COLLECTORS were out and about in Eastbourne town centre on Friday, November 25, raising money to help paint the stripes on the Beachy Head Lighthouse.
Recently fundraisers collected £300 in three hours at a stand in the pedestrianised precinct.
The Keep the Beachy Head Lighthouse’s Stripes campaign was launched earlier this year to raise around £30,000 to repaint the iconic red and white stripes at the lighthouse. Standing at 148 feet and made of 3,660 tonnes of Cornish granite, the lighthouse has been regularly painted with distinctive red and white bands since 1980.
However, owners Trinity House recently announced that because of the reliance of today’s mariners on electronic navigational aids, the lighthouse’s decorative appearance was no longer critical and maintaining the paintwork was unaffordable.
The campaign was set up by local enthusiasts on Facebook with the help of the Eastbourne Herald and Eastbourne Rotary AM . Crown Paints, and its new Danish parent company Hempel, has offered to donate all the specialist decorative and protective coatings required to repaint the lighthouse.
The sponsorship deal came about thanks to Brewers, the country’s largest independent decorators’ merchant which is based in Eastbourne, and one of Crown’s biggest customers.
The manufacturers agreed to provide the coatings for the project and Brewers offered to provide all logistical support, storage and deliveries to site.
Liz Hickson, Crown Paints marketing director said, “We’re ideally qualified to be involved with this project because our parent company Hempel supplies the marine and protective coatings in more than 80 countries around the world.
“What’s more, here in the UK, we’ve been decorating and protecting the nation’s lighthouses with hardwearing Sandtex Trade exterior paints for almost half a century, so we have extensive experience of specifying coatings for challenging locations.”
Stan Adams, commercial director at Brewers said, “When we heard the lighthouse had not been granted the funding needed for repainting we were determined to help. The lighthouse has always been an iconic landmark in Eastbourne and because of our expertise in paint it’s been a talking point at Brewers head office for many years
“We’re a local company, which has been based in Eastbourne since 1904. Beachy Head lighthouse is close to our hearts and we’re delighted to participate in its refurbishment.
“The lighthouse means a lot to the local community and we look forward to it looking its best again.”
Shirley Moth, from the Keep the Beachy Head Lighthouse’s Stripes, said, “We’re very grateful for these tremendous offers of assistance from Crown Paints, Hempel and Brewers, which are a great boost to our campaign. We now need to raise approximately £30,000 to pay for the specialist work needed and we are working very closely with Trinity House on this. We have had strong support from the local area, but have also had enquiries from all round the country and further afield such as the USA.”
For details of how to make a donation visit the Natwest Bank in the town centre or log on to www.keepthebeachyhead