Carnival helps local charities

Carnival Donations SUS-150211-135620001
Carnival Donations SUS-150211-135620001

Hastings Old Town Carnival Association handed out £11,200 to 36 local charities and good causes when it met last Sunday.

The distribution of funds collected during the recent Hastings Old Town Carnival Week took place at a very well attended evening at East Hastings Sea Angling Club which saw Charlie Sharrod acting as MC.

Ion Castro, from the Association, explained: “This was a one-off presentation where 31 good causes were awarded £200 each and five organisations, considered to be extra-deserving, received £1,000 each.

“This level of award was achieved because the committee felt that the reserve fund could be reduced and essential carnival costs for the next couple of years would still be safely met, but it does mean it is unlikely that this level of award will be repeated in future years.

A special trophy was awarded to the RNLI for the largest amount of money collected and a special award was made to East Hastings Sea Angling Association for all the help it has given to the Carnival Association in the past year.

“After the donations had been made, chairman Robert Morgan, vice chairman Pauline Lindsay and treasurer Ian Porter announced they would not be seeking re-election and would be resigning from the Committee.

“As a token of appreciation Carnival Life President, Bill Wicking presented them with engraved crystal mementoes.”

Ion added: “They’ll be a hard act to follow but we are now looking for a new chairman and treasurer, and a new era of carnival so please attend the AGM and put yourselves forward.

“You can be proposed from the floor and the AGM will be on Sunday November 15 at 10am at the East Hastings Sea Angling Association opposite the Lifeboat House on the Stade and we look forward to seeing you there”.

The five causes that received £1,000 were Gizmo Theatre Group; Dragonflies takes Flight; Snowflake Night Shelter ; Seaview Project and Surviving Christmas.

Among those to receive £200 were local Rainbows and Brownies; Hastings Hospital Radio; Hastings Samaritans; the Penny Beale Memorial Trust and the Salvation Army.

More information about The Hastings Old Town Carnival Association can be found in the official website,

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