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Community Chest and Charity


The 12th Eastern Area Community Chest Awards Evening was held at The Black Rabbit at Arundel in October 2019.  Representatives of local authorities, award winners and guests were welcomed to the event by Family Directors Mark Woodhouse and Lucinda Gray.  The judges who scrutinised and deliberated on the applications included Gary Shipton and Bex Bastable, Sussex Newspapers; Adrian Barrott, Sussex Community Foundation and John Scudder, H&W Business Partner at The Plough, Ifield.

145 applications were received for grants totalling over £270,000 and these were eventually whittled down to 23 very worthy organisations who each received a share of £24,863.  The amounts ranged from £300 which was awarded to the Littlehampton Child Contact Centre to fund the purchase of toys and activities for older children in their care.  Higher awards of £2,000 were awarded to Arun Youth Aqua Centre towards the purchase of a new sailing dinghy, to Community Stuff in Eastbourne to provide cookery courses for young care leavers to enable them to become more independent and to Jamie’s Farm to help build an outdoor kitchen on their farm in Lewes.  Other recipients also included Lowland Rescue Search Dogs Sussex who attended with one of their wonderful dogs to collect a cheque for £800 which will be used to purchase new digital radios for their team members.

2018 Community Chest Award Winners
CharityAmount of Award
1st Roffy Scout Group£1500
7th Burgess Hill Scout Group£867
The Apuldram Centre£1500
Arun Youth Aqua Centre£2000
Cadence Performing Arts£1000
Chichester Child Contact Centre£600
Chichester Information Shop£1208
Community Stuff CIC£2000
Cuckfield Stroke Communication Group£543
Cycling Without Age Hurst & Hassocks£1000
The Danny Gallivan Trust£1500
Hope Into Action Mid Sussex£900
Jamie’s Farm£2000
Littlehampton Foodbank£1000
Littlehampton Child Contact Centre£300
Lowland Rescue Search Dogs Sussex£800
Music for the Memory£500
Oasis Project£600
Pippa’s Group£590
St Joseph’s Specialist Trust£1655
Worthing United Youth FC£1000