Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 22 February 2021
HINCKLEY’S LOCAL HISTORY group, Hinckley District Past and Present, have distributed the contents of their ‘Local Good Causes Fund’, which they raised through their fundraising efforts last year (2020).
Despite the coronavirus pandemic affecting the local nostalgia group’s regular monthly social nights, they were not deterred from fundraising, as this was instead achieved virtually, through four virtual grand prize draws.
The grand prize draws were successfully promoted throughout the weekly group-produced live streams which had been broadcast two times a week from every week since lockdown began back in March 2020.
The informative and fun live sessions are still actively being held through Facebook’s “Facebook Live” platform in the exclusive member’s only Hinckley District Past and Present group.
Episodes can be watched live by becoming a group member on Facebook, or on-demand by watching through the group’s official YouTube channel.
The group celebrated another huge fundraising success in their production of a DVD titled “Wonderful Historic Hinckley”, created by Paul Gardner, and narrated by Greg Drozdz of Hinckley and District Museum.
The DVD was available directly from the group where it could be posted and sent to members, or from Castle Street retailer Jaspers of Hinckley who sold them in store – nearing Christmastime, nearby retailer Cicely Pickering sold the DVD as a gift which proved popular as a ‘favourite’ gift with Christmas shoppers.
The success of the DVD sale has led to a permanent sale of the disk at the Jaspers of Hinckley once the national lockdown is lifted.
The good causes were contacted with the good news that they were to get a donation from the group last month in early January.
The chosen charities were:
- Re-Comfort Fund Group Barwell
- Salvation Army and Community Kitchen
- Friends of Hinckley Station
- Heart of England Boxing Club
- 12th Hinckley Methodist Guides and Jada Clarke
- Hinckley Helpers
- Lawrence House (Hinckley Homeless Group)
- 6th Hinckley St. Francis Scouts
- St. Mary’s CL & CGB Marching Band
- Concordia Theatre
- Re-Engage (Hinckley, Barwell, Earl Shilton)
- Hinckley Area Foodbank
- Little Souls Wildlife Rescue
- Hinckley & District Museum
- Mencap Centre, Hinckley
Since the group have launched in 2015, they have donated an approximate total of £15,000 to good causes locally.
The group would usually hold a presentation evening where the recipients would collect their donation, but because of lockdown, recipients were asked by the group to send over pictures and a video “thank you”, which was shown in the group’s popular two weekly live streams on Facebook and YouTube.