Mayor’s events raise £13,000

Eastbourne mayor Janet Coles with members of the two charities and fundraisers at the presentation. SUS-160727-114520001
Eastbourne mayor Janet Coles with members of the two charities and fundraisers at the presentation. SUS-160727-114520001

The former Mayor of Eastbourne has presented two local charities with more than £13,500 collected after a year of fundraising.

Cllr Janet Coles, who was mayor before Cllr Pat Hearn took over the role in May, named Eastbourne RNLI and The JPK Sussex Project for her chosen charities of 2015/6.

Many different fundraising activities took place including the Mayor’s Charity Ball, a barn dance, car wash and a barbecue. Funds for the two charities were also boosted by the Bourne to be Wild team – a group of Eastbourne Borough Council staff who recently completed the Ben Nevis Challenge and raised more than £3,500.

Cllr Coles said, “Thank you to everyone who supported these events and helped raise the impressive sum of £13,591.69, which will be split between the two charities.

“The work they carry out is very different but equally important and I’m pleased to have been able to play a part in highlighting these good causes.”

The JPK Sussex Project supports people with learning disabilities and will provide accommodation, training and work experience from its centre at Edgmond Church in Old Town. The centre is currently undergoing building work.

Eastbourne RNLI was established in 1892 to save lives at sea and relies on fundraising and donations to continue operating.

For more information about The JPK Project visit www.thejpkproject.co.uk or for Eastbourne RNLI log on to www.eastbournernli.org

Eastbourne now has a new mayor who will undertake a number of fundraisers. Cllr Hearn’s two chosen charities this year are Refuge, which helps women and children affected by domestic violence, and The Eastbourne Open Award Centre for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, a programme of personal development for young people.

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