Celebrate Somerset Day and raise money for the Youth Fund!

February 16, 2015

After county-wide public voting, the 11th May has been chosen as the new ‘Somerset Day’, commemorating the same date in 878 when King Alfred of Wessex gathered the people of Somerset to march against and defeat invading Danish fighters. The group behind the initiative, Passion for Somerset, have chosen Somerset Community Foundation as their nominated charity (along with Quartet Community Foundation for the BANES and North Somerset areas) to receive money raised by events celebrating Somerset Day. We will use the funds raised to invest in the next generation growing up in Somerset through our Youth Fund.

Nigel Muers-Raby, who inspired the concept behind Somerset Day said:

 “We have a passion for Somerset and want to work with charities who share that passion and who support our aims and aspirations in bringing together businesses, communities and individuals throughout our county. That is why we have chosen to ask Somerset Day event organisers to give all or part of the proceeds from events they organise to our local Community Foundations – “Somerset” and “Quartet” – who, by their actions, have shown both a deep understanding of, and a deep commitment to, our community and our county.”

Somerset Community Foundation are now calling on all our supporters to help us raise as much money as possible for the Youth Fund by holding fundraising events and schemes in honour of Somerset Day. All fundraising ideas are welcome and the more inventive, the better! As the 11th May falls on a Monday this year, events will take place on Saturday 9th  and Sunday 10th of May as well as on Somerset Day itself, so you have plenty of time to get planning. We know our supporters will come up with some brilliant events and fundraising schemes, but here are some ideas to get your mind whirring:


  • ‘Dress like a Dragon’ Day
  • A sponsored hike up a Somerset Summit
  • Sell Cupcakes for the County
  • Raffle off a basket of Somerset produce
  • If you produce a product in Somerset, why not donate a % of sales on May 11th to Somerset Community Foundation?


We’ll be setting up a page on our website very soon, which has information on just about anything you need to know to put on an event, and links to make sure you stay safe while you raise money. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Hancock or Victoria Malcolm on 01749 344 949.

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