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Charity celebrates 25th anniversary

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To mark the 25th anniversary of Contact 88, the founder and president, Bernard Charles, front right, cuts the birthday cake with the mayor of Chichester, Anne Scicluna, watched by members of the committee.Photograph by Kate Shemilt.C130115-2

C130115-2 Chi Volunteer Club phot kate To mark the 25th anniversary of Contact 88, the founder and president, Bernard Charles, front right, cuts the birthday cake with the mayor of Chichester, Anne Scicluna, watched by members of the committee.Photograph by Kate Shemilt.C130115-2

MEMBERS of a hard-working voluntary group have celebrated their 25th anniversary with a cake-cutting ceremony.

Contact 88, set up by Bernard Charles in 1988, is a support group for the elderly and disabled.

The group provides transport for people who have no way of getting to doctor’s appointments or the supermarket.

Long-standing supporter of the service Anne Scicluna, mayor of Chichester, attended the celebrations and helped to cut the cake.

“We have had a great deal of support and encouragement from Chichester councillors and councils,” said Bernard.

“Anne Scicluna was one of the councillors who gave us so much help in the early days.

“This celebration is an opportunity to publicly recognise the help we had back then, and say thank you to every one for making the charity what it is today.

“We would also like to thank Cathedral Enterprises for donating the cake.”

Saturday’s event was well attended, with more than 90 volunteers, helpers and users of the service turning out to enjoy the celebrations.

“We had an absolutely superb time,” said Bernard.

The group also runs day trips to places of interest in West Sussex.

Contact 88 are anxious to welcome new drivers and people who can help assist the passengers.

 

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