Cancer charity to paint the town green as Daventry prepares to host fund raising day

Macmillan Cancer Support fundraisers
Macmillan Cancer Support fundraisers

A cancer charity is to “paint Daventry green” in May as part of a fund raising extravaganza.

Daventry Macmillan Cancer Support will take over the town on Saturday, May 6 with the organisers planning a series of events from 10am to 10pm involving as many local businesses and shops as possible.

Already planned for the day are charity matches at both Daventry Football Club and Daventry Rugby Club, a charity dance class from Academy No 1, plus a social event at Chasers.

The day will reach its climax with a big band concert by Eric Darlington and the John Cleveland Band at the Icon Centre.

But now the Macmillan Cancer Support committee is looking for Daventry-based businesses and shops who can support the day by taking part in their own fund raising activities or acting as collection points.

“The idea is to get the whole town involved in fund raising for Macmillan,” said Ellen Finn, regional organiser for the charity. “We will have collectors out and about around the town centre but it would be great if shops and businesses could be collecting too.

“It could be as simple as having a Macmillan collecting point in the store, or staff could dress up in Macmillan green to highlight their support. The more adventurous businesses might want to run some sort of fund-raising event to get more involved.

“We’re really hoping all the local businesses and the kind people of Daventry will enjoy a festival of fundraising for this vital cause. They can follow what we’re up to on social media by using the hashtag #DavMacMay.”

Volunteers from the local Macmillan committee will be approaching local shops and businesses in the next few weeks to discuss the plans. With a massive publicity campaign planned, shops that sign-up could expect a boost to their footfall on the day.