Comedienne, actress and writer Jo Brand was back in her home town recently to support local charity the Sara Lee Trust, of which she is patron.
Hastings-born Ms Brand met up with Sara Lee trustees and staff during a visit to the town to perform at the White Rock theatre last Sunday (November 23). Encouraging others to support the charity Jo said: “As a former Hastings resident I am proud to be a patron of the Sara Lee Trust, a fantastic local charity helping vulnerable people in need.
“I hope that you will support people with life-threatening illnesses in the community by donating to the Sara Lee Trust.”
Maria Gonet, the charity’s fundraising manager said it was a fantastic opportunity to meet up with their patron, adding: “We are so grateful to Jo for making the time to fit us into her very busy schedule.
“As a small local charity, having Jo’s support and endorsement of our work, will help us enormously in raising our profile and making sure that more and more people are aware of the amazing support the trust is able to offer people locally’.
Maria added: “Having been born and bred in Hastings, Jo knows that as well as being a vibrant, creative and resourceful community with a wicked sense of humour, ours is also a community facing serious challenges, with severe health inequalities and early deaths from cancer significantly higher than the national average. That is why the Sara Lee Trust is so important to the community, providing services that are free of charge to patients with life-threatening illnesses, and their families and carers, in Hastings and Rother.”