Brett McLean: Walking from pier to pier to raise funds for local good causes

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

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 and this is my Opinion!

Last weekend was a busy but enjoyable period having officially opened the St. Marys Special School and Sixth Form College Summer Fete in Westwood Road Bexhill on Saturday.

the 12th Annual Pier Walk Challenge SUS-150607-112750001

the 12th Annual Pier Walk Challenge SUS-150607-112750001

Hundreds of visitors attended the fete and enjoyed the variety of retail stands including the St. Marys School’s Young Enterprise Stand that was selling a selection of items from stationary kits to potted plant’s, traditional fairground games such as the coconut shy and hoopla to live entertainment provided by the Sacks Line Dance group that encoraged audience participation.

Students, staff and volunteers need to be congratulated on hosting such an enjoyable and successful event that raised an amazing amount of money.

Sunday I was delighted to host the 12th Annual Pier Walk Challenge which is a sponsored walk from Hastings Pier to Eastbourne Pier in aid of the Hastings Pensioner’s Association, S.A.R.A.H. (Stroke Association Relatives And Helpers), Brownbread Horse Rescue and Disabled Riders Charity and SASBAH ( Sussex Association of Spina Bifida And Hydrocephalus) who are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year.

Twenty One intrepid walkers including the former BBC Television News presenter Beverly Thompson, former Observer Newspaper Group Editor Peter Lindsey and Lord Dean David Burr from Wimbledon walked the gruelling 16.8 mile or 24.036km route.

Special thanks to our sponsors Lord Burr, Swift Cars, Danson Tree Care, M & W Residential Sales and Lettings of London Road, St. Leonards, Stagecoach Buses in Hastings, Luna Prints, Check a, Azur at the Marina Pavilion, Ladybird Photography at Azur, Millbrook Print And Design and Balloons For Events from Hastings.

The Mayor of Hastings Councillor Bruce Dowling very kindly launched the walk at 10.30am whilst former Mayor of Hastings Councillor Alan Roberts took a selection of photographs.

The first walkers reached Eastbourne Pier four hours later with the final walkers reaching the destination at 4.30pm.

Finally on Monday I was delighted to be given the opportunity to address the St. Leonards Towns Women’s Guild that meet on a Monday afternoon at St. Matthews Church Hall in Silver hill.

The Town’s Women’s Guild were interested to hear about my duties and responsibilities within the community and were delighted to hear about my personal milestone celebrating 25 years as a volunteer within the Hastings and Rother area starting as a volunteer at the North Bexhill Day Centre for the elderly to my current roles of President, Patron, Director, Trustee and Ambassador of 12 charities and voluntary organisations at local and regional level.

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