THE organiser of a charity fun day was left fuming after the main attractions were not delivered until 30 minutes before the end of the event.
The Trent and Dove Housing backed Kingfisher Project family fun day took place in Masefield Crescent, Horninglow, with money being raised for MacMillan Cancer Support and St Giles Hospice.
Taking place between midday and 3pm on Friday, the main attraction, which was expected to draw in the young crowds during the summer holidays, were an inflatable bungee run and bouncy castle.
However, as the event started, organisers were still waiting for the inflatables to arrive and after frantic phone calls to the providers, they were finally delivered at 2.30pm.
Organiser Keith Lamare told the Mail: “I feel really let down by the company who provided it and it really kicked us in the teeth.
“The kids were really looking forward to it. It was a bad show by them.
“I get a refund on the costs from Trent and Dove so I have still been able to raise about £260 to go to the two charities but I feel like I’ve let people down.”
However, Dave Kotecha, manager at Alphabet Castles which provided the inflatables, told the Mail he did ‘everything he physically could’ to get in contact with the organisers over concerns the event would be cancelled due to ‘torrential rain’.
He said: “From 8am in the morning I had been trying to get in touch with Dawn Madden – who was my contact at for the event – as it was absolutely hammering it down with rain and it wasn’t castle weather.
“By the time I got an auto reply to say Dawn was away it was nearly 11.45am.
“The first contact I then had from anyone was at 12.15pm saying they still wanted the inflatables but it is not a case of just sending someone out with them.
“We got it down there as soon as we possibly could.”