Seaford and Newhaven charity champions visit number 10 for reception

Charity champions meet Samantha Cameron
Charity champions meet Samantha Cameron

Two Seaford charity workers were recognised for their hard work at a special reception held at Number 10 Downing Street.

Prime Minister David Cameron’s wife, Samantha, held the event for charity champions after Conservative MPs and parliamentary candidates were tasked with nominating two local heroes in their areas.

Maria Caulfield, Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Lewes, nominated Sue Philips from Waifs and Strays Dog Rescue charity in Seaford and Brian Goodenough from the NCI Lookout in Newhaven.

Waifs And Strays Dog Rescue started in 2010 and was originally known as Seaford Dog Rescue.

The charity’s core work is to take in unclaimed strays, rehabilitate and arrange any veterinary care.

They then work hard to find a suitable home, with the help of their volunteers, a network of foster homes, fundraisers, home checkers and transporters.

There are, on average, around 1,000 strays a year in the East Sussex area.

Eighty to 90 per cent of these are reunited with their owners thanks to Waifs and Strays.

The other ten to 20 per cent the charity take in to rehome.

The National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) is a voluntary organisation set up in 1994 to restore a visual watch along UK shores after many small Coastguard stations closed.

NCI is a registered charity managed by a board of trustees with a constitution agreed by the Charities Commission.

The Newhaven NCI lookout serves as an essential service for the port of Newhaven to keep it safe and viable.

The lookout is of value to leisure sailors, fishing boats, swimmers, parascenders and walkers.

Brian is one of 60 volunteers there.

Samantha Cameron said: “It was a privilege to meet Sue and Brian at 10 Downing Street.

“Their amazing work is changing the lives of individuals and families, particularly in Seaford and Newhaven, and it was an honour to celebrate their work at the reception for charity champions.”