Over 850 people attended a charity fund-raising festival in Great Easton last weekend, raising almost £10,000 for Cancer Research UK – helped by a £1,300 donation from estate agent Mullucks Wells.
The event was organised by Katie Bretman, who lost her father to cancer in 2010, and was held in the garden behind her house at Easton Hall next to the church. She explained: “Every year since my father died I’ve been holding cake sales for the charity, and usually raise around £500. This year I decided to step up my game and organise an entire festival to see if I could raise even more. I wasn’t expecting to get nearly £10,000 though!”
Dubbed ‘Cookie Fest’ after Katie’s father Brian Cook, the festival included stalls, food, a raffle and a strong man, plus music from three local bands The Wonkey Donkeys from Great Dunmow, and Room C and The Rolling Clones, both from Saffron Walden. Mullucks Wells also organised a children’s treasure trail from their vintage 1962 open-top double- decker bus, which parked up at the site.
Katie’s cousin Lloyd Richards – who is Mullucks Wells’ branch manager in Great Dunmow - said: “This festival has been Katie’s dream and ambition to organise and it was wonderful to see so many people coming to support her. The weather was perfect and everybody seemed to have a great time. Our cheque for £1,300 helped push us towards a total figure which currently stands at £9,910.”
Katie added: “I want to thank everyone who attended, as well as friends and relatives for their help and support – especially my cousin Lloyd, my husband Tim and my four children – Charlie (10), Teddy (8), Yasmine (5), and Florence (1).
“I might even consider doing something similar next year – but it’s going to be a struggle to match this!”