A tremendous boost to our funding from Sainsbury’s

June 3, 2016 at 6:45 pm

Our year as Sainsbury’s East Grinstead Local Charity of the Year finished on 31st May.  During the year we held three bag packing events with an awareness stand, and the staff at Sainsbury’s held a number of fundraising events themselves.  Our collection buckets have been on the checkouts for most of the year.

The result has exceeded all our expectations with £6,547 raised.  Sainsbury’s are delighted, but not as delighted as we are!

To cap it all, Sainsbury’s have added another £1,573 from their carrier bag scheme, making a grand total of £8,210 raised.

We are very grateful to Sainsbury’s East Grinstead for giving us the opportunity to fund raise in their store, and to all their staff and colleagues for their fund-raising efforts.  We must also thank all those who threw their pennies in the buckets, not just on our bag packing days but throughout the year.

Thank you one and all.


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Latin Dancing fundraiser topped up by Barclays Bank!

March 28, 2016 at 1:43 pm

On Saturday 12th April we held a Latin Dancing Night at the Copthorne Gatwick Hotel.  £1005 was raised on the night, which was topped up by match funding from Barclays Bank, who gave us an additional £1000.  Fifty-four people enjoyed a three course meal before putting on their dancing shoes and taking part in the free beginners Salsa lesson provided by Horsham Salsa.



Our thanks are due to Barclays Bank, Copthorne Gatwick Hotel, Al Murrell the DJ, John Riley of Horsham Salsa for the Latin music, Duncan Fraser of Horsham Salsa for the beginners’ lesson, Karina Lee and JubyLee Bakes (winners of the Gatwick Diamond 2016 Young Start-up Talent) for the table favours, Slinkies Events for room décor, and Claire Morgan for her great help in many ways.

The following kindly donated raffle prizes: Afternoon Tea for 2 – Copthorne Gatwick Hotel; Private Golf Lesson – My Golf Academy; 18 Holes of Golf – Horne Park Golf Club; Simulator time at Horne Golf Club – My Golf Academy; Gents Haircut – Middle Row Barbers, East Grinstead; Sunday Lunch plus pudding for 2 – Crawley Down Social Club; School Hall Hire – Maidenbower Junior School; Ladies Cut and Blow Dry – Coco Salon, Maidenbower; Hair Extension money off voucher – Xtensions-Kristina Bower; 39” Gordon Ramsey Canvas – Sara Beswick; Necklace – Lulu Lockets; Bottle of Crofts Finest Reserve Port – Linda Killick; Teddy Bear made and donated by Carole Williams; Baylis and Harding Gift set – Diana Parisi; 2 lots of 2 vouchers to Horsham Salsa lessons – Horsham Salsa; £20 voucher for handmade soaps – Heyland and Whittle, Crawley; Cupcakes – Karina Lee and JubyLee Bakes.



Bucket Collection at Sainsbury’s this weekend

August 1, 2015 at 7:47 am

We will be at Sainsbury’s this weekend from 10 till 1 with an awareness stand so do come along and find out all about us.  We will be helping customers pack their groceries and hoping we are good enough at it to earn a donation!

Adam and Emily Qualify for the National Championships

May 13, 2015 at 8:54 pm

Two of our young riders, Adam Lester and Emily Haysom, competed at the Regional Championships on Tuesday 12th May at the Felbridge Showground.  Both were successful and qualified for the National Championships at Hartpury in July.  You can see from the photos how delighted they both were – we wish them every success in July.



Santander comes up trumps again!

March 9, 2015 at 4:28 pm

The Santander Foundation have once again dug deep in their pockets to enable us to buy a new pony.  After the loss of one of our ponies, Merlin, last year, we had carried on by using Little Brook’s own ponies, particularly a lovely old boy aged about 26 years called Chippie.  Sadly, Chippie was unwell through much of the winter, and in the middle of February, Sally O’Neill, who owns Little Brook, made the sad decision to have him put to sleep.  He was a marvellous RDA pony, very much loved by our riders, helpers, and Little Brook’s own clients.  This left us very short of suitable ponies to continue our rides, and when Sally heard of an available pony, with RDA history, we jumped at the chance to buy her.  We immediately applied to the Santander Foundation for the £1,000 we needed and they kindly confirmed within two weeks that they would grant us the necessary funds so our lessons could continue.

So please welcome Sparky to the East Park RDA fold.  Sparky is a 14.1 hands strawberry roan mare, about 15 to 16 years old.  She has come from a small private yard and has RDA experience.  Although the larger yard at Little Brook must be very different for her she has taken it all in her stride.  Sally’s daughter Annie has ridden her, and says she is kind, placid and polite!  She is also a real beauty – a very pale roan with ginger insides to her ears.

Once again we are indebted to the Santander Foundation, who a couple of years ago granted us £4,000 to buy Archie, a larger pony for our heavier riders.  Thank you, Santander!

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