With a few volunteers, a bit of face paint, and a few cups of tea you can raise your profile instantly...did I mention the 130 ft high tower ... I think that may have helped.
Incredible Edible continues to thrive and small events like this make a huge difference. So thanks to all those that helped and all those that supported us on the day. On a lovely sunny day on Holcombe Moor we opened up the tower and created an impromptu tea room to reward those hardy souls willing to climb the 170 steps to the top. For those apprehensive of the trek, or more inclined to enjoy more relaxing entertainment there was face painting and kite making outside the tower. My daughter particularly liked this, although did appear to blame me for the lack of wind and kite acrobatic ability.
For those intrepid enough to make it to the top of the monument they were treated to clear views over the whole moor and Manchester and the peaks beyond. Truly worthwhile even for us slightly hesitant folk who find the idea of a 100ft drop quite off putting. Especially the precarious spiral staircase that greets you for the last few feet, quite scary and intimidating after the previous efforts. Or maybe that's just me. Although there were a few ashen faces at the bottom of the tower following the steep ascent and descent!
Running the tea stand gave me a few hairy moments, underestimating the popularity of a cup of tea or squash on a sunny day was mildly embarrassing, leading to a backlog of orders and an emergency sortie to the bottom of the hill to bring back more water. But the real story of the day was Rebecca's lovely muffins – a real hot seller all day – with some coming back for seconds.
The day went incredibly well so thanks to Ruth, Rebecca, Joy and Rachel for carrying this off. At the final count the day raised over £100 from the refreshments and face painting and the tower, pretty good I think. What is noticeable to me on days like these is the support people give to community events and that in the end is the true test for small groups like ours. The only way to make a difference is to engage with people and let them make up their own minds. On this score I think we can give IER a good pat on the back for everyone's efforts.
If anyone has any further ideas for raising cash for IER then please let us know. The money from this particular event has helped to kick start the beds you can now see near the old Good Samaritan pub at the bottom of Peel Brow. That was another wonderful day of teamwork and fun ...and a little rain.