Lunch success delights hospice

Supporters of St Wilfrid's Hospice at the Eastbourne fundraiser.
Supporters of St Wilfrid's Hospice at the Eastbourne fundraiser.

A CHARITY lunch at the Saffrons raised more than £30,000 for St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

The cash will help fund specialist equipment at the hospice’s new Broadwater Way centre – currently being built and due to open next year.

More than 300 attended the fundraiser, which was held in a giant marquee in the sports grounds and 100 plus pupils from Eastbourne College volunteered as waiters and waitresses.

Organised by a committee led by Rosemary Ross, the event was backed by a host of local businesses and benefactors and included an auction for a range of lots, including money can’t buy days out, a signed England football shirt and even an entire trailer of best Sussex manure.

Lunch was accompanied by music from Eastbourne College students – with headmaster Simon Davies only too happy to help out the hospice.

He said, “The college is very pleased to support this event and wishes to continue to be involved with fund raising for St Wilfrid’s Hospice. The girls and boys are delighted to be contributing to such a worthwhile cause which is of benefit to the whole Eastbourne community.”

Chief executive of the hospice Kara Bishop said the event had been a huge success and was keen to thank everyone who helped out.

“It was an amazing day and a massive thanks has to go both the committee and those who attended,” she said.

“The event not only raised a staggering amount of money but gave us the opportunity to talk to many people about our work and our campaign to transform end of life care.

“We’re confident that the event will also see many other benefits emerge over time through the great contacts we made on the day. We can’t thank those who attended enough.”

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