Save our stripes!

Beachy Head Lighthouse
Beachy Head Lighthouse

CAMPAIGNERS hoping to raise thousands of pounds to repaint the iconic Beachy Head Lighthouse are appealing for schools, businesses and organisations to donate to the appeal.

The Save Our Stripes appeal has been launched by the Eastbourne Herald, Eastbourne Rotary AM and the Facebook group Keep Our Beachy Head Lighthouse’s Stripes and this week the first £100 donation was paid into a special bank account.

At least £20,000 is needed to pay for a specialist team to repaint the iconic red and white stripes at the light tower after Trinity House, which owns the building, announced it could not afford to pay for the facelift.

Support for the fundraising appeal has been gaining momentum and already has the backing of Eastbourne Borough Council, MP Stephen Lloyd, South Downs National Park Authority, the Friends of Beachy Head Countryside Centre and the World Lighthouse Society.

On Fridays November 18 and November 25 volunteers will be collecting from shoppers in Eastbourne town centre and it is hoped schools will hold mufti days asking pupils to dress as lighthouses and businesses across the town will encourage employees to wear red and white in return for a donation.

There is also a dedicated website, donated by Hughes Web Services, at www.keepthebeachyheadlighthousestripes.org.uk and donations can be made an any NatWest branch or via online banking payable to Eastbourne AM Rotary Club Lighthouse, sort code 524100, account number 40384616.

Campaign organiser Shirley Moth said, “We would like to hear from any organisations who would like to hold an event for us to raise money for the appeal. Perhaps there are groups willing to hold coffee mornings or cake sales to help boost the funds.”