Street collections at the event are in aid of charities and good causes which benefit the local community, and beneficiaries will include the St John Ambulance, Air Training Corps 1087 (Arun Valley) Squadron, Warrior Scout Explorer Unit Littlehampton and Arundel Scouts, CancerWise and Worthing Churches Homeless Projects.
Organisers are hoping that this year’s street collection will be another record breaker. Commented society secretary, Richard Cooper,
‘We are proud that despite ever increasing costs of staging our event, every penny of our collection continues to go to the charities and good causes we support. We charge no entry fee, but we do ask spectators to show their support by donating as much as they are able to our collection buckets, and hope that this year each spectator will be able to give at least £1. We hold the record of £9,110 for the all-time highest street collection at any Sussex bonfire and carnival celebrations. We believe that a £10,000 street collection should be possible in Littlehampton – please help us to achieve this! Don’t forget, all donations to the collection buckets will directly benefit the local community.
Countless hours of volunteer time are involved in organising the celebrations, building the bonfire, making the torches, preparing the costumes and floats and of course raising the funds to stage the event. We are urging Littlehampton residents and visitors to show their support and appreciation of these celebrations and to donate as generously as they can to the collection buckets.’
Littlehampton Bonfire Society has also issued a plea to spectators attending Bonfire Night not to purchase balloons, glow sticks and other carnival novelties from street traders.
‘Any street traders attempting to sell balloons, glow sticks and similar novelty items will be uninvited. They do not contribute to the costs of staging the celebrations and in previous years have caused obstructions. We would very strongly request that spectators put their money in our collection buckets instead to support our chosen beneficiaries. Official refreshment vendors – who do generously contribute to the costs of staging the event – will be found on the bonfire site (East Green car park), The Green, Banjo Road and at William Cole’s fun fair on the promenade.’
Times for the bonfire, firework display and processions are to be found in the Bonfire Night programmes, now on sale in shops in Littlehampton, Wick, Rustington and East Preston and at the Look and Sea Centre, River Road, Littlehampton. See the society’s website www.littlehamptonbonfiresociety.co.uk for programme stockists.