Newbury Lions fireworks plea to West Berkshire businesses as organisers fear for its future
The future of Newbury Lions’ famous fireworks could be under threat.
The annual display, which is held at Newbury Racecourse, celebrated its 50th year in 2023.
Thousands of families – some now bringing a fourth generation – have enjoyed the displays over the past five decades, while thousands of others have benefitted from the vital funds it helps to raise.
The Lions have raised more than £50,000 in the past two years alone, which goes back into the community to support local causes.
In the past few years the club has been instrumental in providing assistance to individuals through its Welfare Fund, but calls for support have sky-rocketed.
Last year’s display saw visitor numbers greatly reduced and costs increase, leaving little money available to go towards the charities and community initiatives that have come to rely on it.
The fireworks event costs around £20,000 to put on each year and the volunteers at the Lions Club are now appealing for any businesses to come forward to help them with sponsorship.
They have already ring-fenced half of the money needed for this year’s fireworks extravaganza, but are looking to find one or two corporate sponsors willing to support the community event by covering the other half.
“We don’t want to stop because it’s such a big event,” said the organisers. “It is our biggest fundraiser of the year, but we are very worried.
“We don’t want to let Newbury down.
“We are trying our very best to help as many people as possible.”
The Lions Club – which is made up of just 12-14 volunteers – is also now preparing to host the Newbury Duck Race again, on April 14.
If you think you can help with sponsorship of this year’s fireworks event you can contact the president, Margo Payne, on 07748 765759 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org