Posted: Tue 6th May 2014

Charity funday saved by Quay watermen.

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

A Flintshire based charity supporting the needs of Deaf Children in North Wales was almost forced to cancel its annual funday last week , due to its original venue being double booked.

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Pam Campbell events secretary for Flintshire Deaf Childrens Society said;

“We were told told two weeks ago that the venue we had booked in January for our annual funday had been double booked and as the new event was for their needs we were told we could not hold our event there” she added “ It was a total shock the event had been planned , events booked and suppliers confirmed I was in total shock that this could happen so near to the date “

Two weeks ago FDCS started approaching local businesses and landowners to see if they could provide some space for the day , however this came to no avail and the event was going to have to be cancelled.

“A lot of work had gone into this day it is our biggest fundraiser of the year and vital to raising funds to continue our work with deaf children and their parents in North Wales “

Said  treasurer Nicola Valentine.

All is not lost, a chance conversation with the Quay Watermans Association (QWA) in Connah’s Quay  has provided a welcome and last minute reprieve for the charity, they have offered the use of the Kathleen and May Heritage centre in Docks road Connahs Quay to use for the day .

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The heritage centre is currently undergoing major refurbishment by the (QWA) who’s aim is to restore and preserve the Connah’s Quay dock area for future generations .

A spokesman for the QWA;

“Our association was founded on helping the community and we are glad to have come to the rescue of a local charity and offer all the help and support that we can for their day. It is also an ideal opportunity for the people of Flintshire to come and see what we are actively doing and too see our future plans for the Docks area”

Brian Valentine Chairman and co founder of FDCS Stated ,

“We are so grateful that the QWA has come to our rescue in this way , since our foundation four years ago we have held a funday every year to not only raise funds but to  provide fun family activities and shows but to promote local business and deaf charities in North Wales. The venue has also allowed us to expand activities for the day including a circus performer , the opportunity to see birds of prey and have your photo with them and live entertainment from Wrexham Signing hands. Weather pending inbetween 10 – 12 pm boat tours up the River Dee will be available and much more activites are being added ”

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