The friends of Sandall Park are incredibly loyal to the local businesses that support them. Over the years such support has included both financial support and ‘in kind’ support – and each is as important as the other.
For example our biggest sponsor is Ready Steady Store (on Wheatley Hall Road, Doncaster) who store our equipment and support with manpower at various events in the park including the annual Santa Dash as well as the Ready Steady Store sponsored Easter Egg Hunt.
In terms of finance the FoSP need £600 a year to exist – that covers things like insurance, website, printing and other overheads. The group have to fundraise to finance these costs.
On top of the basic cost for the group to survive FoSP now purchase all consumable items for the toilets in the park – another annual cost of £600. The group continuously apply for grants for major developments in the park and most require a percentage contribution towards a grant – which can be as much as £3,000.
Other ad-hoc costs include supplying bases for memorial benches, purchasing paint to maintain existing benches and picnic benches.
You can easily see that administering a successful community group is not cheap and the group has to find this money every year.
Sponsoring FoSP need not simply be about cash. ‘In kind’ assistance is just as important and can easily be more profitable. Could you supply the consumables for the toilets? Could you supply the paint for maintenance? If you can be of any help at all please contact us via our contacts page.