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£216raised of £15,000 target by 10 supporters

    Weʼve raised £216 to put on Aylesbury's Festival of Lights 2018, celebrations promises to be a significant step up on 2017. Please donate generously

    Aylesbury, UK
    Funded on Saturday, 27th October 2018

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    I am owner of a much loved lifestyle shop in the town centre of Aylesbury called Holy Cow Home.

    In August last year, I set up Holy Cow Community Events to provide a much loved and valued service for the community,

    Only two months later in October, Aylesbury saw its first community Festival of Lights aka Diwali Mela, with only eight weeks to plan and organise a small group of volunteers came together to organise and execute this event, with great success, it reached out to all ages, both able and disabled, everyone was welcome and only positive feedback was received, with a request to do the event again.

    We would like to make this an annual event, our fundraising efforts helped us make a contribution to "Inspire All" a not for profit organisation set up to provide councilling service to victims of crime in Aylesbury, Chesham and High Wycombe, as well as covering the cost of putting the event on.

    Last event saw over 900 people attend. North Indian and South Indian street food to tantalise your taste buds and Chai Tea, Traditional Dance and vocal performances from local talents, bollywood dance performances and classes, Dhol drummers, learn how to wear a sari, fashion show, why Diwali is celebrated, arts and crafts such as make your own Diya, book marks, henna painting, face painting, story time at Bucks County Museum and lots of wonderful coveted raffle prizes donated by many local businesses and surrounding areas, with naturally, many winners.

    An event like this requires not only volunteers, but to make it an enjoyable one, there has to be entertainment and activities, stage, marquees and gazebos. Prizes for the raffle and insurances to safeguard attendees.

    We need your help so we can continue to do this event again and each year make it better than the previous year! We would like my little market town Aylesbury to become well know for its diverse community events, that is inclusive of everyone, coming together to share and celebrate everything that makes us all unique.

    The date for 2018 Festival of Lights is Saturday 27th October, with lots more activities planned this year.

    Thank you for your support, what goes round comes round, thank you in advance

    Yours sincerely

    Mrs Poonam Gupta




    • Poonam Gupta2 months ago
      Poonam Gupta

      Poonam Gupta

      2 months ago

      Thank you to all our supporters, this event will also benefit from local sponsors, grants and raffle prizes. We got a large part of the costs from National Lottery, and would also like to say thanks to all those lottery players out there who have made this possible. We invite everyone to join us on the 27th October 2018, more details can be found here:

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    • Poonam Gupta5 months ago
      Poonam Gupta

      Poonam Gupta

      5 months ago

      Thank you to Neetan, Jane, Shivani, Deepa and Dinita for kicking off my crowdfunding project. We have a long way to go, and you have helped start the journey, and brought us a few steps closer. Lots of love and thanks for believing in me and my team x

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    Page last updated on: 10/17/2018 12:59 AM



    • Poonam Gupta

      Poonam Gupta

      Aug 6, 2018

      Wishing you every success, in this project.


    • Sarita


      Aug 5, 2018

      Best of luck , you are a inspiration to all with the work you do for the community.


    • Ashima Hindocha

      Ashima Hindocha

      Aug 5, 2018

      Hey Poonam, best of luck with the mela. I’m sure it will be fabulous. Ashima x


    • Dipak bhargava

      Dipak bhargava

      Jul 27, 2018


    • Rita Bhargava

      Rita Bhargava

      Jul 27, 2018


    • Dinita Chouhan

      Dinita Chouhan

      Jul 26, 2018

      Best of luck!


    • Deepa


      Jul 7, 2018

      Hey Poonam ! Wishing you a successful and fun filled event ! I wish we could make it but all our good wishes go out to you 👍


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    Poonam Gupta

    Poonam Gupta

    Aylesbury, UK

    I love a challenge, so I will work day & night to make it happen. When it is for a community its even more rewarding, as I know there is no financial reward, a successful event is the only validation I need, therefore for it not be a success, is not an option, keep me sane.

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