Great British evening raises £2,500 for charity


Staff at Eastbourne’s Grand Hotel have held their annual fundraiser and raised thousands of pounds for Eastbourne Mencap.

The charity night was organised by staff at the five star seafront hotel and many worked free of charge on Friday night to help boost the coffers of the charity, which has been helping local people with learning disabilities and their families for more than 60 years.

As well as sitting down to a two course meal of fish and chips and fresh fruit roulade, revellers enjoyed a quiz, a raffle and an auction.

The theme for the night was Great Britain and guests were asked to dress to impress.

The compere for the evening was Susan Tarrant and there were also performances on stage from members of staff.

Money raised will be given to Eastbourne Mencap, which has two residential homes for disabled people in Eastbourne and is planning a major refurbishment of both of them.

Sedgemoor and Framley are registered residential care homes for people with learning disabilities. The 19 people who live there are aged between 18 and 65 years old.

After the event Susan Tarrant said, “Each year the staff arrange a charity night and we are delighted to be supporting Eastbourne Mencap this year. The evening raised £2,500 and was a huge success with everyone enjoying themselves.”

Also at the event was Eastbourne Olympic torchbearer Sue O’Hara and people could have their photo taken with the torch in return for a donation.