JPK Project supporters have raised £11,000 with a charity golf day, but just days later the charity suffered a set back when planning permission for the project was turned down.
Plans to build a residential centre for people with learning disabilities were turned down by planners at Eastbourne Borough Council last week.
However, Jill Parker, founder of the JPK Project, says support is still strong and only days before the disappointing refusal was presented a cheque from members of Willingdon Golf Club.
A total of 28 teams took part in the golf day with the Mayor of Eastbourne, Cllr Mike Thompson, who opened the event by driving off the first tee. Participants enjoyed a round of golf followed by a raffle, dinner, prize giving and auction.
A total of £11,000 was raised on the day
Mrs Parker said, “This is one of our biggest fundraising events of the year and I was overwhelmed by the friendship generosity and support of those present.
“I would like to offer my grateful thanks on behalf of the JPK, to Chris and his team who, having worked all year on this event, made it such an enjoyable and successful occasion.
“It gives me great strength and encouragement to know that we have so much support for our supported living centre in Eastbourne for people with a learning disability.
“At the same time Des Brockwell presented the JPK with his cheque for £1,180 which he raised earlier in the month from his corporate golf day.
“What a bonus.”