EXMOUTH CHRISTMAS LIGHTS – the community group formed earlier this year to finance the town's festive illuminations following the lack of lights in 2011 – has achieved its target of around £7,000 to pay for this year's lights. Not only that, but the team will be officially switching on those lights at 4pm at the Exmouth Christmas Cracker on Saturday 1 December…
Last year's lack of Christmas lights spurred Exmouth Christmas Lights founder Laura Freeman, 25, into action. In January this year she called on Exmouth's people to come together and raise the money to finance the lights as a community.
This led to the official formation of ECL, a non-profit organisation aiming to help raise money towards the Christmas lights in Exmouth on a yearly basis.
"The success of ECL this year is the result of a group effort." says Laura. "So many organisations and residents have donated money to ECL, provided us with sponsored goods, and given the organisation a lot of their spare time. ECL's core committee members are made up of less than ten people, who all work full-time or have their own businesses, and I am personally so grateful to these guys who have given ECL so much – you all have my deepest thanks. Without you, this wouldn't have worked.
"Although we have managed to raise the money for this year's Christmas lights, we still desperately need money towards next year's lights, and urge anyone in Exmouth who wants the lights to stay in the town next year to get involved – either by becoming an ECL Member, making a donation, getting involved in fundraising for ECL, or volunteering with ECL in your spare time.
"For more details, please visit www.exmouthchristmaslights.co.uk – and don't forget to like our Facebook page. We are trying to get 500 Likes by Christmas!"
While celebrating its success, the ECL Team will also be hosting a stall at the Exmouth Christmas Cracker on 1 December, with games and prizes to be won, awareness leaflets, membership sign-ups.
Other ECL promotions planned for next year includes a 1970s and 80s Themed Night in February at the Exmouth Pavilion, with all profits going towards EC's funds for Christmas 2013.
Exmouth People congratulates the Exmouth Christmas Lights team for its tremendous fund-raising efforts. Well done ECL!
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