The 10th West Sussex Community Chest Awards Evening was held at the Black Rabbit, Arundel in September 2017. The event was well attended by local civic leaders, award winners and their guests. The judges were Gary Shipton and Blaise Tapp, Sussex Newspapers, Adrian Barrott, Sussex Community Foundation, John Scudder, H&W Business Partner at The Plough, Ifield and Mark Woodhouse, Hall & Woodhouse.
An impressive 233 requests were received during the application period for grants totalling over £395,000. 24 organisations were successful, each receiving a share of £25,200 with awards ranging from £300 to £1,820.
Mark Woodhouse said “I never cease to be amazed by the number of amazing projects which are supported by volunteers and this year we were incredibly impressed by the quality of applications. The task of judging the community chest is never easy but this year it was especially tough. “This is the 10th year of the chest here in Sussex and we have seen, once again, how important these cheques are to our local groups and clubs.”
The highest of award of £1,820 went to South Downs Riding for the Disabled which will fund one year’s hire of an extra horse allowing the group to extend the service to more riders.
Radio DGH Eastbourne will use £1,700 awarded to them towards the installation of a new air conditioning unit which is needed before they can upgrade existing broadcasting equipment.
The Yews Talking News of Mid Sussex provides a weekly audible local news and information service to local residents and with the £300 they requested they will be able to purchase 10 new USB memory stick players to be provided to new listeners free of charge.
|Charity||Amount of Award|
|Adur Special Needs Project||£1500|
|Ashurst Village Hall||£1500|
|Chichester Area Mental Health Support Foundation||£720|
|Chichester Hospitals Broadcasting Association||£1500|
|Children With Cancer Fund (Polegate)||£500|
|Citizens Advice Eastbourne||£1500|
|Horsham Town Community Partnership||£1250|
|Ifield Barn Theatre Society||£1000|
|Mary How Trust||£700|
|Mid Sussex RDA||£750|
|Partridge Green Area Response Team||£500|
|Radio DGH Eastbourne||£1700|
|Safe in Sussex||£900|
|Sapphire Stroke Club||£500|
|South Downs RDA||£1820|
|St Joseph’s Specialist School & College||£1500|
|Sussex Prisoners’ Families||£1500|
|Sussex Otters Swimming Club||£600|
|Worthing Disabled Swimming Club||£700|
|Yews Talking News of Mid Sussex||£300|