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Boost for Taunton's Christmas lights appeal
2:50pm Friday 19th October 2012 in News
A CAMPAIGN for Christmas lights in Taunton town centre has gained a £10,000 boost.
If traders can put up £10,000, Taunton Deane Council says it will match it.
The match-funding pledge comes a fortnight after the authority said it didn’t have enough money for festive lights in the county town this year.
And when Taunton Town Centre Company said it was also unable to fund the traditional lights, Cllr Kelly Durdan approached firms for donations.
Her efforts led to a rethink at the Deane House after council leader Cllr John Williams was impressed by her efforts.
He said: “We’ll match-fund whatever is raised up to a maximum of £10,000 because there’s now been a clear demonstration of self-help and we felt this would be a just reward.
“I applaud Kelly Durdan’s initiative – we have to encourage that sort of self-help. I welcome the contributions from everyone.”
Kelly and her team, which includes Caroline Kelly and Gemma Swinbern, have been using a base at Taunton Fire Station and met fire chiefs and council leaders this week.
They are aiming to raise £40,000 and stressed they plan to buy lights rather than rent them so any fundraising will be a long-term investment.
Kelly added: “We have some fantastic ideas but it all depends on what funds can be raised for what promises to be a spectacular evening’s entertainment.
“It’s nice Taunton Deane Council recognises how the community has come together and is willing to support my campaign.” The group is getting admin support by Taunton Town Centre Company.
You can donate by calling Kelly Durdan on 07789-871856.