Celebrate New Year's Eve on The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells

Have a great time and raise money for charity

What is 'Hug-Many'?

Ian Andrew, a former partner at Michael James Insurance, now Aston Lark, who insure many of the businesses in The Pantiles and in Tunbridge Wells, walked out on to The Pantiles one New Year's Eve a few years ago and noticed it was completely empty. He had the idea to have a party for the town for people of all ages to celebrate together and on this one special day to raise as much money as he could for local cancer charities.

His idea was for everyone to have a wonderful time together, to make new friends, and leave knowing they have done some good for many people who are in a less fortunate position.

He came up with the name 'Hug-Many' (a play on the Scottish word for New Year`s Eve, Hogmanay) as the event was for everyone and to help those in need.

Polly Taylor at the local charity, The Pickering Cancer Drop-in Centre, told Ian that the thing most people wanted if they discovered they may have cancer, was a 'Hug' and an offer of support and that his idea of 'Hug-Many' encapsulated that....and 'Hug-Many' was born.

The live bands, the DJ with a laser light show, the countdown clock, and the finale with the piper, and the enormous firework display over the Pantiles along with all the cafes and restaurants being open are what has made this such a fantastic event for Tunbridge Wells. 

Who is 'Hug-Many' for?

'Hug-Many' is a family-friendly event on the Pantiles in Tunbridge Wells and is open to all.

The aim is to celebrate in style in Kent/Sussex's largest public New Year's Eve event while raising money for local charities. 

Donation: £10 per adult plus 50p fee to cover PayPal costs

There is no charge for badges for children under 12, but if you would like to give a donation for children under 16 at 'Hug-Many' on New Year's Eve it would be so very much appreciated by our charities. Thank you.

The idea behind 'Hug-Many' is simple

For many people with a terminal illness, a hug can make all the difference.  So Hug-Many invites you to see in the New Year sharing as many hugs as possible - while having a great time and raising money for three amazing charities.  

The Pickering Cancer Drop-in Centre

The Centre supports anyone who is touched by cancer: patients, their family, friends and carers.  The self-funding registered charity was established by a group of cancer patients, who recognised the need for somewhere to go to relax and talk with others in a similar situation. They also realised that families, friends and carers need a place to find information and talk freely, without burdening the patient or each other. The aim is to help and support anyone going through the emotional upset of cancer, from diagnosis onwards, be they patients, their partners, children, friends or carers. www.pickeringcancercentre.org.uk

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ellenor is a charity funded by the generosity of our local community, offering the best care and support to families facing terminal illness in Kent. ellenor’s Children’s Hospice Care, formerly known as chYps, is provided in the comfort of the family home. 

ellenor is the only charity in the county that provides hospice care for people of all ages – babies, children and adults - and their families. This includes pain and symptom relief, end of life care, respite, bereavement support and emotional and spiritual care.

ellenor’s Children’s Hospice Care, formerly known as chYps, is provided in the comfort of the family home and spans across North and West Kent and the London Borough of Bexley. www.ellenor.org

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Macmillan Cancer Support

Helping everyone with cancer live life as fully as they can. Macmillan provides specialist healthcare, support, practical advice and information to people affected by cancer along with campaigning for better cancer care. 

Macmillan Cancer Support