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Local charities to benefit from Chichester police Open Day fund raising

13 Oct, 2017 11:46 News
Local charities to benefit from Chichester police Open Day fund raising

Two charities who support the community across the Arun and Chichester districts will benefit from money raised at the Chichester police Open Day in July.

The chosen charities are Chestnut Tree House and Dementia Support.

Chief Inspector Justin Burtenshaw said; "’We are really pleased to announce that a total of £2857.75 was raised on the day. This was made up from the grand raffle that took place which was made up from prizes kindly donated by local businesses and organisations, donations from stall holders on the day and collection buckets.

"I would like to thank everyone who attended the day, it was great to see so many people there from across the community. We have really enjoyed hosting the Open Days over the last few years, and having the chance to raise money for some fantastic charities’’

Nicki Clarke, Fundraising Co-ordinator at Dementia Support said ‘We would like to thank Chichester Police for choosing us as one of their charities to support this year. A team attended the Open Day in July and it was a fantastic event, well attended by the local community.

"The event helped raise funds and it also raised awareness about dementia. Local officers have already done some great work making Chichester dementia friendly and are all trained as Dementia Friends, so they can recognise someone who has dementia and are able to assist them’’

The money raised will go towards the New Hub Appeal Project; Dementia Support are currently renovating their building in Tangmere so they can open a Hub which will provide support, day care, wellbeing activities and therapies, and information and guidance all under one roof. The Hub will be officially open in spring 2018.

Tracy Bowdery, Community Fundraiser at Chestnut Tree House said: “We are incredibly grateful to Chichester police for their support, and to all who came to the Open Day. We receive 7% of our running costs from central government funding, so we rely greatly on individuals, businesses and organisations to provide all the specialist care services to local life-limited children and their families. The money raised will go towards supporting these children and providing this care both at the hospice and out in the community. Thank you from everyone at Chestnut Tree House - this money really will make a difference."

Extra funds were raised for Chestnut Tree House on their stall and from a collection pot at the Rolls Royce stand.

Photos of the two cheque presentations are attached.

In the Chestnut Tree House photo (£1,555.51 display), left to right are; Laura Marmolejo, Police Public Engagement Officer, Tracy Bowdery and Justin Burtenshaw.

In the Dementia Support photo, left to right are; Justin Burtenshaw, Nikki Clarke, and Inspector Kris Ottery.

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