IT is fair to say 2020 has delivered a mixed bag of emotions as communities have come together to stay positive throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Mum Laura Burt from South Ascot has nailed the art of ‘community spirit’ by coming up with an ingenuous way to raise funds for her daughter’s school after their Christmas fair was cancelled.
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To bring the St Francis Catholic Primary School community together during the festive period, a Christmas tree fundraiser has been set up to help build an extended outdoor play area for the students.
This way, residents in South Ascot and Bracknell Forest can purchase a much-needed Christmas tree whilst giving back to their community school.
Laura said: “I came up with the idea as I thought how can we generate money because we don’t have a Christmas fair this year.
“I found a company in Liphook who have a great initiative for all schools and we can sell the trees to the wider community at a reduced cost.
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“We felt this could be successful as people have to buy trees anyway so instead of going to the garden centre this way people can locally support us. It has snowballed and so far and we are close to 50 orders pretty much within a week of setting up the fundraiser.”
The prices range from £25 for a 3-4ft tree, £38 for a 5-6ft tree and £80 for a 8-10ft tree with all proceeds going to help the school build an extended outdoor area.
They are also expected to be sold from 3.30pm on Friday, December 4, at St Francis of Assisi’s Catholic Church car park.
Laura added: “My daughter loves playing outside and it’s a good way for the money to be spent as children needs to play and blow off steam. We love Christmas too and this year we were meant to go to Lapland UK but due to the lockdown we couldn’t. It’s been a naff year so to have something to look forward to like picking up a tree makes it magical. We are excited for it all!”
If you would like a Christmas tree, order by Friday, November 26 by emailing: email@example.com