Concert raises the roof and cash for Sierra Leone

Sussex Brass playing at the concert
Sussex Brass playing at the concert

Sussex Brass, African drummers and the RoCoCo choir joined forces on Friday evening to lift the roof off St Mary in the Castle and raise much-needed funds for Sierra Leone.

More than £2,500 was collected to help support the Community Health Centre in Hastings’ namesake in the African country.

Almost 200 people attended, enjoyed an African supper and were treated to a wide variety of music focused on an African theme.

Richard Homewood, chairman of the Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link, said: “This is an amazing result and we have to thank those who attended for their generosity in supporting this event to raise funds for the community in our twin town of Hastings in Sierra Leone.

“There was singing, clapping and dancing in the aisles and I think everybody had a wonderful time.

“The money will help us provide much-needed equipment and resources to keep the Community Health Centre going when the focus of the government and other agencies is clearly on trying to tackle the Ebola crisis on a larger scale.

“Our thanks must go to Buckswood School which hosted the event, to our former chairman, Roger Mitchell who organised the event (as well as playing in Sussex Brass), and of course the musicians who all gave amazing performances.”

The link has a continuing programme of fundraising events, and a quiz night and a recent jumble sale raised more than £1,000 each. A group of link supporters are also due to make a parachute jump in aid of Hastings in Sierra Leone.

Richard added: “We are continuously looking for new ways to raise funds to help our friends in Sierra Leone at a time when they desperately need it. I am sure nobody can fail to be moved by the tragic events unfolding in West Africa. Having visited Sierra Leone several times in recent years, I know what a difference every penny we raise can make to their lives in difficult times”

To donate online log onto or alternatively send donations by post. Cheques should be made out to HSLFL and sent to HSLFL Treasurer, 33 Senlac Way, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN37 7JG.