MP lends support to deaf club fundraiser

Stephen Lloyd MP at the Deaf Club's barbecue
Stephen Lloyd MP at the Deaf Club's barbecue

A FUNDRAISING and awareness barbecue was held at Eastbourne Deaf Club.

The annual summer event was held at St Mary’s Church Hall in Hampden Park and was attended by Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd and members of Deaf Cultural Outreach Group, a newly-established group of mainly deaf professionals, who are giving their own time to raise awareness of their efforts to establish a new deaf social enterprise.

The aim is to provide access to user led services for deaf people in East Sussex, provided by deaf people, to support deaf people in their preferred language.

Organisers said the barbecue was a huge success with all 100 tickets being sold to deaf people all over Sussex. Eastbourne Deaf Club and DeafCOG has the support of Stephen Lloyd, the vice chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Deafness.

Proceeds from the event will go back to Eastbourne Deaf Club to ensure it can continue to provide an invaluable space for deaf people to meet.

Mr Lloyd said, “It was a pleasure to attend the Eastbourne Deaf Club summer barbecue. I know them well and always feel I am among friends.”

John Lilley, chairman of the club, said, “All went well last Friday at the barbecue. The profit alone came to £322 and this will go into Eastbourne Deaf Club’s fund, mainly to cover the cost of the hall rental.”