Chichester community in fundraising fete

RESIDENTS at St Mary’s Almhouses in Chichester raised more than £2,000 for Chestnut Tree House.

The residents of the Chichester community put on a fete last month and managed to raise the huge sum with craft stalls, cakes, a raffle and tombola.

The final total was £2,274.09 for the children’s charity.

Warden for St Mary’s, Monica Winnett, said: “It was a real community effort. They raised a huge amount of money, much more than expected.

“We were hoping for £1,000. These are all elderly people and they kept saying we hope we can raise enough money for the children.”

She said Sally Hastings-Thomas organised the raffle prizes, and the residents were out and about in city-centre shops, asking for raffle prizes.

“They got huge amounts of stuff together for the raffle,” she said.

One resident, Annie Cook, died peacefully five days after the fete, but found out the total they had raised before she passed away.

“She was so thrilled with the total,” said Monica.

The cheque was presented to Chestnut Tree House on Friday at St Mary’s, off St Martin’s Square.

Tracy Bowdery, community fundraiser at Chestnut Tree House, said: “A big, big thank you for all your work and it is just an amazing amount of money, I can’t express how grateful we are.

“It is just amazing. It is going to go a long way to help all the children and families which we support.”