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Pre-Christmas windfall for Sussex charities

PUBLISHED: 12:59 17 December 2014

Pantomime dame Martyn Knight and the cast of Beauty and the Beast presents a cheque from Sussex Community Foundation to Anne Bickmore of the abc Fund

Pantomime dame Martyn Knight and the cast of Beauty and the Beast presents a cheque from Sussex Community Foundation to Anne Bickmore of the abc Fund


Sussex Community Foundation has handed out early Christmas presents to dozens of small charities and community groups across East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton & Hove.

In its latest round of grant-giving, the Foundation gave out almost £145,000, courtesy of its donors, a mix of individual philanthropists and businesses.

“Pictured here, the abc Fund received a grant for £6,800 which will buy pantomime tickets for local underprivileged children and their families. Pantomime dame, Martyn Knight, and the cast of Beauty and the Beast, presented the cheque to Anne Bickmore of the abc Fund at the Devonshire Park Theatre in Eastbourne this week.”

Groups include smaller charities and community groups doing a whole range of work to support their communities across the county. Among those were:

• In West Sussex, Arun & Chichester Citizens Advice Bureau received £5,000 to help pay for a much-needed two-day-a-week debt specialist.

• In Brighton & Hove, Brighton Pebbles, a parent-led support group for children with disabilities and their families, received £2,442 towards office rental, staff salaries and carers’ sessions.

• In East Sussex, the Ore Centre Seniors Project received £2,500 to start up a one-day-a-week day centre service for older people living in the rural villages of Ore, Guestling, Icklesham, Three Oaks, Pett and North Hastings.

“It’s been another great grants round for us,” says Programmes Manager, Mary Carruthers. “We had a lot of good quality applications but, unfortunately, we always receive many more than we are able to fund.”

The next deadline for general applications is Friday 9th January. For more information, visit or call 01273 409440.


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