Lark in Park fun day raises record amount

Best in Show dog at Bark in the Park SUS-140725-095421001
Best in Show dog at Bark in the Park SUS-140725-095421001

Lark in the Park enjoyed its most successful family fun day yet as the event raised almost £3,000 for the charity.

The annual fundraiser took place at the end of last month in Seaside and proved to be bigger and better than ever, with a record £2,800 being raised for Lark in the Park’s charitable trust.

The event featured stalls from local businesses, bric-a-brac and a raffle, as well as entertainment from local band Recycled Skiffle Group, Stix Drummers, Sea Gypsies belly dancers and Graham Batchelor leading the disco.

The weekend was officially opened by BBC presenter Sylvie Blackmore and Chris Difford from the band Squeeze also made a special guest appearance on the Sunday. Eastbourne Mayor Cllr Janet Coles also attended the event to support for the good cause.

On Saturday, the event also hosted the ever-popular Bark in the Park, where pet owners could enter their dogs into competitions for just £1 per pooch. There were 15 classes, including waggiest tail, handsomest dog, best rescue and best in show. ‘Bark in the Park’ was sponsored by Chase Vets, Paws and Claws Pet Services, Cobbydog and Fish4Dog.

Lark in the Park Charitable Trust began in 1999 and helps local youngsters between the ages of five and 25 who have special needs and disabilities. Lark in the Park owns a static caravan that they allow families to use for a short break, free of rental charges. Stephanie’s House is an eight-berth caravan situated at the Combe Haven Holiday Park, near Hastings - a site that boasts a swimming pool, arcades, an adventure playground and a sport and entertainment complex.

Currently, the charity are trying to raise enough money to build a ramp at Stephanie’s House, which would cost around £1,700.

For more information or to make a donation to Lark in the Park’s Charitable Trust, visit the website at or call 01323 438743.