With the Barrington Centre firmly on the road to success following its shock closure and rescue within a week by its local community and major local charity Prama, Saturday’s fundraising concert proved Ferndown’s determination to keep the heart of its community beating.
Like a phoenix, the Barrington Centre in Ferndown has risen from the ashes and its first fundraising concert since reopening made a healthy £1,600.
Giving their time for free, a host of local performers gathered on 4 February, promising a great night of entertainment. Entry was free, with donations being made on the door and there was a raffle.
The general manager Andy Bryant said, “We are overwhelmed by the fantastic support our community is showing us, demonstrating how important the Barrington is to Ferndown.
“Saturday evening was a truly brilliant night and the calibre of local Ferndown artists always amazes me. In a very short period of time the fundraiser was put together and we would especially like to thank Jenny Oag for her amazing efforts.”
Jenny added that there were so many acts that wanted to support the fundraiser, she had to turn some away. “We didn’t have the time, so hopefully at the next one, we can fit them in,” she said.
Andy said there had been some generous cash donations from individuals and the local businesses in the town, adding, “We had so many donations for prizes for the raffle that we’d have to mention nearly every business in town, but a special mention goes to Motabitz for the donation of a mountain bike.
“The concert also presented a really good opportunity for the CEO of Prama, Steve Robinson, to take to the stage and to say a few words and introduce himself and his charity. We did ask him to sing a song or two but he politely declined.
“With the raffles and the donations combined on the evening we received over £1,000 and we also took another £600 over the bar.
“All-in-all an extremely brilliant result and we are so grateful as this money goes to helping ensure the future of the Centre and everything which goes on here for the Ferndown Community.
“Thank you to everyone who came along on the night and to all of Ferndown for the support and donations.”