A FANTASTIC evening of dance, music and entertainment at St Mary in the Castle last Saturday (June 28) raised more than £1,000 for the Phoenix Fund.
Set up by businesses in the Old Town, the Phoenix Fund has been raising money for the people affected by a fire in Marine Parade on Sunday, May 25, which devastated five buildings and left Pirkko Pellinen, 66, with serious injuries.
A great success, Saturday’s big fundraiser has taken the fund over the £5,000 mark. Rose Ratcliffe, who runs Butlers Emporium in George Street, said: “The night went well and we raised £1,068 for the fund which was really fantastic.
“I’d like to thank St Mary in the Castle, Hastings Borough Council and everybody else who made the night possible.”
The evening kicked off with a colourful parade at 5pm, from the Royal Standard, East Beach Street.
Groups, including Sambalanca, Section 5 drummers, and the Iceni Belly Dancers, paraded through George Street and on to St Mary in the Castle where the doors opened at 6pm for the big event.
The town enjoyed an impressive line-up of talented local bands, musicians and entertainers which included Hastings Guerrilla Circus, The Hastings Town Choir, Elijah Blue, Vanessa Jayne Trowell, The Piercings, Sanity FM, Helen Sharpe, The Stripper Project with guests, and King Size Slim.
Since May, several fundraising initiatives have been organised to raise money for the fund and tonight (July 4) there is a exciting charity auction at the Stade Hall, Rock-a-Nore Road at 6.30pm.
Several businesses and individuals have donated to the cause and some of the lots available to bid on include a beautiful metalwork feather from sculptor Leigh Dyer, a spectacular peice of artwork made by artist Jeffrey Louis-Reed and meal vouchers for two from the Two Bulls Steak House.
For more information visit www.hastingsoldtownphoenix.org.