The St Peter Port Christmas Lights appeal has received a £5,000 grant from Guernsey Community Foundation towards new and replacement lights for this year’s annual display following a successful appeal by the charity.
The annual display of lighting is switched on the last Saturday in November and Town remains lit up over the whole festive period.
Jax Robin, trustee and acting chair of St Peter Port Christmas Lights, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to receive this grant and so grateful to be recognised a worthy organisation by the Guernsey Community Foundation.
“So far, thanks to Guernsey Post for our annual envelope drop and a campaign funded by Ninety One as well as this successful grant application, we have raised just over £28,000 of the £30,000 needed. So, with our deadline of 1 October fast approaching we are almost there which is fantastic.
“It’s been a particularly busy summer for businesses and the community, with a lot of pressure on escalating costs, but we are asking people to help us with our final push to ensure that Town is lit up beautifully over the festive period.”
Funds raised by St Peter Port Christmas Lights go towards the annual costs of testing, repairing and erecting the lights.
In addition to the usual displays around Town there will be colour-changing festoon lighting along The Quay between the Albert Pier and Crown Pier as well as a change in style of lighting in the Commercial Arcade.
Foundation Chief Executive Jim Roberts hoped the grant would encourage smaller organisations to ask for help. “While we tend to assist with larger projects and services, there has always been scope within our Grants Programme to award smaller, targeted, one-off grants.”
For more information about how to apply for a Guernsey Community Foundation Grant, however large or small, have a look at its grants page on www.foundation.gg, email email@example.com or call the Foundation on 259523.