Bumper cash boost for hospice

A STRING of fundraising events have netted more than £2,000 for one local charity.

St Michael’s Hospice, which is based in Upper Maze Hill, St Leonards, relies heavily on donations and well-wishers to continue its work supporting people with cancer.

And earlier this week staff at the charity were given £1,800 raised by a fancy dress party at Venuu in George Street.

The bash took place on the same day as the royal wedding and was the brainchild of Jez Brinkley, who dreamed up the idea during a long drive home from work. He said: “I was thinking about the extra day’s holiday and wanted to do something special with my time off. I roped in a couple of mates, Wayne Grant and Paul Kilikita, and we organised a grand fancy dress party between us.

“We only invited people that we knew and we asked local mayor, Kim Forward, to come along to judge the best fancy dress.

“I made up some really naff trophies but nobody seemed to mind. We’re all thrilled to be able to hand over so much money to a brilliant cause.”

Elsewhere a wine tasting event organised by Ted Baxon and held at the hospice raised £630 after tickets sold out.