Pancake Race 2021 statement

After 23 years of annual Shrove Tuesday fun on Broad Street, it’s with a really heavy heart that we are announcing the cancellation of Launchpad’s Pancake Race for 2021.

In the current climate, it’s impossible to hold this event whilst ensuring everyone’s safety. We’ve thought of every which way to reproduce this much-loved fundraiser online but we feel the community spirit and cheering crowds, the local business’ competitiveness in the races (!), the crazy fancy dress – and most of all the excitement and fun of the event – just won’t work digitally.

We’ve been forced to cancel a number of fundraising events over the last year because of COVID-19 and we are coming to terms with the fact that the first part of this year (at least) is likely to continue in the same vein. Our hope is that once we are all safe, we can come back with bigger and better events for our fantastic Launchpad community to take part in and enjoy, and together raise record amounts to support people who are homeless in Reading.

A small consolation is that we’ve been doing lots of work behind the scenes over Christmas, and our supporters are now able to make single or monthly donations via our website rather than JustGiving. This is a much quicker and simpler donation process, and means there are no JustGiving fees.

So, if you would like to make a donation to Launchpad, your generosity at this time really does mean everything to us. We are still open during the pandemic and supporting hundreds of vulnerable people in crisis – whether they are street homeless in these cold temperatures or have been made redundant and are worrying about how to pay their rent.

Thank you for your ongoing support – and please do stay safe.

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