Seaford groups join forces to help charity

Bryan Turner (left) and Laurie Holland (right) and the two presidents, Don Mabey MBE and Pauil Vaesen.
Bryan Turner (left) and Laurie Holland (right) and the two presidents, Don Mabey MBE and Pauil Vaesen.

Seaford Rotary and Seahaven Branch of The Royal Society of St George joined forces to bring a new water heater to the St James Trust’s drop in centre at the Old Town Hall in Seaford.

The two groups, represented by their presidents Paul Vaesen and Don Mabey MBE, met the trust’s chairman Bryan Turner at the centre on Monday May 20.

The new heater was draped in the flag of St George and had been fitted over the weekend in time for the presentation, which was carried out by the two presidents, who removed the flag.

The Rotary president told the group how important Seaford charities were for Rotary in the town and that it was a privilege to help out.

Don Mabey, for The Royal Society of St George, said: “One of our committee members, cllr Margerita Scarfe, who is also a member of St James Trust, told us of the need for this heater.

“It was too expensive for us to buy on our own but Seaford Rotary thankfully helped out and for that a very special thanks is due.

“Without Rotary support in this case we could not have helped this vital local charity in this case.”

Trust chairman Bryan Turner thanked the two organisations for the gift and explained how the charity is functioning and how valuable this latest gift would be.

Witnessing the presentation were cllr Margerita Scarfe, Laurie Holland, Frank Holland and Maureen Peedle all from St George, and Janet White, treasurer of St James as well as a member of St George.

The Royal Society’s Branch chairman, Bob Peedle MBE added: “This was a first class example of cooperation between two local volunteer groups to help another group.

“Having been an honorary member of Seaford Rotary I knew that they help out in such a case as this.

“The St James Trust is a most worthwhile local charity that deserves all the support it can get.”

The St James’ Trust is a charity which provides services and activities for older people and people with disabilities in Seaford, such as lip reading classes.