LETTER: Amazed by the generosity

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Over the past three years, my daughter Abby and I have put on several successful charity events in Eastbourne, raising thousands of pounds for three local charities – the Salvation Army, Families for Autism, and the Rockinghorse Children’s Charity.

This has only been made possible with the help and support of so many local businesses and individuals. We don’t belong to any organisation so we are 100 per cent reliant on help from the community, and it never ceases to amaze me how generous, helpful and kind businesses and individuals are.

So through the Herald newspaper – who themselves have been extremely helpful in promoting our events – we would like to say a massive thank you on behalf of the three charities.

Just before Christmas we put on a charity night. We had more than 70 performers who had given up their Saturday night to perform, so thank you to Eastbourne Stagers, street-dance crew Demo Squad, Resonate, Samuel Say, Phoenix Choir, Kristopher Singh, and Con Cronin who hosted the night.

Some of the local businesses that made the night possible financially and by supplying amazing raffle prizes (we had prizes donated to the value of £600) were: Dave Bell from DB Autos, Rico and Eileen from Seaside Cafe, Mark Edwards from Crown Carpets, and Paul Denness from Town Property.

Other companies that gave us their support include Eastbourne Theatres, Toby Carvery, Aegon Tennis, Marks & Spencer, Plan Ahead, Bonners, The Chocolate House, Daisychain Hampers, Sussex Cars, Brufords, and I’d like to give special thanks to Toni & Guy hairdressers, Asda for supplying 100 mince pies and Sainsbury’s in Hampden Park for supplying 100 sausage rolls.

I could easily fill another page with thank yous, but I must finally thank Katie McDonald and Emma Hammett, local MP Caroline Ansell and her family, and Mayor Janet Coles.

Don McPhee

Hankham Hall Road, Hankham

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