Organisers of last month’s successful Oswaldtwistle Carnival have urged the community to get behind them after a ‘disheartening’ collection raised just over £100.
Volunteers carried donation buckets along the procession route and around White Ash Playing Fields to raise money from the 5,000 visitors to the carnival.
However, the collections raised just £107 - an average of 2p per person - with some people even throwing in foreign loose change including dollars and Euro coins.
Gayle Knight, of the team behind the carnival, said the figure raised was ‘disheartening and disappointing’ despite the overall success of the event.
Speaking to residents at an Oswaldtwistle Area Forum Meeting, she said: “To put on the Carnival, even at the absolute cheapest, it costs around £7,500 because of insurance and hiring stages and toilets.
“We begged and borrowed everything we could and it was all volunteers who did it. We counted the buckets on Monday morning and there was £107. There were a number of dollars, quarters and Euros that got stuck in as well.
“We put on this event and so many people work so hard for this community. If every single person who came had just put £1 in that’s £5,000 and we would be rocking for next time.
“I say it quite light-heartedly and I don’t want to sound too negative as we raised the money and it’s not like it didn’t happen. But it would be so wonderful if the community who came out to support it just gave a few quid.”
Gayle also praised the ‘small team’ who helped put on the carnival.
Organisers hailed it overall as a resounding success, particularly holding the fun day on White Ash Playing Fields as a change from Rhyddings Park, which is undergoing building work.
Coun Peter Britcliffe, Area Forum chairman, said they contributed £2,000 towards the event, however changes to budget rules mean they will not be able to do it in future.
He said: “With that many people there it’s very disappointing that they only raised £107 for all the people watching. If they all had given 10 pence each it would’ve raised more.”