Dads spoilt at Willingdon Father’s Day Banquet

Cllrs Oi Lin and Stephan Shing, Ms Louise Collins and Philip Collins
Cllrs Oi Lin and Stephan Shing, Ms Louise Collins and Philip Collins

Dads were spoilt at Stephen Shing’s Fathers Day Banquet, and helped raised much needed funds for the only Children’s Hospice in Sussex, Chestnut Tree House.

Some 60 people from in and around Eastbourne they supported this lovely community event held at the Trinity Church Hall, Willingdon.

They were treated to a tasty menu of Stephen’s finest Chinese dishes, toffee apples and gateaux, and freshly brewed coffee. On the night there was also a picture quiz, raffle and auction to keep everyone entertained.

The event raised an outstanding £1,098 for Chestnut Tree House, with a £750 from Barclaycard’s Match Funding Scheme making a grand total of £1,848.

Louise Collins, community fundraiser for Chestnut Tree House, said: “This is an absolutely amazing amount raised and we would like to say a huge thank you to Stephen Shing and his family, and everyone who supported this event. With the money we raised will be able to give a child a 3 night break at Chestnut Tree House allowing them to enjoy the hydrotherapy pool, relax in the multi-sensory room and join in with a host of activities, whilst mum and dad get the chance to recharge their batteries.”

County cllr Stephen Shing said: “We are very pleased that we could again assist Chestnut Tree House hospice following our previous success in December last year. Again it is wonderful to see that we have helped in raise even more money for the hospice this time, and we are especially grateful to Barclaycard for their generous donation of £750.

“It is also lovely to see a large number of guests who are continuing to support this important cause and we hope that there will be further opportunity for us to assist Chestnut Tree House hospice.”