Hailsham: Bonfire night buckets raise more than £750

A CHARITY collection held at Hailsham Bonfire raised more than £750 for local good causes.

Thousands flocked to the town last month to enjoy the procession of bonfire boys and drumming sections who had come from all over Sussex to join in the fun.

And organisers confirmed this week that the volunteer bucket janglers who manned the streets on the night netted £758.18.

That will now be split between St John Ambulance, The Samuels Children’s Charity and Sussex Search and Rescue.

A spokesman for the Hailsham Bonfire Society said it had been overwhelmed by the support it had received from local people.

Mike Farley thanked everyone who donated or helped in the run-up to the bonfire, saying, “Particular mention must go to Brad Mitchell, PJ Skips, Sussex Search and Rescue and the mayor of Hailsham.”

He added, “The majority of the funds needed to stage our annual celebrations are raised by the hard work of members of the bonfire society.

“To continue with this year’s success we are always looking for new members, helpers or sponsors who can assist in numerous tasks from fundraising to the making of the 1,500 torches carried throughout the procession.”

Anyone interested in joining or helping in any way should contact Ian Broderick on 01323 441514 Further details can be found at www.hailshambonfire.org.uk.