Charity searches for sponsor to rescue annual Scarecrow Trail community event By Ivo Le Maistre Smith on Monday 18 April 2016

Family Nursing & Home Care (FNHC) will be forced to cancel its annual Scarecrow Trail unless a sponsor comes forward to help with the costs of running the popular community event.

This year’s event, which is pencilled in for the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd of July, would coincide with the charity’s FNHC Awareness Week, for which a series of events and health checks are being organised to help to raise the profile of FNHC’s many vital services and role in the community.

The FNHC Scarecrow Trail, which launched in 2014, sees properties all along the Railway Walk, from Corbière to St Aubin, display scarecrows made by individuals, local groups, schools and local businesses.  Islanders are then invited to walk or cycle the route finding and identifying the scarecrows and then vote for their favourites.

A team from Poplars Day Centre was crowned winner of the 2015 Scarecrow Trail with their rendition of the Tin Man, from The Wizard of Oz. The centre cares for elderly Islanders with mental health problems, and the process of designing and building the scarecrow provided the residents with the chance to socialise and take part in a creative activity. 

The theme for this year’s event is ‘royalty’, and FNHC has received expressions of interest from a host of schools and organisations wanting to create their own scarecrows.

Ivo Le Maistre Smith, Fundraising Manager at FNHC, said: ‘The Scarecrow Trail is great fun for all of the family and helps to raise much needed funds for Family Nursing & Home Care. It would be a real shame for us to cancel this year’s event, particularly when we know that a number of schools and community groups have already expressed interest in entering their scarecrows and chosen their ‘royalty’ figure.

‘We really hope that a sponsor will be able to step forward and save the event. Over 500 Islanders participated in 2015, and many wrote to express their delight at how much fun the event had been.  As this would be our third year of running the event, we know that we would be looking at a sponsorship cost of around £1,000. We’d love to hear from any businesses that might be in a position to help us out.’

Any businesses that may be able to help by sponsoring the 2016 FNHC Scarecrow Trail are invited to contact Ivo Le Maistre-Smith for more information on ivo@fnhc.org.je or 01534 443664.