What happens to the money?
People pay by PayPal. We take out the cost of the flowers (we are fairly cheap with the flowers) and the remainder goes Special Effect. Each year Joe puts up an accountancy giving all of the details.
Do you have all the permissions?
Indeed we do and it’s a funny story…
In 2014 a charity we wanted to support said that they would only be able to help spread word of the event if got official permission from the council (although they we’re willing to take the money regardless).
So Joe spent a few hours on the phone to Manchester City Council before eventually reaching the relevant official who asked a few sensible questions and they said we didn’t need permission (he was more concerned with things getting in the way of traffic and crude graffiti, laying flowers isn’t really something the council worry about).
We went back to the charity with this information and were told they said that they still acknowledge any support because “it might get bigger every year”, but they were still happy to take our money. At this point we gave up and contacted Special Effect who have been wonderful in every way.
We tidy up after ourselves and are generally polite and helpful.
When do they go up?
Fairly early in the morning on the 23rd.
Why doesn’t the money go to eQuality Time?
While eQuality Time is certainly charitable, it’s project-and-grant based at the moment – it’s not really something that people would donate to (rather like a university).
Are donations anonymous?
They are, although if you would like a special message put on your bunch, let us know and we’ll handle that for us.
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