Airbourne fans are being called upon to support local Sussex charities and secure future flying at the free show with a ‘Give a Quid’ campaign, aiming to reach a grand total of £50,000.
Organised by local hoteliers Marco and Cathy Giorgi and the Rotary Clubs of Eastbourne, collectors will be out in force from mid-afternoon all four days of the show, so residents and visitors can show their appreciation with donations that will support both future flying displays and Sussex based charities.
Supporting Chailey Heritage Foundation and Demelza House, 30 per cent of all proceeds will be split between both charities, with the remainder funding many of the highlights in the flying display programme.
Collection organiser Cathy Giorgi at the Afton Hotel said, “Airbourne has such an important impact for the town, keeping tills ringing and attracting new visitors – we want to make sure it continues for many years to come. The bucket collections really do make a huge difference – we wouldn’t be able to display many of the aircraft without the generous donations from our residents and visitors.”
More than £27,000 was raised last year with £4,183 each going to Macmillan and Samaritans charities.
This year’s show is already set to be huge thanks to a programme of more than 70 displays including the Red Arrows every day, the debut of the Canadian Lancaster, the Canberra cold war jet and a special fireworks display featuring a Red Arrows 50th anniversary red, white, blue and gold themed section.
A brand new stage will also provide free entertainment throughout the day and into the evening, featuring Eastbourne’s very own Britain’s Got Talent finalist - Steve Hewlett and many other big names including X Factor’s Luke Friend and a DJ set with Made in Chelsea’s Jamie Laing.
To join the volunteer collection team contact Marco and Cathy Giorgi on firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or telephone 01323 733162.
Airbourne takes place on Eastbourne seafront from 14 – 17 August and entry is free.