ONE of the biggest fundraising elements of Redditch’s annual WOSP festival is stuck in a warehouse – because of Brexit.
WOSP – the Great Orchestra Of Christmas Charity – is the Polish equivalent of Children in Need and each year the Redditch event – the biggest in the Midlands – raises thousands of pounds for the cause.
This year though, as well as the festival going online due to Covid, the multi-coloured WOSP T-shirts which are specially imported from Poland, an EC country, and which are a massive seller for the charity, are currently held up.
Despite this organiser Frankie Prazer says the show will go on with a packed programme of entertainment for people to enjoy this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, January 30-31.
“This year we have pulled out all the stops to ensure everyone has a great day,” he said.
“We’ve already raised £2,000 through auctions on WhatsApp and we’re still doing them up to January 31.
“If anyone wants to join in, visit ‘Wosp Redditch’ Facebook Page for more information.
“Our main aim of course is to raise money to buy top quality medical equipment for children in Polish hospitals.”
Saturday, January 30 will see an online DJ night with ‘Kicks FM’ featuring nine DJs playing a range different genres from 5pm and streamed live on the Wosp Redditch Facebook Page.
A number of bands from the UK, Poland and US will also be playing, with music right across the weekend.
Frankie added: “None of this would have been possible without Kamila Poczatek who’s pulled all this together and to our sponsors Pol Market, Polkfolk, Davids Oscars Cars, Stream Valeting, and C and C Flooring Ltd.
“Also to say thank you to Councillor Bill Hartnett for his support and we share our thoughts and love to former Councillor Pattie Lailey who sadly passed away a few weeks ago and who was a big supporter of this event.”