The People's Charity 2018 - Chestnut Tree House

The People's Charity 2020

The Airbourne People’s Charity is cleared for take-off once again as airshow fans vote for this year’s good cause to benefit from important donations at Eastbourne International Airshow.

With over £90,000 donated to beneficiaries so far, one worthy charity could enjoy an airshow upgrade this year with a share of the donations and the promise of increased public appeal amongst the vast Airbourne audience.

Charity supporters can vote for their favourite good cause to join two other charities (chosen by the Rotary Clubs of Sovereign Harbour and Hailsham) who will between them benefit from 30% of all donations at the show. 

Voting is now closed, The People's Charity will be announced soon.

The 2020 Shortlist

Chalk Farm Learning Disabilities Centre

Chalk FarmCurrently supporting 42 adults with learning disabilities and/or autism, Chalk Farm Learning Disabilities Centre in Willingdon has been running for over 25 years.

Students train from Monday to Friday with the ultimate goal of gaining a career in an industry they are passionate about, from hospitality to housekeeping and horticulture. The centre has seen many success stories, with past students gaining paid work as chefs, waiting staff and reception staff, as well as voluntary work too.

Learning vital independent living skills, these hard working adults grow in confidence and improve social skills, making friends, developing relationships and understanding that they are not alone in this world. The centre have recently started their biggest project yet creating a ‘Secret Garden’ project, providing a safe and relaxing space, with students playing a part in the whole process from planning to the finishing touches.

Eastbourne and District Samaritans

Eastbourne & District Samaritans

Staffed entirely by volunteers, Eastbourne & District Samaritans have been providing a service to the local community for more than 50 years. Last year their specially trained volunteers helped over 23,000 people.

Supporting people and their families with whatever is troubling them, their aim is to reduce suffering and bring comfort and a sense of calm to those contacting their volunteers via phone, email and in person.

What makes the service unique is that people can speak to trained volunteers about how they feel in complete confidence, knowing they will be accepted and heard. Their centre, The Haven, is open every day of the year from 10.30am to 10.30pm and volunteers also take duties throughout the night, and work out in the community with other organisations too.

Ronald McDonald House Charities UK – (Brighton)

Poppy & Grace at Ronald McDonald House Charities UK (Brighton)

Providing a free ‘home away from home’ accommodation for families with children in specialist hospitals, the charity enables families to stay close to their child’s bedside, maintaining a degree of normal life during a difficult time.

The Ronald McDonald House in Brighton provides much-needed normality for families with children being treated at Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital Trevor Mann Baby Unit. With 18 en-suite bedrooms, the house also offers kitchens for family meals, communal lounges, play areas for siblings and quiet spaces give families a refuge away from hectic wards.

Over the last ten years, the Brighton House has accommodated over 2,000 families, including 162 from the Eastbourne area. A further 93 Eastbourne families have been accommodated at some of the charity’s other sites in London, Southampton and Birmingham.

The 2019 People's Charity

Chaseley Trust

The Chaseley Trust
won the vote for the 'people's charity' at Airbourne in 2019 after winning the public vote.

The Chaseley Trust joined the Rotary charities of the Eastbourne Blind Society and Parkinson’s UK (Hailsham) chosen by members of the Sovereign Harbour Rotary Club and Hailsham Rotary Club.

The money raised at Airbourne in both the bucket collections and at the charity's in ouse events, will go some way towards the £115,000 cost of fully refurbishing the bathroom facilities, which are currently showing their age, with considerable wear and tear. These improvements will enable the Trust to provide better, more accessible and safer facilities for everyone, enhancing the overall experience of living at Chaseley, improving energy efficiency and allowing for easier cleaning and maintenance, therefore saving the charity money in the future.


Donations Keep Airbourne Flying High

The annual Airbourne bucket collection, organised by Steve Newman and Mike Barlow of Sovereign Harbour Rotary Club, and the Rotary Clubs of Hailsham, is a mammoth project each year with over 200 buckets out and about across the town during the four days of the airshow.

The bucket collection has become integral in securing both the future of the airshow and keeping entry free, with 70% of donations helping to fund the flying displays. The remaining 30% of donations are split between three local charities, all of whom support the show with volunteer collectors.

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About the Chaseley Trust

Supporting people in Eastbourne with significant disabilities for the past 74 years, the Chaseley Trust are proud of their high quality rehabilitation and care service which supports adults to enable them to live a full and active life.

Recently rated “outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Chaseley specialises in providing person centred care and rehabilitation packages for people with brain; spinal cord injury and neurological conditions, such as multiple sclerosis and motor neurone.

As a charity, they rely on the generosity of the community. Each year they look to raise over £500,000 to fully support those who use their services and look to individuals and charitable organisations to help deliver the activities for which no Government or Local Authority funding is received.