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Hall & Woodhouse Community Chest donates more than £24,000 to Sussex and surrounding communities

October 2019

Hall & Woodhouse awarded more than £24,000 to 23 local causes across the south-east through its Community Chest Awards.  The 12th annual awards ceremony was held at Hall & Woodhouse’s Black Rabbit pub in Arundel and is backed by Sussex Newspapers and the Sussex Community Foundation.

Mark Woodhouse, Family Director of Hall & Woodhouse, said: “We are tremendously proud of our Community Chest Awards and the thousands of people it has helped since it began 12 years ago in Sussex. We wanted to create a grant-giving initiative that would support local worthy causes across the south and help make their visions become a reality.

“When we review the applications made to the Community Chest, it is always a very difficult process as there are so many worthy causes in need of aid. Ultimately we select the charities that require our support to provide long-term benefits to the wider community.”

Arun Youth Aqua Centre, which teaches children aged between eight and 18 to sail, was awarded a grant of £2,000 to put towards the purchase of a new fleet of dinghies.

£1,500 was awarded to The Danny Gallivan Trust, which operates a converted double decker bus used to provide food and shelter for homeless veterans of all generations in Crawley. The grant will be used to fit air conditioning in the bus to add warmth in the winter and cool air in the summer.

Jamie’s Farm, a project that helps young people from Sussex, Kent and South London who are at risk of social and academic exclusion, also received £2,000 from the Community Chest. The grant has been given to build an outdoor sheltered kitchen area and stone pizza oven at the farm in Lewes.

Applications will be open for the 2020 Community Chest awards in February where voluntary groups can request funding ranging from £300 to £3,000 to help them achieve their aims. Grants could be awarded for new equipment, training, transport or running costs, and can be made towards youth services, the elderly, or any other projects that enhance the local community.

Please visit www.hall-woodhouse.co.uk/communitychest for more information.

The full list of the Hall & Woodhouse 2019 Eastern Area Community Chest winners are:

  1. 1st Roffey Scout Group—£1,500
  2. 7th Burgess Hill Scout Group—£867
  3. The Apuldram Centre—£1,500
  4. Arun Youth Aqua Centre—£2,000
  5. Cadence Performing Arts—£1,000
  6. Chichester Child Contact Centre—£600
  7. Chichester Information Shop—£1,208
  8. Community Stuff CIC—£2,000
  9. Cuckfield Stroke Communication Group—£543
  10. Cycling Without Age Hurst & Hassocks—£1,000
  11. The Danny Gallivan Trust—£1,500
  12. Fabrica—£800
  13. Hope into Action Mid Sussex—£900
  14. Jamie’s Farm—£2,000
  15. JustDifferent—£1,000
  16. Littlehampton Foodbank—£1,000
  17. Littlehampton Child Contact Centre—£300
  18. Search Dogs Sussex—£800
  19. Music for the Memory—£500
  20. Oasis Project—£600
  21. Pippa’s Group—£590
  22. St Joseph’s Specialist Trust—£1,655
  23. Worthing United Youth FC—£1,000

Following the Government’s instruction on the 20th March 2020, we have temporarily closed our doors to protect our guests and our team from the risk of spreading COVID-19.

We are now focussing on the immediate future and how we can continue to make people’s day during the temporary closure of our pubs. We will also ensure that we are well prepared to re-open when it is right to do so.

We continue to brew our award-winning Badger beer at our Blandford Brewery, which you can buy online HERE