An online fundraiser has been launched by the organisers of the Groove in the Park festival to ensure that this year’s Jubilee Park event can take place.
Now in its third year, Groove in the Park is a family event, celebrating the Kingsbrook community. The organisers, Jubilation Action Group (JAG), are aiming to raise £2,000 to fill a funding gap.
“Unfortunately, as part of the reorganising of Community Centre Management, the subsequent funding earmarked to deliver this community event is extremely likely to be lost,” explained Shirley Claxton, chairperson of JAG.
“This reorganisation has put the event at risk and left us to identify alternative means to raise the funds to ensure Groove in the Park can run, and run safely.”
Shirley is so passionate about the event and her own community that she has donated her redundancy money towards ensuring the event can go ahead.
“We are local group of volunteers, made up from the individuals in the local community who want to serve others to inspire everyone to see their potential, promote achievement, and allow positive ambition to thrive.
“The Groove in the Park is at risk if we cannot raise approximately £2,000 by end of July.
“Bedford prides itself on its diverse community, and Groove in the Park embraces all cultures, bringing together and sharing in music, food, entertainment for all, and builds a community spirit through respect and happiness.
“This is what Groove in the Park is about! Bringing everyone one together.”
Kingsbrook ward councillors, Cllr Patrick Solomon and Cllr Dean Crofts said: “We thank all of the community groups, many of which are voluntary organisations, with local volunteers, who give their own time to create these events and activities to support the local community in Kingsbrook.
“We have been speaking to fitness clubs and sports clubs that have activities in Jubilee Park and as the local Borough councillors we are looking for local organisations to support, via our ward funding, to help them with for example equipment and resources to support them in our local area.”
Community activities are very important as they act as a social place for people to meet, improve their health and wellbeing while also having fun.
You can donate and find out more information about the Groove in the Park gofundme campaign here.