Over £500 raised at Reformed East Sussex fundraising day

Thursday 4th April saw the culmination of weeks of planning to bring the community together in aid of one cause – the continued survival of Reformed East Sussex (RES).

With over £500 raised the planning did not go to waste. The funds will help this vital Community Interest Company continue supporting some of the most socially isolated people in Eastbourne and beyond.

Tea, cake, haircuts and raffles were key to the day’s success with CEO Charmaine Sewell thanking everyone for their generous contributions:

“I’ve been overwhelmed by the support we’ve received from the local community and businesses in the last few weeks.” She said following the loss of funding from East Sussex County Council a few weekends ago.

“I’d like to thank all of the businesses involved in making our fundraising day such a success. Marks and Spencer, Dominos, Toni & Guy, Cineworld, Accessorize, Curzon, Bills and Waterstones provided some fantastic raffle prizes and amazing food, and hairdressing maestro Rachel Victoria chopped the locks of some of our supporters – with every penny going towards RES.

“Seeing so many from the local community getting involved really made our day, from the local policing team and politicians to our valued clients, friends and supporters. Their donations, raffle ticket purchases, and of course cake eating abilities were truly appreciated.”

To kick start the event Craig, one of RES’s clients, was surprised with a meal for two voucher at Bill’s, to congratulate him on passing his CSCS course, something he’s been working on with the support of the RES team. He now plans to take on more training and is looking for factory work.

“I don’t know what I would have done without them.” Craig said while talking about the support RES provide, “I definitely wouldn’t have my CSCS card, I don’t know where I’d be.”

RES supports ex-offenders and recovering addicts get back on track with volunteering opportunities, training, support and employment.

During the event Eastbourne politician Caroline Ansell delivered £100 in donations collected from Eastbourne and District Community Awards for RES (more about that here). Talking about the support provided she said:

“It was fantastic to be with the lovely people of Reformed East Sussex for their fundraising day. The work they do is truly life-changing and hearing from one of guys about his latest success was a very moving experience.

“The atmosphere at RES is so very positive, so encouraging, you just can’t help but feel inspired and believe in the future. Their work must continue and fundraising days such as this one are important, not least to raise awareness of the sterling support they can and do provide.”

RES is still working hard to ensure they continue to support the most marginalised people in our communities. If you can help please support them by donating online, using one of their collection pots around Eastbourne Town Centre, or by visiting them in the office to talk about volunteering.

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