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Fundraising group aims to have 100,000 reasons to be proud

jpco-12-2-14 Gary Morris and friends have raised �100k since 2008 (Pillars to Plough etc) and are giving �3k to the Sue at the Springboard Project
(Pic by Jon Rigby)

jpco-12-2-14 Gary Morris and friends have raised �100k since 2008 (Pillars to Plough etc) and are giving �3k to the Sue at the Springboard Project (Pic by Jon Rigby)

A community fundraiser will have 100,000 reasons to be proud when his group reaches an impressive charity milestone.

Gary Morris, founder of Ifield Chestnut House, said the idea his group could soon have raised £100,000 since it was launched in 2008 was “fantastic”.

He said: “I can’t believe it. When I started it in 2008, it was meant to be a one-off. But people said we couldn’t let it go, there were too many good vibes.”

The first charity to benefit from Gary’s generosity was Chestnut Tree House, a children’s hospice based in Arundel.

Gary, of Ifield, takes pride in the fact that the efforts of he and his team have helped raise the profile of the hospice.

Over the years, the amount raised by Ifield Chestnut House has soared to £80,000.

The £100,000 milestone should be reached thanks to this year’s Pillars to Plough sponsored walk, with last year’s event raising £20,000.

Pillars to Plough will see participants walk from the pillars on the A23 just north of Brighton to The Plough Inn, in Ifield.

It has been held every year since the group started and this year will be on Easter Sunday (April 20).

Gary, 54, said: “Last year there was about 110 to 120 people involved. This year hopefully we will get 200.”

As well as the walk, Gary’s group will be giving £3,000 of the funds to the Springboard Project, a drop in play centre for children with disabilities, which is opening a branch in Langley Green this year.

The money will be used to install sliding doors to help make the new premises wheelchair accessible.

Gary said: “I got involved with the Springboard Project because one of the guys in the pub has a granddaughter who does volunteer work there.

“The money we raise in Sussex stays in Sussex. We like to have a connection with the places we help.”

The 20-mile Pillars to Plough walk starts at 9am and ends at 1.30pm. Participants can also join the walk at the 10 and five-mile starting points.

For details visit wwww.ifieldchestnuthouse.co.uk

 

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