The Benevolent Fund set up in the aftermath of Wednesday’s Eastbourne Pier fire is almost at the £4,000 mark.
The money will be used to help traders who had individual units on the pier to open pop-up shops, buy stock and equipment and re-employ their staff.
The Eastbourne Pier Benevolent Fund is being administered by the Chamber of Commerce and is supported by the Friends of Eastbourne Pier, the Town Team, Eastbourne Hospitality Association, Eastbourne Borough Council, Eastbourne Can and Stephen Lloyd MP.
Already business and individuals have been donating money including the Friends of Seaside Recreation Ground (£740), Colvin Cleaners (£500), HSBC (£250), Friends of Eastbourne Pier (£215), Grafters Recruitment (£200), UKIP (£200), D B Appliances (£100), Parker Building Supplies (£100), Herron Fisher (£100) and Recruitment South East (£100).
Christina Ewbank at the Chamber said, “This is about helping Eastbourne Pier businesses survive and people’s generosity is very much appreciated.”
People can donate online through PayPal or Justiving or cheques payable to Eastbourne Pier Benevolent Fund can be sent to the Chamber Office, 7 Hyde Gardens, Eastbourne, BN21 4PN. People can also call the office on 641144 to make credit card payments or make BACS transfers using the reference EPBF, sort code 40 20 06, account number 92154501.
In addition, businesses are offering practical help. Pier traders will be given free market pitches and stalls at the market every Sunday and Wednesday for the rest of the year, temporary offices have been offered free of charge by the Afton Hotel, mini-marquees will be placed near the pier to house the concessions and a building on the promenade for the Glass Studio. Nicky Fisher of Herron Fisher has offered free financial guidance to help the pier businesses survive this difficult time.