for so many. There were of tears of joy & reminiscence. I would like to thank each and every single person that did something to make this happen. If we all do one small thing we can all make a difference"


… We couldn't have said it better ourselves Abby.

Posted by Paul Davies


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Sharon Hillan | 07 Aug 2015

I was very proud and humbled to be a small part of this amazing team ! It was a fantastic event which well and truly showed what can be achieved when we all pull together, can't wait till next year :) x





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