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Brentwood charities and community groups raise thousands of pounds at 2019's Strawberry Fair

PUBLISHED: 11:58 03 July 2019 | UPDATED: 11:58 03 July 2019

The Strawberry Fair, 2019. Picture: Ian Davidson

The Strawberry Fair, 2019. Picture: Ian Davidson

Ian Davidson

Thanks to the dedication of community groups and charities, thousands of pounds were raised at this year's Strawberry Fair.

Groups and volunteers rallied together to support Brentwood Borough Council's annual event to provide entertainment, food, drink and activities, all in the name of community.

Brentwood Baptist Church provided hours of support by arranging the day's wonderful entertainment in the Big Top, attending meetings and hosting the stage as well as offering other free activities.

The Rotary Clubs of Brentwood provided the Pimm's and Prosecco bar and offered face painting, while the Conservators of Shenfield Common allowed the council free use of the space.

Hopefield Animal Sancturary lent their haybales for some vital seating.

Doddinghurst Road Community Church sold strawberries to raise vital church funds, and Brentwood County High School offered car parking for a small price, which raised more than £1,000 for conserving Shenfield Common.

Other funds were raised for SNAP, Great Ormond Street Hospital and local voluntary activities.

Charities and groups, such as Who Let the Dads Out playgroup, Brentwood Theatre, Brentwood West Girl Guiding, Lighthouse Furniture Project, BOSP and the Rail and Bus Users Association, offered a number of free activities for visitors to enjoy, while raising awareness of some vital local services and support for residents.

Thanks to their efforts, more than £3,200 was raised on the day.

Brentwood Borough Council leader, Councillor Chris Hossack said: "We have a great sense of community in our borough and I'd like to thank organisations, such as Brentwood Baptist Church, who give so much time to supporting our events and work really hard to raise money for important causes.

"Without the support of these groups we just wouldn't be able to deliver such a varied and successful range of local events for residents.

"It is their involvement and commitment that makes a real difference to our local sense of community."

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