Team Ground Force! At the end of May we grafted for four hours revamping the garden at Beech Hurst Nursing Home in Haywards Heath. The clay concrete soil gave way to our determination and we managed to get rid of a truck load of unwanted weeds, plants and rubble to make way for a much better canvas for the staff and residents to plant a far more colourful garden for them to enjoy. The nursing home staff were delighted and supplied us with bacon butties and cupcakes to reward us for our hard work and sore backs! It was a great opportunity to team build and muck in together away from the office for a change which we thoroughly enjoyed…many hands really do make light(ish) work!
Awesome Fundraising! In June Pat Gallagher hosted his nearly famous Charity Golf Day, with players this year attending from as far away as Scotland and North Shields; needless to say they weren’t disappointed. Set within the beautifully landscaped Haywards Heath Golf Club, over 70 players enjoyed 18 holes in the glorious sunshine…bliss!
Over £1,500 was raised for The Sam White Legacy which supports the facilities at Nottingham Hospital, recognised as a centre of excellence from brain tumours, in particular those children and young adults. Soon to have the only in situ intra-operative MRI scanner in the UK; creating a fantastic environment for safer neuro surgery: www.samwhitelegacy.org.uk
We also raised £455.00 for Haywards Heath Girl Guide Range Sommer Hilbourne aged 15. She is raising money to get her to an orphanage in KwaZulu-Natal, a remote part of North Eastern South Africa in August 2016. Through Coco’s Foundation and Girl Guiding Sussex Central, she will be part of a team of Girl Guides who will help build two houses with toilets for some of the older children at the Mseleni orphanage. Many of these children have had a very hostile start to life and Sommer and the team will be helping to give these children a chance to get on the right path for a better future.
PSG staff at the Cuckfield Cricket ground
Anyone for Cricket!! The 30th July was the last fixture of the season for the Cuckfield Taverners who played the Cuckfield Bonfire Society ending in victory for the Taverners. A beautiful summer’s evening meant a fantastic turn out and thoroughly enjoyable evening at Cuckfield Cricket ground. Some great cricket was played, scrummy lasagne made by Jackie and Jim from the White Harte Inne was scoffed, and spirits were high. We sponsored the food and the winning prize for the Man of the Match, whilst monies raised during the evening went towards the refurbishment of the Cuckfield Cricket Pavilion.
We had a Ball!! On the 17th of October we attended the St Peter & St James’ Hospice Ruby Charity Ball. We had a fabulous time dancing the night away to a live band The Saucy Flapdragons. There was a charity auction to help raise the hospice some much needed funding; we also had some fun with our £10.00 per ticket raffle for a pretty awesome prize of one week’s accommodation at a lovely holiday home in Portugal…we helped them raise £1,660!!
We are sponsoring the programme for the Cuckfield Christmas Tree Festival which will be held from Friday 11th until Sunday 13th December at Cuckfield’s Holy Trinity Church. With 80 decorated Christmas trees that fill the church it’s a perfect opportunity to do something Christmassy with all the family and especially older children who have outgrown that visit to Santa. This year all proceeds will go towards Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice; caring for children and young adults up to the age of 19 from East and West Sussex.
Burgess Hill Christmas Tree
Last year we added a new Christmas Tree to Burgess Hill by placing 2,880 white lights in the fir tree at St John’s Church. This year we are doubling that amount so the tree will be lit by over 5700 lights; we reckon it may even be seen from space and be a landmark for the International Space Station…well maybe! We’re expecting a great turnout on 16th December when the lights will be switched on after the carol service at St John’s Church. Whether you’re a church goer or not it’s not Christmas without belting out a few carols…a great tradition that P&S Gallagher will be keeping up for many years to come.