Mums continuing mammoth fundraising with return of Leamington festival

Nicki Scott and Lucy Field with their children in Jephson Gardens. Photo submitted.
Nicki Scott and Lucy Field with their children in Jephson Gardens. Photo submitted.

Two mums are continuing their bid to raise £40,000 with the return of their festival.

Over the last two years Lucy Field, who lives in Hatton, and Nicki Scott, who lives in Warwick, have been hosting events to raise money for the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at Warwick Hospital.

They held their first ‘SCBU Fest’ in Jephson Gardens last year and are bringing it back to the gardens on June 29.

Nicki and Lucy said: “We are really excited to be bringing back SCBU Fest. It’s hard work and a lot of organising but everyone had such a fantastic day and really enjoyed the fun in the sun last year, as well as bringing amazing exposure to the unit and all the fantastic work it does.

“With over 3,000 visitors last year we are really looking to attract as many people to the event as possible.

“Last year’s festival raised £4,000 and we are really hoping to match that, if not raise more. We welcome all donations large and small and there will be plenty of ways for visitors to interact and get involved on the day and support us in this goal.”

The festival will feature stalls, performances from Warwick School of Dance, Stagecoach and Shakespeare Morris Dancers, a fire engine, bouncy castle, sensory play, children’s workshops, a mini Olympics and Elsa from Frozen will also be appearing.

The live music schedule includes: The Upsiders, The Songbird Duo, Titine Lavoix and Pandora’s Box.

Nicki and Lucy added: “The festival will open with a SCBU parade, led by the Sambassadors of Groove, so we’d like to encourage all to participate by donating £2 per person to our JustGiving site. We’d also like any midwives, neo-natal and SCBU staff to join us for the parade as a celebration of the amazing work they do.

“This year we would particularly like to thank our sponsors so far; Ridley’s Coaches, Bump2BabyReality, Montgomery Prince Clothing and Bubbly Creative Marketing. A huge thank you also goes to Bailey Lamburn at Offspring Photography, who has been such an amazing support to us and will be doing mini photo shoots at the festival.”

This will also be the last year the pair will be fundraising for the hospital ward. They said: “We have now been raising money for the unit for nearly three years. We have reached £28,000 so far and are hoping to hit £40,000 as our grand total.

“We’ve decided this year is the last year of fundraising due to personal reasons so we’d love everyone to join us for a fabulous day of celebrating all that we have achieved for Warwick Special Care Baby Unit.”

Nicki and Lucy are looking for people to help at the festival.

They said: “We are always on the lookout for volunteers on the day and to put up posters in as many places as possible. We are always looking for sponsors to help us fund elements of the festival, such as generators, licences and marquees. We offer sponsorship packages ranging from £50 upwards.”

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