Villagers in Pinner are coming together to help safeguard the future of one of the most popular community events of the year.
After PinnerNews revealed that the Pinner Panto evening was under threat because of a lack of sponsorship and funding, local campaigner Niamh McEnery who runs the Proud of Pinner Facebook Group appealed to local businesses to support the evening which draws thousands of people to the village every year.
Niamh explained: “We had a response from a couple of businesses which was great but then several people in the community started contacting me asking how they could help and saying they loved the event. We carried out a survey recently asking people what their favourite community event was and the Panto Evening was way out in front. People were approaching me and sending me messages.”
Niamh then set up a crowdfunding page. After around an hour or so of it being live, £130 had been raised of the £500 target.
Niamh said she was thrilled.
She commented: “It’s such a crucial event in the calendar and its wonderful that the whole community comes together – restaurants, schools, – that’s why its so important.”
Les Conway is a member of the organising committee for the evening.
He said he and the other committee members were delighted.
Mr Conway added: “‘Following our appeal for help to Save Our Panto in the June Edition of MyPinnerNews, we’ve seen some great support from not just the local business community but also from members of the public via our crowdfunding page. We have some way to go yet, but things are certainly looking more positive.”
To pledge your support, go to https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/pinner-panto-night-fund