Donkeys star at Uckfield charity day

Kayleigh Fear, Cllr Ian Smith, Bronwen Berry with Sussex Horse Rescue donkeys Millie and Freddie
Kayleigh Fear, Cllr Ian Smith, Bronwen Berry with Sussex Horse Rescue donkeys Millie and Freddie

An Uckfield-based funeral director organised a charity fundraising day in support of local animal welfare group the Sussex Horse Rescue Trust.

The team at Fuller and Scott, one of the C P J Field and Co group of 30 funeral directors around the UK, rallied together to raise money for the Sussex Horse Rescue Trust.

They teamed up to stage a fundraiser to raise awareness of the local charity.

The fete-style event, which took place on Saturday, August 3, has been hailed a ‘fantastic success’ after raising £574.82 for the Trust which is based at Hempstead Farm.

CPJ Field & Co also contributed an additional £150 and Barclays Bank kindly agreed to match the final total.

This brings the grand total raised by the event to £1,449.64.

The family fun day attracted a large crowd and was attended by Uckfield mayor Cllr Ian Smith.

The Fuller and Scott team worked hard to put together an array of stalls including a local artist who showcased recent paintings, plenty of homemade cake stalls, raffles and tombolas and even a hand car wash.

Michael Grant and his team at Sussex Horse Rescue Trust brought two rescue donkeys, Millie and Freddie, who were star attractions throughout the day.

Bronwen Berry, cashier at Barclays in Uckfield, also attended and was on hand to help with washing cars and assisting on the stalls.

Kayleigh Fear, funeral director at Fuller & Scott added: “We’re so pleased that the day was a huge success and we were able to raise such a large amount of money for such a great cause.

“We would like to thank all the local people of Sussex who came and supported us on the day and for their enormous generosity.”

Mr Grant, coordinator of the Sussex Horse Rescue Trust said: “We are overwhelmed with the amount of money raised for the Trust.

“The money will help us to improve the lives of so many of our rescued animals.

“We would like to thank Fuller and Scott for organising this event and the everyone who worked so hard and helped to contribute.”