Businesses in Pudsey have turned to crowdfunding to support the town’s Christmas lights this year – and are asking local residents for their support.
Following criticism that the festive lights switch on in Pudsey might have been a bit of a lacklustre affair in recent years, the Pudsey Business Support Group (PBSG) is hoping to raise £5,000 to change all that.
PBSG is a group of local businesses and individuals campaigning to get Pudsey back on the map and once again be a thriving market town.
The lights are funded annually by Leeds council, but the authority has been hit by a series of budget cuts from central government and can’t provide as many lights as it used to.
PBSG has set up a JustGiving page where people can pledge donations towards the 2015 lights. All proceeds raised will go to the Christmas lights and so far £40 has been raised. They say:
“Many of the PBSG members are local residents and business owners who just want to support the local community. In recent years the funding for such events has been limited, and with our help and local council continued support we can make a improvement on the current Christmas light display enhancing its appearance to attract old and new visitors to give a vibrant feel to Pudsey town centre.”
Local Businesses, families or individuals have a chance to sponsor a Christmas light display,and each sponsored light will have the option of advertising/ display their family or companies name under each light.
For more information on sponsoring a light, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PBSG also held a Pudsey fun day earlier in the year to raise money towards the lights.