On Tuesday 4th August the Medway Youth Trust Youth Forum successfully held their second Medway Charity Fete at the Luton Millennium Green in Chatham. It was a beautiful sunny morning in Luton and we all arrived early prepared for the day.
First came the hard work of setting up the event. The Marquee was put up at the base of the hill and then we had to struggle to push the generator up the hill to the stage area. Hard work!
With the microphones all set up and the Charities arriving the event started with Steve welcoming all to the Fete.
15 Charities set up their stalls in the sunshine, one of them all the way from Sheffield, and very soon they were engaged in conversation with over 130 young people from our National Citizen Service. Volunteering opportunities and Social Action Projects were the order of the day. Young people looking for ways to improve themselves and the community at the same time – all of them were signed up to some form of volunteering by the end of the day. Well done all!
Whilst this was going on lots of the mothers from the Luton Community had arrived on the scene to see what all the fuss was about and their children were soon all buzzing around the Marquee getting their faces painted.
Our music for the day was provided by Mayoma Ayeni and her tremendous gospel singing and Audrey Start the Revolution with a fantastic acoustic set. A great soundtrack to the events of the day.
At lunch time our team of young caterers brought up the food for all the stallholders and volunteers, prepared throughout the morning by their own fair hands. New Horizons also came up providing food for the 130 young people from NCS. The food was excellent and the Fete went on.
By the end of the day over 170 people had attended the Fete and all agreed that it had been a worthwhile event. Arches Local stated that they were delighted with the event and the way it had engaged elements of the Luton Community. They were also happy the Millennium Green had been used in such a positive and productive way. Same again next year? – Let’s hope so.
Special thanks go to:
Mayoma Ayeni, Audrey Start the Revolution, Medway Health Watch, Gillingham Volunteer Centre, Open Road, Chatham Historic Dockyards, the Girl Guides, MHS Homes, Richard Watts, Parkinson’s UK, Adapt Group, Medway +, the Royal British Legion, Home Start, the Workers Education Association and the Medway Parent and Carers Forum.
An extra special thank you Teah Gibson, an MYT Volunteer, who photographed the event. Volunteers play a vital part in the make-up of MYT and we are always so grateful for their help in making events like these happen.
Hope to see you all at next year’s Medway Charity Fete!