Over the past seven years, the Friends of Cale Green Park have successfully applied for grants to fund our park events. However, those grants began to dry up. In addition, the latest phase of the Stockport Council budget cuts meant that we will have to hire park staff (over £300 per year) and possibly pay for public liability insurance. Given that it costs us about £750 to run each event, our running costs effectively doubled in 2014. This combination of increased costs and decreased funding led us to try something different. We decided to try crowdfunding.
Altogether, we raised £2,161.50 - £1,661.50 was raised through Buzzbnk, and £500 came from a Community First matching grant. You could argue that we raised over £3,500, as coincidentally, we also received £330 from the Area Flexibility Fund, and £1,650 from the Friends of Hallam Gardens (because their group was officially dissolved). But these funds were received separately from our campaign, not as a direct result of it. So, it would be disingenuous to include those funds as part of the total.
The Honour Roll below lists some of those who contributed to our campaign. Some hid behind their pets, rather than divulge their true identities. Others decided to contribute anonymously. Either way, we are deeply appreciative of every contribution we received.
The Honour Roll
The Honour Roll has been divided into two sections: Fire Starters and Flames. The Fire Starters are the contributors who started the ball rolling and contributed early. They gave us £500 in 5 days, and generated an additional £500 from Community First. The Flames followed that lead and added to the total.
Fire Starters: Jean Perry. Nathan, Kirstie and Clara Buchanan-Milnes. The Bircher Family. The Davies Family. Melanie & Harry. Juan Pablo Angel. Forri. Keith Howard. Hazel Jenkins. Jody Appleton. PMT WWW. Ghoti. Rita and John Thompson. Jane and Simon and Family. C and A Brown.
Flames: Amy Smith. The O’Brien Family. The Doyle Family. Ringo the Dog. The Blackman Family. Michael and Carolyn Walters. The Evans Family. John Wilson. S and P Jenner. Izzie. Kay & Kevin Pitchford. Claire Cowen. Tallis. Anne Strachan. Together Childcare. Bee. Pop-Pop. All at Revesby. The O'Donnell Family. The Clark Family. Blake and Ella. The Funky Monkey Coffee Company. John & Hilary Stirling. Trill Sutherland [A 90th Birthday Donation]. The Penney Family. The Davenport Park Committee. Graham Burns. A'dell Harper.