Holwell fundraising festival smashes £1,000 goal for Garden House Hospice

The Holwell Scarecrow Festival 2020. Picture: Nigel Eaton

The Holwell Scarecrow Festival 2020. Picture: Nigel Eaton - Credit: Archant

Holwell’s annual scarecrow festival went ahead without a hitch this year despite the coronavirus pandemic, and raised more than double its fundraising target in the process.

The Holwell Scarecrow Festival 2020. Picture: Nigel Eaton

The Holwell Scarecrow Festival 2020. Picture: Nigel Eaton - Credit: Archant

The festival went ahead for a full week this year, with social distancing measures in place to ensure visitors’ safety at all times.

As always, the festival raised money for Letchworth-based Garden House Hospice. 543 votes were cast and more than £2,600 was raised, completely smashing the original £1,000 target.

The Holwell Scarecrow Festival 2020. Picture: Nigel Eaton

The Holwell Scarecrow Festival 2020. Picture: Nigel Eaton - Credit: Archant

First place prize went to ‘Neverland’ display by Lulu Hines. An exciting tennis match by Jude Devey and Lesley Johnson was runner-up and third place honours went to ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ by Martin and Bernice Thurlow.

Organiser Nigel Eaton said: “I’d like to thank all of our generous donors, everyone who made a scarecrow and all of the visitors to our lovely village over the week of the festival.


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“We were so pleased to bring a smile to so many faces.”

Richard Harbon, Head of Events at Garden House Hospice Care, commented: “I would like to thank Nigel and the village of Holwell for their superb Scarecrow Festival.

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“This event gets better and better each year with brilliant scarecrows throughout the village.

“The money that Nigel and his team have raised over the last four years - £5600 - is just incredible. This is another great example of how the community has come together to have fun and support the Garden House Hospice Care.”

You can visit holwellscarecrows.org and see the winning displays online.

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