Organisers of Huddersfield’s biggest celebration are appealing for ‘experienced and talented’ fundraising managers to help save the financially stricken festival.
And Huddersfield Carnival Committee (HCC) is hoping to recruit some volunteers at a presentation evening at Square One, 26 Westgate, on Saturday (7pm).
The future of the carnival, which in July attracted 40,000 people, was cast into doubt after Kirklees Council announced it could no longer help fund the festival.
Click below to watch this year's carnival parade
This left HCC with a £78,000 shortfall for next year’s festival.
HCC is now appealing for volunteers to secure grants and raise money for a 2015 festival.
Fay McIntosh, HCC treasurer, said: “To sustain our event and to unleash our ambitions to deliver speech and lyrical training, developing steel pan players, costume production projects, street dance choreography and stilt walker projects we are looking for experienced and talented bid writers or fundraisers who can volunteer to help us secure income from a range of charitable trusts and grant making bodies.
“We work hard throughout the year to plan associated events and fundraise for next year’s events which renders the opportunity to play a key role in securing much-needed funding vital for the organisation and to have a long-term impact on the charity’s work is a priority.”
Click below for pictures from this year's festival
At the end of the month, HCC is to move from Station Street to a premises on Northumberland Street, which it hopes to also use as a community centre.
The existing premises are being developed to provide apartments, and the Carnival committee are having to move out.
Saturday’s event includes DJs and a Caribbean buffet.
The committee will be holding its annual general meeting at St Patrick’s Centre, New North Road, on October 5.
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