Dunorlan Park fireworks raise £30k for Tunbridge Wells charities

Pam Mills

Mental health and homeless charities were among those to benefit from £30,000 raised in donations from the Dunorlan Park fireworks display.

Royal Tunbridge Wells Round Table presented a share of the takings to 33 separate causes at a giveaway event at the Royal Wells Hotel on Sunday [March 25].

Around 12,000 people attended the 60th annual display on November 4 last year, which was enjoyed, despite persistent rain.

The money came from both ticket sales and donations made on the night.

In Round Table tradition, charities were then invited to apply to receive a share of the money raised. Mayor Julia Soyke made the presentation.

Recipients included the Mayor’s Christmas Toy Appeal, Imago Community, Tunbridge Wells Mental Health Resource, Nourish Community Foodbank and The Bridge Trust.

Individuals who will also receive a share include Stanley Jump, who suffers with cystic fibrosis and Louis Bishop, who has quadriplegic cerebral palsy.

James Darrer, Chairman of Tunbridge Wells Round Table, said: “After a very successful 60th firework anniversary, we were in the position of being able to donate to a variety of worthy individuals and causes.

“The time and effort that these volunteers put into their respective charities is commendable.

“I’d also like to thank the Mayor Soyke, law firm Buss Murton and TS Brilliant [Royal British Legion] for their support.”

James Rose, Round Table committee member, added: “This year we are concentrating our funding and community project on mental health and homelessness.

“This is due to severe spending cuts in these important areas. Mental health affects one in four of us, so the need for resources and support has never been greater.”

The Round Table is offering individuals the chance to improve their CVs and learn life skills with a community project starting on April 21.

For more information, search www.royal-tunbridge-wells.roundtable.co.uk

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