Brett McLean: Raising a glass to overseas business and a home-grown children’s charity

Opinion with Brett McLean SUS-151007-132038001
Opinion with Brett McLean SUS-151007-132038001

Baroness Janet Fookes with guests at an FSN tea

This week I was delighted to attend two very different events, the first function was held at the multiaward winning Carr Taylor Vineyards where David Carr Taylor and myself hosted a number of delegates from India who visited the Borough to look around at potential commercial property opportunities for them to expand their existing businesses thus hopefully creating much needed local employment and apprenticeship places in the future thus helping to improve our local economy and community whilst enhancing the already positive existing trade relations between Hastings and India for example through the global trading arm of Carr Taylor Vineyards based in India trading as Taylor and Shroff Ltd.

Baroness Janet Fookes with guests at an FSN tea SUS-150727-105756001

Baroness Janet Fookes with guests at an FSN tea SUS-150727-105756001

I was delighted to be invited to the home of Baroness Janet Fookes of Plymouth DBE, DL over the weekend where she very kindly hosted an afternoon cream tea to raise funds for the Fellowship of St Nicholas children’s charity. The afternoon boasted a selection of guests including The Mayor of Hastings Councillor Bruce Dowling, former Mayor’s and Deputy Mayors Pam Brown OBE, Councillor Maureen Charlesworth and Eve Martin, former Member of Parliament Michael Foster and representatives from business and charitable organisations from across the Borough. The event raised over £1,000 for the Fellowship of St. Nicholas which is also known as FSN - a local charity helping local children who for various reasons were not able to be looked after by their parents.

Sixteen years ago the charity celebrated its Diamond Anniversary and since purchasing the FSN Centre at 66, London Road St Leonards on Sea it has become a leading provider in the Hastings and Rother area for family support and a range of highly innovative projects that have been developed over the years to support children and young people with their families and in their communities.

FSN is renowned for opening the first After School Club, introducing the Fun Bus and pioneering the first bereavement service for children and young people in East Sussex.

Further information about the services offered by the FSN can be found at www.fsncharity.co.uk.

Finally details will be in my next column about the 12th Annual Pier Walk Challenge Presentation of Certificates and the Golden Anniversary Ball celebrating SASBAH the spina bifida and hydrocephalus charity if you have any comments please email me at lordbrettofhastings@aol.co.uk