THE future of a popular Christmas community event is under threat if volunteers don't jump on board this week.
Great Harwood's Winter Warmer was launched last year when thousands of people turned out to support local businesses.
The event coincides with the switching-on of the town's Christmas lights and visitors are entertained with food stalls, arts and crafts, a lantern procession and a best-dressed window competition.
However, support has dwindled for this year's event which is due to be held on 1 December and organisers have warned that it may not go ahead.
Event organiser Janet Doyle said: "Everyone we speak to says how much they enjoyed the event last year and want it to go ahead again this year but we just aren't getting the support we need.
"We started with a small group of volunteers in July and hoped others would come forward as publicity and the event organisation got underway but unfortunately this has not been the case."
The organisers are now appealing for businesses, community groups and the people of Great Harwood to support the event with donations or time.
Help is needed immediately, otherwise the Winter Warmer will be cancelled next week.
Funding applications to national grant bodies have been unsuccessful so all the money for the event has had to be raised by the community.
Fund-raiser Barbara Sharples added: "A lot of businesses and groups have promised to have stalls or make donations to the event but despite repeated requests they haven't come forward with their money yet. We can't fund the event on promises."
Final arrangements for traffic management, entertainers, security and first aid now have to be made but this cannot be done until enough money has been secured.
For more information on how to support the team which is organising the Winter Warmer contact Janet on 877266 or Barbara on 882486 or 07754 655182.