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Hospice appeals for more help in Storrington area

More help is needed in the Storrington area to support a hospice.

Mary Bye and Neil Francis from the St Barnabas House  Fundraising Team are looking for volunteers in the Storrington, Sullington and West Chiltington area to form a Friends supporter group to help with local activities. 

They say people may volunteer for as little as couple of hours a month and their support would make a huge difference to the patients and families cared for by St Barnabas House.

John Brenton, pictured, has been involved with St Barnabas House since 1978.

He is a founder member of the hospice’s Storrington Friends Group, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

Since 1995 the group has raised nearly £60,000 from events as well as managing the supply of St Barnabas collecting boxes and Christmas pin badges to local businesses.   

John said: “I’ve hugely valued my time with St Barnabas House and I will always be involved where I can.  Their work is so important for the community and it’s been a privilege to work with them for so long.” 

Although the group says John has done a fantastic job leading Storrington Friends, he is keen to hand over the reins to a new leader or group.

Storrington is an important place for St Barnabas House. Founder Dr Francis Gusterson, who established the hospice in 1973, was a local GP and anaesthetist and lay reader in the Storrington area, and worked with John for some time at the beginning of his St Barnabas career.

There are 12 St Barnabas House Friends Groups all over Sussex, made up of volunteer supporters, and vary in size from individuals to larger groups, who help in any way they can.  They raise funds for the hospice by organising events such as quiz nights, bring and buy stalls, flower shows, street collections, barbecues, tea parties and raffles. They also help raise awareness by publicising the hospice’s work in their town or village.

Neil and Mary would be delighted to see anyone interested and chat about some of ideas to help get a new Friends Group off the ground. The Fundraising Team can be contacted on 01903 254777 or by email at fundraising@stb.org.uk

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