IHWO were delighted when the Mayor and Mayoress of Northampton asked if there was any way, through the Diwali event, we could work together to help raise awareness and funding for the 2 charities they are supporting.

The project was undertaken in two parts. Before the event a group of very talented and creative individuals produced a lotus flower within which the actual monies for the charities would be collected. Then on the morning of the actual event another group of very enthusiastic ladies created the beautiful pattern you see below – made purely from coloured rice. This became the centre piece for later on when the candle lighting ceremony took place.

The Mayor and Mayoress joined in the festivities with great vigour and together with the young cadets really helped the fundraising effort as well as raise awareness of two charities – Sea Cadets and Megan Fluttery Fund.