Brett McLean: Hastings makes more friends with The Albany Charity Fund

My name is Brett McLean and I am a business leader, entrepreneur, and charity worker who was born and bred in the Borough of Hastings and St . Leonards on Sea and this is my opinion!

Last week I was delighted to take part in the Annual Run To The Sun Albany Taxi Run where a convoy of 75 London Taxis brought 300 disadvantaged and disabled children from London to Hastings to spend a day at the seaside.

Special guests and organisations that helped make this memorable day so special for the children included the Out Rider’s provided by the Metropolitan Police and Kent Police, Taxi Drivers, The Mayor of Hastings Councillor Bruce Dowling, The Chairman of the LVA Clive Minihane the staff at the award winning Azur at the Marina Pavilion, Balloons For Events who helped bring some colour to the event supported by Chris Brown also known as Uncle Bumble who celebrated 24 years in childrens entertainment on the day, the Hastings FC mascot Leonard the Seagull and the committee of volunteers who help to fundraise, plan and impliment this event.

Further information about this annual event please check out the official facebook page “Hastings Friends of The Albany Charity Fund.”

To continue with the theme of businesses supporting charities I am delighted to be hosting the monthly Chairman’s Business And Community Breakfast Club on Wednesday (1st July) from 7.15am in the main conference suite at Azur where we will have 2 joint guest speakers, Lee Harrington former actor and owner of a balloons and event management company called Balloons For Events and Wendy Gorham the East Sussex manager for Young Enterprise the charity that’s aim is to help educate school and academy students in how to start up and run a business including the creation of a business, marketing, creating and selling a product and finally registering the business with Companies House.

Young Enterprise gives students an opportunity to discover and execute innovative entrepreneuralism at its best thus helping to ensure that the next generation of self employed and employed are ready for the challenges of work.

The cost of the breakfast is £8.00 and provides an excellent opportunity for businesses to help support the community sector including registered charities, voluntary and not for profit organisations.

Finally, entry and sponsor forms are available from the reception at Azur for this year’s 12th Annual Pier Walk Challenge which will be held on Sunday 5th July this year.

To book your place for breakfast or to request a Pier Walk Challenge entry form please email me at