Fund-raising for victims of Japanese tsunami in Summersdale

Mary Atkinson. ''C120331-2
Mary Atkinson. ''C120331-2

AN EVENING held to raise money to help victims of the Japanese tsunami was a great success.

The Japanese-themed event was organised by holistic therapist and writer Mary Atkinson, who will be visiting the country with her husband Richard.

They will help develop a project with schools there which uses massage to relieve victims’ trauma.

The fund-raising evening took place at the couple’s home in Summersdale and raised more than £1,500, which means they have nearly reached their initial target of £3,000.

More than 100 people aged three to over 90 attended, with a selection of food provided by NotSo Suchi and served by Japanese students from Chichester College.

Hills-Reed Hair and Beauty also supported the evening and donated some generous raffle prizes, while Japanese holistic therapist Sakae Fujiwara, travelled from London to help decorate the house on a Japanese theme.

Guests were able to have their names written in calligraphy by the students, who also made origami.

“It was an amazing success,” said Mary. “We can look towards raising even more to developing the project in more schools and kindergartens.”

The couple will travel to Japan on April 19 and will also be taking a letter of support from the mayor of Chichester, Tony French, to the mayor of Rituzentakata.

During the trip they will work with aromatherapist Takiko Ando and her charity Cocoro.

The project uses massage to help people talk about their experiences. See www.maryatkinson.com.