Iconic arches bring sky high donation to Nightingale House Hospice
The return of one of Wrexham’s largest and most popular events this summer has resulted in a welcome boost for a local charity’s coffers.
This year’s Underneath the Arches festival has raised more than £2,000 for Nightingale House Hospice, Wrexham, with organisers declaring it to be the most successful yet.
Held underneath the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in the Dee Valley, the event has became a must see attraction throughout North Wales with thousands of people, attending from across the region, to see Thomas Telford’s 200-year old masterpiece light up to live music and spectacular fireworks.
Fireworks at this year’s Underneath the Arches festival
In the months leading up to the festival, Wrexham County Borough Council and the Destination Wrexham team worked collaboratively with Nightingale House to raise funds for the charity by donating the profits from the event.
In total, the ticket sales, together with the additional sale of Nightingale House branded merchandise on the night equated to a donation of £2,500 which will be used towards funding patient care at the hospice based on Chester Road.
Amanda Davies, Event Manager at Wrexham County Borough Council said: “Now in its fifth year, Underneath the Arches has become a key event for North Wales and Nightingale House Hospice. This year’s festival was one of our best yet and the positive atmosphere from the crowd was overwhelming.
“We like to see how much of an effect the donations have on our local charity which is particularly difficult in the current period when many organisations are struggling with cuts to funding. That is one of the reasons why it is so important to us to support Nightingale House and we hope to continue running the festival and benefiting our local Hospice for many years to come.”
Director of Income Generation, for Nightingale House, Caroline Siddall said: “We are absolutely delighted with this donation, and are so proud to be have been associated with Underneath the Arches again this year.
“When it comes to raising money for us, the North East Wales community is always really willing to get on board. We cannot thank them enough for making the festival such as a success.”
“The atmosphere on the night and the support shown to this event, as well as the Hospice has been tremendous and we look forward working with Wrexham County Borough Council and Destination Wrexham again in 2017.”