A FESTIVAL fundraiser is to be held this weekend.

The Llangollen Eisteddfod is inviting people to help celebrate the launch of their #YourLlangollen fundraising campaign as part of National Fundraising Week (May 20-24) with a free event in the town’s Centenary Square this Saturday, May 25 (11am-4pm).

#YourLlangollen aims to raise awareness of the International Eisteddfod’s charity status and how crucial donations are to maintain this unique festival for future generations.

Visitors can join in the free fun at Centenary Square, featuring entertainment from a variety of performers such as the Chester-based Karamba Samba drumming troop and eclectic local soloist Leonie Ann Kirby.

People can also purchase raffle tickets to win prizes donated from local businesses to support the event’s aim to raise funds for the Eisteddfod.

Eisteddfod chairman Dr Rhys Davies said: “We welcome the world to Wales every year and we know the entire Llangollen community is proud of our International Eisteddfod.

"As with all charities, we rely heavily on charitable donations and are launching the #YourLlangollen fundraising campaign to raise important funds whilst also highlighting our amazing 2019 festival line-up.

“At the event in Centenary Square on Saturday, visitors can enjoy free performances, buy festival tickets, and easily donate.”

Third Sector’s fundraising week started on Monday, May 20 and it aims to highlight the importance of fundraising for charities and not-for-profit organisations.

In recent years, the Llangollen Eisteddfod has increasingly required the support of volunteers, sponsorship and donations to deliver the event.

People unable to attend the #YourLlangollen event on May 25 can still show their support by donating.

They can text YourLlangollen5 to 70085 to donate £5, or text YourLlangollen10 to 70085 to donate £10.

Texts will cost the chosen donation amount, plus one standard network rate message.

This charge will be taken from your Pay as you Go credit or added to your monthly mobile bill.

Tickets for this year’s festival can be purchased online at www.llangollen.net or via the box office on 01978 862001.