Charities flying high with cash from Airbourne

L-R: Julie Brett (Demelza) Cllr: David Tutt & Sally-Anne Murray (Chailey). SUS-141211-153237001
L-R: Julie Brett (Demelza) Cllr: David Tutt & Sally-Anne Murray (Chailey). SUS-141211-153237001

Chailey Heritage Foundation and Demelza House are enjoying an early Christmas present from airshow fans as the two charities have received more than £10,000 from donation money collected at this year’s Airbourne.

More than £35,000 was donated in total by visitors to this year’s airshow, with 30 per cent allocated to charity and the remainder funding future flying displays at the show.

With each charity receiving £5,280.57, the donation figure marks an increase of over a quarter on donations last year, following a record-breaking Airbourne.

The collection, run by local hoteliers Marco and Cathy Giorgi along with the Rotary Clubs of Sovereign Harbour and Hailsham, helps to fund the flying displays each year at the show.

Cllr David Tutt, who presented the cheques, said, “It is a pleasure to be able to pass these donations on to two incredible Sussex charities.

“Our thanks go to the many volunteers who made this year’s airshow such an astounding success, and of course to the many people who donated – your support is much appreciated and will help bring even more magic to the skies over Eastbourne next year.”

This year’s airshow enjoyed its busiest day ever, with Red Arrows displays every day, a brand new entertainment stage on the beach and the historic flight of the last two remaining airworthy Lancaster bombers in the world, both reunited over Eastbourne.

Councillor Carolyn Heaps added, “This year’s show proved to be our best yet, and it is thanks to public support through these donations, that we can fund such a fantastic flying display.”

Chailey Heritage Foundation is a charitable school in Sussex, helping children and young adults with severe physical disabilities. Demelza House support over 800 life-limited children and their families across East Sussex, Kent and South East London.

Airbourne returns next year from August 13-16.