Lighthouse campaign appeal off to super start

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THE KEEP the Beachy Head Lighthouse Stripes Appeal has almost topped £1,000.

Campaigners are delighted with the way the appeal to raise around £20,000 to repaint the iconic red and white stripes is going since it was launched last month.

The campaign, run jointly by the Facebook group Keep the Beachy Head Lighthouse’s Stripes, the Eastbourne Herald and Eastbourne Rotary AM, aims to raise enough money for Trinity House, which owns the building but cannot justify the cost of the paint facelift, to pay for a specialist painting team.

Next Friday (November 18) and the following Friday (November 25) volunteers will be out and about in Eastbourne town centre collecting money from shoppers.

Shirley Moth from the Beachy Head Lighthouse Campaign said, “We are delighted with the support so far for the campaign and the donations so far received.

“We are looking forward to our two street collections when we hope the fund will be increased even further.

“We have had messages of support from the World Lighthouse Society, Association of Lighthouse Keepers, Beachy Head Countryside Centre, South Downs National Park, the National Trust and Griff Rhys Jones amongst others.

“The Facebook group has had members joining from the USA and Peru as well as all over the United Kingdom and has more than 2,200 members.

“With the Eastbourne Herald and AM Rotary we are positive that we will raise the necessary funds to repaint this iconic Sussex landmark.”

People wishing to donate to the appeal can do so at any branch of Natwest (sort code 524100, account number 40384616) or at PST in Grove Road, the Eastbourne Herald offices in Lismore Road or at the Arlington Road Surgery in Arlington Road.

There is also a dedicated website, donated by Hughes Web Services, at {http:// www.keepthebeachyheadlighthousestripes.org.uk|www.keepthebeachyheadlighthousestripes.org.uk|keepthebeachyheadlighthousestripes} for further information or click here for more details on how you can donate: Save our Stripes