Charity fireworks set to go off with a bang

Charity fireworks set to go off with a bang

Lucy Elder

Charity fireworks set to go off with a bang

Fireworks and autumn fun in aid of a charity supporting disadvantaged children looks set to go off with a bang at Maidenhead United FC.

Una Loughrey, The Link Foundation chairman, and Joanna Baker, charity relationship manager

Now in its seventh year, The Link Foundation Fireworks and Fun event is hoping to attract the crowds to enjoy the pyrotechnics at the York Road venue.

Last year the event drew about 1,800 people and made £3,950 profit, which went to help children in need.

The display will start at 7pm and there will also be a funfair and glowing goodies for children to enjoy.

As it is staffed entirely by volunteers, more than 97 per cent of donations the charity receives are able to go directly to the children it supports with the remaining three per cent used for overheads.

"It is my favourite event," said charity chairman Una Loughrey, adding she hoped the event will have 'the feel and smell of autumn'.

There will be hot dogs, burgers, chips and cakes on offer as well as a fully licensed bar and mulled wine.

Colourful flames at last year's display

The Link Foundation is a Maidenhead-based charity which provides grants to disadvantaged children for toys and basic essentials such as food and clothing.

Mrs Loughrey spoke of what inspired her to set up the foundation.

"I think it was a case that people think because it is an affluent area there is not a need," she said.

"But there is a great need."

The event takes place on Saturday, November 2, from 5-7.30pm and tickets cost £5 on the gate for adults, £3 for children and under threes are free.

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