DYW Down Your Way: Hampden Park (June 20th)

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DO YOU look after someone who would otherwise struggle without your help and support? There are a lot of carers in Hampden Park and Willingdon Trees, and this year the Hampden Park Sainsbury’s have been raising funds for the local Care for the Carers organisation, who advises and supports carers in the area. This week is Care for the Carers Week and in the store today (Wednesday), tomorrow and Friday leaflets and advice will be given to Carers who are doing their own shopping or for the person for whom they care. Sainsbury’s have raised over £1,000 for this vital local charity - find out more about them on 01323 738390.

Their charity for the forthcoming year is Eastbourne Ambulance Community First Responders. This group of volunteers are given a short, intensive training programme enabling them to be ‘first at the scene’ of an emergency. They are contacted through the ‘999’ system and can give basic life support until the ambulance crew arrives.

THANKS to the generosity of a group of Willingdon Trees residents, the local branch of the RNLI will receive much-needed funds. As part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, residents of Croxden Court in Croxden Way enjoyed a Jubilee tea party on the Bank Holiday Sunday and raised almost £100 with a raffle. There will be further events, including some open afternoons - watch this space for more details

IT IS Summer Fayre time again! For residents of Hampden Park and Willingdon Trees who have any connection with friends or family with an autistic child, now is your chance to support the marvellous work done by the voluntary group Families For Autism. They are having a fun afternoon at Saint Elizabeth’s Church, Victoria Drive, on Saturday, June 30, noon-4pm. There will be train rides, bouncy castle, face painting, plant stall, homemade jams, marmalades and cakes, tombola and faffle. Find out more from Julie on 07098 314102. Information on the charity at www.familiesforautism.com

HOW much do readers know about the history of Hampden Park? The area has a fascinating past, and on Saturday, July 7, there is an evening with William Pratt, an expert on the subject, and will give an illustrated talk at St Mary’s Church Hall, Decoy Drive, starting 7pm. Entry is free and there will be refreshments.

WILLINGDON Trees Community Games Day is being held at Holly Park in Maywood Avenue, 11am-3pm on Sunday, July 8, to be opened by the Mayor, Councillor Mike Thompson. Entry is free and activities will include wall climbing, mini zorbing, archery, street games, family races, face painting, bouncy castle and much more. There will be refreshments and an assortment of interesting stalls. This is being organized by Places for People as a family community event.

THE Special Parents Group based in Willingdon Trees are holding their annual, and very successful, Quiz night at the Drive Public House in Victoria Drive on Saturday, July 21 First prize will be £50 and there are other prizes. Doors open 7.30pm for an 8.15pm start. Book with Rachel on 07522 847742.