Plea to fill up the Airbourne buckets

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AIRBOURNE fans are being urged to help keep the event flying high by forking out for the bucket collections.

The collections, organised by Eastbourne Hospitality Association, will see proceeds funding flying displays – such as the £12,000 Vulcan – along with much-needed funds for the local Eastbourne RNLI Lifeboat charity.

EHA vice president Marco Giorgi said, “We, along with many in Eastbourne, are very proud of our airshow and want to see it continue for many years to come.

“The bucket collections really do make a difference and will also decide future flying displays at the event, so your help is essential.

“Quite frankly, the more we can raise, the better the flying displays.”

Seventy per cent of the proceeds from the collection are used to fund flying displays at the show, with this year’s headlining aircraft the Vulcan, costing £12,000.

Thirty per cent of the proceeds are given to the Eastbourne Hospitality Association’s chosen charity, the Eastbourne RNLI Lifeboat service, who help provide safety boat provision along the flying display line.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism Councillor Neil Stanley said, “Eastbourne Hospitality Association is a key partner in delivering a huge event like Airbourne.

“Their support in organising and manning the charity bucket collections is essential in securing the airshow’s future, but with so many visitors to the show, we desperately need more collectors to help them out.”

Volunteers are asked to help with the retiring collection at the end of each day at locations along the seafront and at Beachy Head.

To volunteer as a bucket collector contact Marco Giorgi on 07917 714929 or email marcogiorgi@hotmail.co.uk

Airbourne is estimated to bring in more than £27 million in visitor spending each year, filling up hotel bed spaces and attracting new and younger visitors to the town, with around a third of visitors being aged under 35.

Cllr Stanley added, “Putting on a free airshow isn’t easy, but by raising more donations this year, it will help us budget for bigger flying displays in future years. We’re simply asking if you enjoyed the Vulcan, The Blades or the B17, then please do donate before you head home and help us bring them and even more back next year.”