The Big Give 2018

St Nicks, the Green Heart of York, of which I am Patron, had one week this winter to raise as much money as possible. Every penny raised would be doubled by the Garfield Weston Foundation, as part of their Big Give Christmas Challenge.

My part in the week’s fundraising efforts was to entertain at the Winter Warmer event being held in Belfrey Hall in York on the night of Monday 3 December.

When I set out for Belfrey Hall, this was the amount that had been raised thus far:

By the time I got home after the event, this was the amount that had been raised:

And by mid-day the next day, the total amount raised over the course of the week was:

 Here are some of the ways this huge amount was raised:

I’d like to add my sincere thanks to all those involved.

St Nicks has written a great round-up (illustrated with glorious photos by the one and only Lewis Outing) of how people pitched in to raise funds. You can find  that here. I can confirm that our sell-out Winter Warmer event included:

  • superb plant-based food made by the very talented chef Joe Fennerty of Food Circle York, using local, organic produce
  • delicious apple juice from locally-sourced Abundance York apples
  • beautiful acapella singing from The Barbarellas
  • fabulously generous-hearted guests
  • dedicated St Nicks staff, trustees and volunteers working their socks off
  • moving poetry from St Nicks ecotherapy participant Brinley Price
  • and rhyming from me, both inbetween the courses of the meal and after it.

Sadly, I can’t let you sample here the delicious – and highly colourful – food, but I can give you a sample of my rhyming (thanks to the filming of the aforementioned Lewis Outing):

Which poem earned me a gorgeous bee biscuit, made by biscuit-maker extraordinaire, Marta:

Thank you to everyone who took part and donated anything at all to the St Nicks Big Give Christmas Challenge. I hope you enjoyed taking part in it as much as I did. Here’s to the extension to the Environment Centre that this money will be put towards!

Anneliese Emmans Dean – theBigBuzz – Bringing poetry to life



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