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Families from the local area have raised thousands of pounds for local hospice care this summer by holding a Big Get Together.
Run by St Barnabas House, the hospice for Worthing, Adur, Arun and Henfield, The Big Get Together encourages local people to gather with friends, family or colleagues to have fun and raise money for charity at the same time.
The Brattle family from Goring-by-Sea held their third Big Get Together on Saturday 11 August, raising £7,035.85 for St Barnabas House.
Co-organised by Steve and Debbie Brattle, this year’s party had an American theme with some brilliant costumes. There was also a barbecue, live entertainment, a cocktail bar, beer pong and a raffle.
Steve Brattle said: “This is the third year that we have held a themed party in aid of St Barnabas and in memory of Debbie’s dad, Spencer Rayment, and sister, Dawn Madell. Both Spencer and Dawn received fantastic care from St Barnabas who helped them and our family through difficult times.
“It is our intention to hold these events every year and the challenge is to outdo the previous year. The first year we raised £2,600 with an Italian night and last year’s Mexican party raised £3,600. This year’s American night surpassed all our goals with an incredible total of £7,035.85 raised.
“The night was a party from start to finish with almost 200 guests. We bopped the night away, helped by well-known Elvis tribute act ‘Suspiciously Elvis’.
“We have already started planning next year’s ‘Disco Inferno’ night where the goal will be to raise £10,000 for our hospice.”
Emma Sage from Littlehampton held a fête in her garden on Saturday 4 August and invited family and friends, raising £1,424 for the hospice.
She and her sister-in-law, Charlotte Sage, arranged a tombola in memory of Emma’s grandad Tom Brooks who loved the tombola and going to fêtes, and family friend Pat Cocksedge.
They also held a raffle and organised other fundraising activities on the day, raising a total of £712 which was then doubled by Halifax where Emma’s cousin works.
Emma said: “My gramps was a very proud man and always paid his way so I’m really happy that we can give a little back to the hospice.
“No money or words can ever really thank the staff at St Barnabas enough for the love, care and dignity they gave our gramps and also the support they gave us as a family, but I hope this might help someone else’s nan or grandad. We will continue to support St Barnabas as often as we can.”
Jenny Murrell, Community Fundraising Officer at St Barnabas House, said: “I would like to say a big thank you to both the Brattle family and the Sage family for holding two fantastic events to raise vital funds for the hospice.
“The money raised between the two families equates to just shy of the total cost of providing all the care in our 20-bed In-patient Unit for an entire day, which is an incredible amount!”
To find out more about holding your own Big Get Together visit www.stbh.org.uk/tbgt or contact the St Barnabas House Fundraising Team 01903 254777.