Concert raises £60,000 for local hospices


Alexander Armstrong, presenter of BBC’s hit daily show Pointless, compered a concert to raise funds for hospices in Sussex.

The black tie event was held for the first time at Folkington Manor near Alfriston by permission of Harry and Jacquie Brunjes. It began with guests picnicking in the beautiful grounds of the manor.

Former East Sussex High Sheriff and chair of Friends of Sussex Hospices Kathy Gore OBE from Framfield said: “The international baritone and opera star Jonathan Veira was sensational and hilariously funny. Harry the Piano accompanied Alexander’s singing and gave brilliant solo performances.”

After the interval, fuelled by award-winning Wiston Estate sparking wine and Folkington’s Juices, both generously donated, an auction brought the total raised to £60,000.

Concert chair Jane Altenhoven said: “It was a memorable evening; the entertainment was superb, the lover summer’s evening allowed our guests to fully appreciate the beautiful setting and we raised a substantial sum for our hospices. We’re really grateful for everyone’s generosity.”

Friends of Sussex Hospices supports all the county’s hospices. The charity has a reputation for successful fundraising events such as this concert, a quarterly ladies’ lunch, bridge drive at Glyndebourne, Christmas gift fair, annual black tie dinner, annual Mad March Pub Quiz and last Christmas’s concert by The Sixteen at Glyndebourne which raised £58,000.

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