First ever Family Fest raises thousands for charity

Tuesday, 18th August 2015

A NEW charity fun event for the whole family has raised an incredible £5,000 in its inaugural year and plans are already afoot to make it even bigger and better next year.

The first ever Family Fest, held on fields at Buzzards Valley Vineyard on August 9th, was filled to capacity with more than 1,500 people taking part in a range of activities for all ages, including live music from local bands, disco, bouncy castles, zorb balls, pets corner, face painting and picnics.

The event was organised by members of The Breakfast Club business networking group who meet at Buzzards Valley Vineyard on the first Wednesday of every month. But what started out as a modest family picnic soon snowballed into a major sell-out charity fundraiser, which left the networkers overwhelmed with both the support received and the amount of money raised.

Proceeds are now being split between Midlands Air Ambulance, the IAG Job Club and Our Place Community Hub in Sutton Coldfield.

Anthony Levelle of Sutton-based Search UK Ltd recruitment company and Katie Hale of AP Designs spent five months helping to make the event possible.

Anthony, who lives in Tamworth, said: “What an amazing day the first ever Family Fest turned out to be. Our thanks go to the team who helped make it happen and most of all to those who came along and enjoyed our first ever event.

“I can’t believe that what was initially supposed to be a family picnic turned into such a successful fundraiser for three worthy causes. We did have a few teething problems – mainly due to the large and unexpected number of people who turned up – and we will work on these for next year.”

Organisers have revealed that there is lots more in store for Family Fest and are planning to turn the event into a full on festival weekender next year.