A NOVEL fundraising idea, which delivers a double benefit, is being launched in the new year.
Friends of East Sussex Hospices plan to launch a campaign called NoshChezNous with a celebrity and press lunch on January 5.
The scheme encourages people to invite guests to a meal on the understanding they would either be charged or donate to the charity.
The meal can range from baked beans on toast to a six-course gourmet spread – and for the less adventurous there’s always a takeaway.
It can be held anywhere; a private house, hotel or village hall.
There are no date or time limitations.
The idea is the brainchild of Kathy Gore from Framfield, chairwoman of Friends of East Sussex Hospices.
She told the Express: “We did something like this last year but we chose a specific date, and of course that can clash with other events, or we could be met with a spate of bad weather, as in the last few days. So we decided to make this open-ended and we hope people will take part. As we said, it doesn’t have to be a major blow-out, nor do people have to spend a lot of money.
“It seemed to us to be a good way to get friends or neighbours together to have a good time and also raise money for such a vital cause.”
The scheme will be launched at the Chequers, Maresfield at a lunch hosted by celebrity chef Marco Pierre White on Wednesday, January 5. To host a lunch before that or find out more, contact Patti Whitaker on: 01825 890075.
Special information packs are available. Friends of East Sussex Hospices support the work of the nine hospices in East Sussex. A total of £35.7 million is needed to help pay for their vital services during the next financial year as little Government help is available.