Sheringham Carnival organisers plea for new volunteers

Sheringham will come alive in mid-August as the town gears up for the Sheringham Carnival.

But organisers need the support of local people to get the event comfortably off the ground.

Volunteers are needed to steward the parade, shake buckets to raise funds, and provide first aid care.

Carnival chairman Stuart McClean said: “We have enough volunteers to run the festival, but we need more so that the burden doesn’t all fall on the same people. Even if it’s just an hour we’d appreciate the help.”

He suggested that in the past, people have taken advantage of the generosity of the festival committee, especially given the fact that they offer free first aiding course to volunteers.

Mr McClean, 63, continued: “It was costing us £2,000 every year to train people up so we decided to bring it in-house and offer free training.

“Sadly people just took the training and we never heard from them again.

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“What people get out of being involved in this is that it’s so rewarding. The more people we have with buckets, the more money we raise,” Mr McClean continued.

“If you’re a trained first aider with CPR and somebody needs it, that first two minutes is vital, we’re not concerned about having an incident at the carnival, it’s more about wanting to reassure people by being there.”

Sheringham Carnival week kicks off on July 29 and runs until August 6, however other events will be happening before and all year round.

To volunteer as a steward, call 07767 678 677.

To volunteer as a first aider email

To volunteer as a bucket collector, contact 01263 479941.

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