More than £8,000 of funds raised by Cowbeech Bonfire Society were distributed to good causes at a special presentation dinner.
The dinner held at the Merrie Harriers Inn on Sunday (April 12) saw £8,250 donated to charities and organisations.
Donations included a defibrillator presented to St John Ambulance for training purposes as well as a sum of money.
St Wilfrid’s Hospice was presented with £1,000 to help with the running of the new facility in Broadwater Way and £600 was donated to Demelza, which provides ‘Hospice At Home’ care in East Sussex for children with life threatening conditions.
Viewcraft, a group set up to help blind and partially sighted people participate in art and craft activities, was awarded £600.
The Herons Ghyll Driving Group of the RDA was supported with £500 and awards totalling £1,200 were made to two people to help towards an improved quality of life.
For the first time a contribution was made to Herstmonceux Cricket Club to assist with the provision of new nets for use by their members and also to be available for use by school children.
Herstmonceux Scouts, Guides, Cubs, Brownies and Rainbows were also recipients of various levels of funding for the upkeep of their activities for young people.
To enhance the services for senior citizens, grants were made to Herstmonceux Lunch Club, and the Ray and Sheldon Club.
Les Webb, from Cowbeech Bonfire Society, said: “The amount available was greater than in 2014 as the result of having very good weather for all subsequent outdoor events and the continuing wholehearted support of the local community. Awards were made to a wide range of organisations and individuals, helping the young, the elderly, the infirm and the active.
“Representatives of the organisations receiving donations were able to give those present a summary of their activities and their plans for making use of the Cowbeech Bonfire Society’s financial awards.
“The Presentation Dinner marked the end of a year of fund-raising and the start of another year of activities all aimed at raising money for the local community.”
The next event is on May 3 when the Bonfire Society organises a Charity Walk. This event, the 10,000 metre Footpath Challenge, is an ‘open’ event and means participants can raise money in support of their favourite charity or good cause. For entry and sponsorship forms email firstname.lastname@example.org