Southend Airshow organisers need more donations to bring the event back this year

Echo: Former Southend mayor Nora Goodman is helping with the campaign Former Southend mayor Nora Goodman is helping with the campaign

Airshow supporters are being asked to pitch in to help raise £70,000 to bring it back to Southend this year.

Organisers hope to hold the Southend Airshow and Military Festival on September 6 and 7, but need another £70,000 for it to happen.

The Save Southend Airshow campaign, backed by the Echo, has raised £150,000 so far, but needs to raise the rest by the end of March and has set up a web page to make it easy for people to donate.

The regular summer airshow was scrapped last year when Southend Council withdrew its funding, but a campaign led on Facebook by campaigners John Delaney and Tom Curtis has led to a surge of support. Now people can go online to make a pledge.

A statement from John and Tom said: “There is just nine weeks to hit our target. We have raised an amazing £150,000 so far and are so close to achieving our goal, but we need to raise a further £70,000 or there will be no airshow in 2014.

“If we fail to meet the targets, the funds raised through donations will be allocated to our five chosen charities.”

Former Southend mayor Nora Goodman, who is helping with the campaign, said: “The other day one of my friends said ‘I don’t mind putting a tenner in’ – if everyone I knew did that we’d be well on our way.

“We have to start thinking about small amounts now, because if we don’t manage to raise the money it can’t go ahead.”

She added: “What we have planned is the biggest and best airshow Southend, maybe even the country, has ever produced.”

The new donation page is available online via the Bmycharity website and is available at www.bmycharity.com/charities/SouthendAirshow.

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7:48am Tue 28 Jan 14

Dan-Hockley says...

It would be an absolute tragedy if this money was not raised.

I, for one, have donated - with pleasure - as a result of the Facebook campaign.

There was so much public uproar when the airshow was cancelled and the organisers have put in a heck of a lot of effort on our collective part to bring the airshow back.

It's time for the people of Southend to put their money where their mouth is. These guys have done absolutely everything they can - and yes, it's a shame that some big companies locally haven't just picked up the bill, but that doesn't mean that we should all just sit back and become a bunch of "I told you so" merchants.

And let's be honest, where else could you spend £5 or so and get a full day's entertainment?

So come on Southend, don't just sit back and let someone else do all the work, be a part of it.
It would be an absolute tragedy if this money was not raised. I, for one, have donated - with pleasure - as a result of the Facebook campaign. There was so much public uproar when the airshow was cancelled and the organisers have put in a heck of a lot of effort on our collective part to bring the airshow back. It's time for the people of Southend to put their money where their mouth is. These guys have done absolutely everything they can - and yes, it's a shame that some big companies locally haven't just picked up the bill, but that doesn't mean that we should all just sit back and become a bunch of "I told you so" merchants. And let's be honest, where else could you spend £5 or so and get a full day's entertainment? So come on Southend, don't just sit back and let someone else do all the work, be a part of it. Dan-Hockley
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10:11am Tue 28 Jan 14

Happy Chickie says...

Yay! I donated a tenner. This is great, well done you guys. I hope it goes the whole way - it will be bigger and better than ever. Good luck!
Yay! I donated a tenner. This is great, well done you guys. I hope it goes the whole way - it will be bigger and better than ever. Good luck! Happy Chickie
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1:27pm Tue 28 Jan 14

abd123 says...

I think people are putting their money where there mouth is. I think most people are either neutral about it or do not support it. You never hear it as a topic of conversation. I am neutral in that if they raise the money and it goes ahead, good for them but it is not something I am interested in.
I think people are putting their money where there mouth is. I think most people are either neutral about it or do not support it. You never hear it as a topic of conversation. I am neutral in that if they raise the money and it goes ahead, good for them but it is not something I am interested in. abd123
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3:17pm Tue 28 Jan 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

If the required amount hasn't yet been raised, with all the publicity, then postpone it till next year, twice the money and twice the aircraft, or it will fail...
If the required amount hasn't yet been raised, with all the publicity, then postpone it till next year, twice the money and twice the aircraft, or it will fail... You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
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