Twenty-four local charities have already benefited from this year’s annual Win A Car draw at the Eastbourne Arndale Centre.
A further 24 charities will be in the Centre between now and Christmas Eve for the event that raised nearly £23,000 last year and close to a staggering £220,000 since it was launched in 2000. Tickets are being sold for just £1 each with the lucky winner taking home a brand new Suzuki Splash, worth £9,300 when the draw is made on Christmas Eve.
In the Centre tomorrow will be the fundraising team from Special Olympics Eastbourne. In August 2013, 17 athletes (with their six carers) will travel from Eastbourne to Bath for the Special Olympics GB National Summer Games – the country’s largest sports event for athletes with learning disabilities.
The National Summer Games are organised by Special Olympics GB, a charity that provides year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with learning disabilities. Special Olympics Eastbourne needs to raise £10,000 for the games so the team continually fund raises for the event that will see local athletes ranging from the ages of 16 to 47 take part.
Maureen Bennett, of Special Olympics Eastbourne, said, “We took part in Win A Car for the first time last year and we had a lot of interest in what we did. This year I am taking a scrapbook of photos to show so it’s great that people want to hear what we do and, of course, raising the money is wonderful too!”
Charities that will be in the Centre for the coming week are as follows: Rotary Club of Eastbourne (today, November 30); Special Olympics (December 1); Girl Guides (December 2); WEL Mind (December 3); East Sussex Foster Care Association (December 4); Eastbourne Blind Society (December 5) and Parkinsons UK (December 6).