On Saturday 20th May 2017, Abbeyfield Girton Green opened its doors to host and welcome the community in for the Cottontails charity quiz night. Nestled in the heart of our village, the quiz was an opportunity to bring all sections of the community together to support Girton’s village pre-school at a time when pre-schools up and down the country are struggling to navigate a precarious funding landscape. Here in Girton, there has been provision for pre-school aged and younger children for nearly 44 years. Cottontails is now an established and successful provider of early years education, ensuring Girton’s children are ready for their next big step up to Girton Glebe
Cottontails haven’t held a quiz night for quite a few years. We were all a little nervous about pulling it off. We needn’t have worried! The event was a huge success, surpassing all expectations, raising a little over £713! More than sixty people attended, including teachers, staff and Governors from Girton Glebe Primary School, parents of Cottontails’ children (past and present), friends and relatives, Girton WI, and residents of Girton Green. Thanks to everyone who came and supported the event.
We offer our thanks to the following local businesses for contributing an array of special prizes towards our raffle draw; Mr. Antonio De Luca of Blue Moon Barbers in Chesterton, Mr. Pasquale Benedetto owner of The Plough Coton, Autumn Valente of My Straw Garden, The Hotel Felix in Cambridge, and Paul Smith, Store Manager of the Girton Co-op. An extra thank you to Paul for providing a surprise range of treats for our contestants, and for championing Cottontails ensuring shoppers at the Girton Co-op sign-up and supports us!
Thank you also to the Abbeyfield Society Girton Green who generously hosted our event. The waiving of Abbeyfield Girton Green’s hire fee meant our fundraising efforts received a boost before a single question was asked! Girton Green’s office staff also helped by putting forward a team, supporting our efforts to sell tickets by making them available through their office, and ensuring guests were comfortable and looked after on the night.
Girton Green’s Operations Manager, Andrew Watson said, “We are always keen to support and be involved in projects which will be of benefit to people within our community. This is a community event, which also invites our residents to become involved, some of whom may once have had children or grandchildren attending the pre-school. It’s fitting that Abbeyfield supports such a worthy cause. And we wish Cottontails every success in all its future fundraising.”
As ever, we offer thanks to Girton Town Charity for supporting all of our fundraising efforts this year. Every pound we’ve raised has benefitted every single child at Cottontails. Support like this against a backdrop of austerity and economic uncertainty is so important to small village organisations like ours. For this, we are very grateful.
If you weren’t able to come along on the night, and would still like to contribute by way of a small donation, please use BT Mydonate. Mydonate is a commission free donation service run by BT for UK registered charities.