2llanwddyn fest snap shotFrom Friday night’s Ceilidh to Saturday’s craft fair and concerts, Llanwddyn is going to be a festival of fun during the Friday 4th and Saturday 5th September. Part fund-raising event, part celebration of local and nationwide talents, this will be a great event for all the family to enjoy, with its rich mix of folk and acoustic music, poetry and laughter. Now in its third year, the organisers are delighted that the event has attracted £500 micro sponsorship from the ‘welly good’ sausage-makers, debbie&andrew’s. Event secretary Sioned Jones says “The Llanwddyn weekend is a great way of not just bringing locals together, but also attracting a wider audience of visitors as well. It is all for a good cause, to raise money for maintaining our local community buildings, supporting other village events and projects as well as raising the profile of the area. We are aiming to raise £1000.00 and debbie&andrew’s support means we are confident of reaching our target”.

Ian Bagnall from Debbie&andrew’s commented: “The Llanwddyn weekend is a great example of the type of event our micro sponsorships aim to provide support. We want to help smaller fund raisers who would not normally attract corporate support and for whom a small injection of cash can mean a huge difference. This is a heart of the community event that is certainly bringing our motto ‘A Real Taste of the Country’ to life!”

Llanwddyn regulars say this event is much more than just a music festival. It’s a celebration of local talents combined with an open house for musical friends from across the UK. This year’s event will feature local Penybontfawr Choir and music from harpist Harriet Earis, celebrating Welsh culture and heritage. Alternatively there will be plenty of toe-tapping from Llanwddyn favourites, Ildanach, the very funny Bernard Wrigley and Risky Business (2 of the members being Llanwddyn’ s own Ruth & Ken Powell), Chris and Kellie While, The New Rope String band and Anthony John Clarke who will also be performing at the event. For those looking to soak up the whole atmosphere of the weekend, there are still places available for overnight camping which will mean even more merriment can be had at the Ceilidh on Friday night! There will be plenty of good food and craft beers available too and a craft fair held all day Saturday.

A new approach to sponsorship available to Welsh fundraisers

debbie&andrew’s is looking for other local, grass roots fundraisers Wales for whom even a small injection of support can make a significant difference. The aim is to help fundraisers to make even more of an impact with their events. The micro sponsorships are available to any fund raising activity that supports local communities or which shares or promotes countryside skills, crafts, values or ideas. debbie&andrew’s are particularly trying to reach those projects that would not normally attract corporate support.

The funds awarded can range from £50 to £1,000, depending on the size of the project. The cash can be used to help promote, equip, staff or scale up events or activities. There is also the opportunity to get free debbie&andrew’s sausages for use in charity meals or barbecues. In addition, successful applicants have their events and good causes promoted to debbie&andrew’s 50,000 strong fan base through its newsletter, website, twitter and Facebook page which again increases the potential to reach a wider audience and raise more money. Fund raisers based in Wales can apply for micro sponsorships by using the downloadable forms on www.debbieandandrews.co.uk