Local artists raise £1k for mayor’s cause

Mayor and his wife at the exhibition with members of the The Eastbourne Society of Artists.

Mayor and his wife at the exhibition with members of the The Eastbourne Society of Artists.

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The Eastbourne Society of Artists helped raised £956 for the Mayor’s chosen charity, Lark in the Park.

Hundreds of visitors to the exhibition of work by society members at the Town Hall helped raise the money through commissions, a raffle, donations and refreshment sales.

Mayor Cllr Mike Thompson thanked everyone who attended the two-day exhibition, just one of several events on his fundraising calendar.

He said, “It was great to see so many people attend the exhibition where the talent of our local artists was there for everyone to see.

“I am thrilled by the amazing amount of money raised, supported by the large number of pictures purchased by the public.

“I hope to see a good turnout for my other fundraising events in the coming months so we can collect as much as possible for Lark in the Park.”

The exhibition kicked off a busy few months for the Mayor’s charity appeal.

On March 1, a Speakeasy Night will be held at the Winter Garden while on April 19, a fashion show will be held at the Town Hall.

Last year Cllr Thompson raised £5,000 by organising a sponsored abseil from the roof of the council offices and £600 at a quiz at Langney Sports Club.

Lark in the Park is an Eastbourne based Charitable Trust for local youngsters with special needs.

The group works with ages five to 25 and the disabilities include Downs Syndrome, Autism and Cerebral Palsy.

Lark in the Park provides holiday breaks for the youngsters as well as an annual Christmas Party.