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Hospice needs £5,300 every day to stay afloat

St Peters and st James's Hospice have a swimathon at the triangle, Burgess Hill. Gill Cronin from the fundraising team sets them off

St Peters and st James's Hospice have a swimathon at the triangle, Burgess Hill. Gill Cronin from the fundraising team sets them off

Swimmers who dived in to help St Peter and St James Hospice showed their worth in a fundraising event at The Triangle leisure centre.

Fundraising manager at the Wivelsfield Green-based hospice, Gill Cronin, was at the Swimalong with her claxon to start the swimmers off.

She said: “We receive less than 18 per cent of our funding from the Government and this means we have to raise more than £1.9million every year through fundraising – that’s £5,300 every single day.”

A record number of swimmers joined the sponsored event in Burgess Hill, including members of the Dolphin Ladies’ and Mid Sussex Marlins’ swimming clubs who have fond memories of Sheila Mills.

Sheila, who died at the hospice, was a teacher at the Dolphin Ladies’ Club and was married to John Mills, the Marlins’ chairman.

Jo Claxton, who organised the annual event, said: “Mid Sussex Marlins had eight teams and gave us fantastic support.

“We had a record number of swimmers this year and with sponsorship money still coming in, we are hoping the Swimalong has raised more than £5,000.”

*If you prefer pedal power to swimming there is still time to buy a raffle ticket in aid of the hospice with six new bikes supplied by the Haywards Heath Cycle Centre as star prizes.

There are two top-of-the- range bikes for adults, two bikes for youngsters aged 10 to 16 and two tricycles for the very young.

Tickets cost £1 and your last chance to buy one is this Saturday, November 17. The draw takes place on November 24 when Father Christmas comes to Haywards Heath to switch on the Christmas lights.

Tickets are available from the Bay Tree Café and Nostalgiagraphs in The Orchards shopping centre in Haywards Heath or from reception at the hospice.

 

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