Gizmo thanks generous Hastings and St Leonards residents

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The founder of a charity helping children and young people has been ‘overwhelmed’ by the response to a funding appeal.

As reported in the Observer, Gizmo was facing closure if it could not raise £3,000 by June.

However, since last week’s appeal was published the charity, which provides training in dance, animation, acting and singing to youngsters in Hastings and St Leonards, has received a flood of support.

It now looks like it has enough money to pay the rent on its two bases

“I would really like to say a great big ‘thank you’ to everyone who has donated so far,” said founder Pat Fisher.

“I feel humbled by their generosity.”

In particular, Pat thanked Margaret Williams, who donated £1,000, and former student Aiden who set up the page on crowd funding website GoFundMe.

“I want to say thank you to Aiden who came up with the idea for the crowd funding site – he is a little star,” she said.

Aiden first visited Gizmo when he was about 10 , taking part in film-making workshops.

He is now at university studying film.

“I am really proud of him and really thankful,” said Pat.

Pat has also received help from other charities and organisations and is now looking at ways to secure the project’s long-term financial future.

“I was in tears the other day because I was just overwhelmed by all the support,” she said.

“I would like to say thank you to the Observer for its help.”

Gizmo is set to receive another boost thanks to June Knight.

She is organising the Brilliance Business, Trade and Community Fair at White Rock Theatre from 10am to 4pm on Sunday (May 17) and is kick-starting the event with crowd funding for Pat and Gizmo. The event will include a mixture of large and small businesses, small traders and community stands.

If you would like to help Gizmo there are a number of ways to get involved:

You can donate online by visiting

Alternatively, call Pat on 01424 552505 or email

Gizmo’s urgent appeal for £3,000

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