Lewes’ Moving on Parade has been shortlisted for national funding.
The Patina Moving on Parade and Exhibition has been shortlisted for the Aviva Community Fund and it is now battling it out against other organisations for the funding. Lewes arts charity Patina which holds the parade is urging everyone to vote for them.
The Aviva Community Fund offers people the chance to secure funding for an important cause in community.
It is open to everyone and if enough people vote for the charity it will be entered into the final where a judging panel will decide to award the funds.
Caroline Croft from Patina said: “If we could win funding from Aviva, it would be a tremendous help and a tribute to the tradition of the Moving On Parade, which is unique to this area and such a special day in the lives of local children and our community.”
Meanwhile, fundraising has already begun for this year’s parade which takes place on July 10.
Over the early May bank holiday, more than 150 people joined the Patina Moon Walk Up the Downs to experience the full moon from a remote position.
A spokesman for Patina said: “Sussex Wildlife Trusts’ Michael Blencowe led the way and provided information and much entertainment as part of the two charities’ partnership for this year’s ‘Carnival of the Creatures’ parade. A small café was set up on the downs to provide refreshments and midnight feast style treats for adults and children alike. The charities were delighted with the turn out – and were especially delighted that the moon put in a spectacular appearance.”
Six days later, Patina held its second Dream Team five-a-side football tournament for years five and six boys and girls in the Lewes FC Dripping Pan stadium, with the cup and medals provided by Intersport Lewes. More than 100 children battled it out in teams which they put together themselves, and students from Priory School and Sussex Downs College were referees and scorekeepers. The proud winners of the cup this year were Dave City Returns.
Caroline added:“We have been delighted with the response to our fundraising events and as always we are very grateful for all the local support.”
Vote for Patina at www.aviva.co.uk/community-fund.