MEET Sid the Squid – our secret weapon to send this year’s street collection for Littlehampton Bonfire Night rocketing through the £10,000 barrier.
The Littlehampton Gazette has teamed up with Littlehampton Bonfire Society to bring you Sid, an appealing character who is rallying support for the group’s diamond jubilee event on Saturday, October 27.
Last year’s street collection set a new Littlehampton record of £9,110, but the society has a long-held goal to break through the five-figure total.
Secretary Richard Cooper said that if everyone in the huge crowds watching the torchlit parade gave £1 – it’s estimated that up to 40,000 people attend the event each year – the target would easily be reached.
And so in this, the 60th anniversary year of the bonfire tradition being revived in Littlehampton, the Gazette is lending its support to the appeal.
Said editor Roger Green: “I was thinking how we could help the society in this special year, when the idea of Sid the Squid popped into my head.
“He will be featuring every week in the Gazette leading up to the Littlehampton bonfire night, to encourage all our readers to be even more generous when they throw their coins into the collection bucket.
“Remember, every single penny – and we hope it will be many, many pounds, will go straight to the charities the society has chosen to support this year – none of the collection goes towards organising the spectacular festivities themselves, which the society covers from its own fund-raising throughout the year.”
This year’s collection will be shared between Enable Me, Sussex Search and Rescue, Worthing and District Scope and Wick Information Centre.