Schools, clubs and charities across the town are to receive cash from this year’s Eastbourne Half Marathon.
All the organisations receiving money from March’s running event help to benefit the town’s children and young people.
Mike Reid from Reid and Dean Estate Agent and Chartered Surveyors, who organises the event, said, “Over the last two or three years we have struggled to find enough causes to which to make donations which meant that for 2015 we made a very concerted effort.
“In one way that worked well and in another it didn’t, because we have been heavily over sub-scribed with applications.
“This means that there are some clubs and organisations which will not receive anything this year and we are sorry for that.”
Mr Reid asked a good friend, who is terminally ill, to give careful consideration to each cause and allocate the proceeds from the run out to the various charities, clubs and schools.
Ratton School were awarded money to fund a Community Fair for pupils in Years Seven to Ten in producing and managing a fair which introduces students to their community and opportunities to engage with it outside school.
Eastbourne Handball has also received funds. This group was founded following the success of handball at the London Olympics. The teams are now growing and participating in tournaments in the South East. But they need decent kit and this money will enable them to purchase a proper club strip.
Eastbourne Swimming Club will be getting cash to help fund the training for more swimming teachers. The Half Marathon will be funding one person who will be qualified to teach youngsters but will also have a valuable tool for themselves because they can then gain paid work..
Eastbourne AM Rotary is receiving money for its work with the Salvation Army to fund 75 tickets for families to go to the theatre. These children and their parents will have never been to the theatre before either due to penury or disability.
Gildredge House School will have an outdoor classroom and learning environment paid for with the Half Marathon cash.
Matsubayashi-Ryu England Karate Club will receive cash to assist with bringing a karate master to the town and showcase the activity at the Town Hall.
Maps, compasses and camping equipment will be paid for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Sasbah will also be able to part fund seven candidates in their quest for a Gold Department of Education Award thanks to the Half marathon cash.
Mike Reid said he delighted the event has been able to help so many this year.
He said, “Congratulations to those who will receive a donation and we hope it really brings the desired benefit.
“Unfortunately some applicants ruled themselves out of the running as they didn’t identify a specific project or tell us how much is needed. If yours was one of those, then do apply next year but give all the information requested.”
Mr Reid is reminding the people of Eastbourne to make a note of the next Half Marathon.
The annual run always takes place on the first Sunday in March.
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