20 June 2024

‘Help us ensure Withernsea Carnival can continue’

By Rebecca Hannant

The Withernsea Carnival Committee is calling for donations and sponsorships ahead of this year’s event.

The volunteer-led community group aims to provide free activities to the children, residents and visitors of the resort during the school holidays.

Withernsea Carnival provides several opportunities for people to join in with free activities, ranging from its Christmas party, where each child receives a present and a visit from Santa, to fun days with inflatable slides and a petting zoo.

The nine-day summer carnival includes game shows, quizzes, a treasure hunt, sports day, water fights and live entertainment with DJs, magicians and puppet shows, all while providing free refreshments.

Despite the continued popularity of the event, in recent years funds have depleted as a result of the cost-of-living crisis.

Carnival chairman John Patchett said: “Withernsea is a small coastal town that is unfortunately both impoverished and isolated. We have many children and families that are living in poverty, have poor mental health, low aspirations and feel forgotten.

“Withernsea Carnival has noticed the increased need in our local area for activities that are low-cost or free of charge and will promote socialisation, positive mental health and allow the children of this area to experience things that those who live in other areas may take for granted.”

The carnival costs an average of £9,000 each year to run, which includes all entertainment and refreshments.

However, due to the dwindling supply of funds the committee is calling on people and businesses to support them in any way they can, from the donation of raffle prizes and supplies, or sponsorship. Donations will ensure that the event will continue to run in the future.

To get involved, contact John at [email protected].