A colourful Royal Wedding street party held in Bradley Stoke’s Garrett Drive has raised over £250 for a local breast cancer charity.
Around 70 residents and friends attended the party on the afternoon of the Royal Wedding (Friday 29th) and the money was raised from a tombola stall and competitions such as “guess the number of sweets in the jar” (sweets kindly donated by Sweet Delight of the Willow Brook Centre), “name the teddy” and “guess the number of balloons in the car”.
Children of all ages were kept entertained on a large bouncy castle that had been installed at the bottom of one of the road’s small cul-de-sacs, which had been officially closed off for the day with the approval of South Gloucestershire Council.
Joint organiser Jan Parkin told The Journal:
“We had a fantastic day and we all met neighbours we didn’t even know before, even though some of us have lived here for eight to ten years!”
Lynette Hopkins, founder of Bosom Buddies, a local voluntary breast cancer support group,visited the party in the late afternoon to be presented with a cheque for £257.95, representing the total amount raised by the event.
Bosom Buddies is a voluntary support group formed and managed by breast cancer patients themselves, its aim being to ensure that every woman diagnosed with a breast disease in Bristol and surrounding areas is able to contact a ‘bosom buddy’ for guidance, support and friendship. To find out more about the group, visit their information page on the Well Aware website.
A traditional street party was also held in a cul-de-sac in Pursey Drive, thanks again to a road closure order from South Gloucestershire Council.
Here, about 70 residents and guests from around 20 properties made merry at tables set out along the road. Food was prepared on a BBQ and organised games such as Jenga were said to be on the agenda for later in the afternoon.
Everyone in the street contributed food and/or drink plus a small sum towards the bunting that was stretched from house to house across the road.
Residents of the cul-de-sac said they are used to socialising as neighbours, having organised an annual Christmas coffee morning for the last 22 years.
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