Chailey Heritage Foundation and Demelza House can look forward to an early Christmas present from airshow fans, as the two charities are set to receive more than £10,000 from donation money collected at this year’s Airbourne.
More than £35,000 was donated by visitors to this year’s airshow, with 30 per cent allocated to charity and the remainder funding future flying displays at the show.
With each charity receiving £5,280.57, the donation figure marks an increase of more than a quarter on donations last year, following a record-breaking Airbourne this summer.
The cheques will be presented by the leader of Eastbourne Borough Council, Cllr David Tutt today (Tuesday), at a thank you event held for the charities and the Airbourne volunteers, from bucket collectors to safety boat teams.
Cllr Tutt said, “It is a pleasure to be able to pass these donations on to two incredible Sussex charities. Our thanks go to the many volunteers who made this year’s airshow such an astounding success, and of course to the many people who donated – your support is much appreciated and will help bring even more magic to the skies over Eastbourne next year.”
Eastbourne Borough Council cabinet member for Tourism & Leisure, Cllr Carolyn Heaps said, “This year’s show proved to be our best yet, and it is thanks to public support through these donations, that we can fund such a fantastic flying display. It is great to see this support increasing year on year – thanks again to everyone who contributed to the future of Airbourne and these two worthy charities.”
Chailey Heritage Foundation is a charitable school in Sussex, helping children and young adults with severe physical disabilities.
Demelza House support more than 800 life-limited children and their families across East Sussex, Kent and South East London.