The Halloween 'Trick or Treat' along Dundonald Rd and Wrentham Ave has become huge, with an estimated two thousand people joining the fun every (non-Covid-affected) year.
There is now a Facebook group and Instagram feed that tell the story.
It has also become a major fundraising event, with £30,000 being raised over the past two years, thanks to the generosity of local people on the night with the bucket collection, online donations, support from Queens Park Design & Build and residents' matched funding.
The money has helped Anita and Bittu towards their goal of raising £1 million to make children's lives better, with the majority of money going to The Great Ormond St Hospital.
In 2019 we added The Avenues Youth Project as a local beneficiary and this year, because Covid prevented Trick or Treat (and the huge crowds), we teamed up with Salusbury World, Queens Park Books, Winkworth and Queens Park Design & Build to take the crowds off Dundonald Rd and Wrentham and deliver parcel gifts to 430 children, raising £7,800!
Dundonald and Wrentham residents could use help in the following ways (other than continuing to donate, of course!):
1. Can you lend us any equipment/costumes to help us put on the displays - or have contacts you can suggest?
2. Would you like to 'borrow' a garden space on the two roads to decorate and raise money for your own choice of local charity?
(We have the huge numbers of visitors - but many residents in this area don't have the time to decorate).
3. Can you help us collect money on the night? Or help us steward the area, e.g. helping to keep the area safe from traffic?
(We will apply for both Dundonald (again) and part of Wrentham to be closed to traffic for three hours in 2021).