Looking ahead, as well as the wonderful opportunities we are describing, there are real financial challenges for Word Alive.
Pontins, who provide our site, have increased their hire fee substantially, causing a potential shortfall in our ongoing budget of around £100,000.
We continue to look at ways we can cut costs and increase our income. We increase the price for onsite accommodation each year broadly by inflation – a higher increase, even with our bursary schemes, would make the event unaffordable for many.
We are increasingly encouraging guests to book accommodation off site and hope to increase our attendance and income through the sale of their event passes.
We regularly review the costs of running the event and make cuts where we can while still maintaining a quality event that serves our guests well. We have looked at other possible sites and different models for the event in the hope of finding a more economic option, but we have found nothing viable.
Therefore, we need an additional source of funds so we can continue to run a high-quality yet affordable event that serves the whole Church year on year.