SPECIAL guests helped make sure a fundraising garden party hit all the right notes.
Captain Jack Sparrow was joined by a piratical pal, a princess and a beauty queen at the event organised by Tyler’s Trust.
The garden party was the latest in a series of money-raising occasions organised by the trust which provides special gift boxes for children with life-limiting illnesses across the Observer area.
The trust was set up by Barnham teenager Tyler Murphy and his family.
Tyler was diagnosed with a brain tumour when he was 12 and after ten operations and a lot of time in hospital, he decided he wanted to do something to help others.
Tyler’s mum Janice said: “It was really good.
“Everyone seemed to have a lovely time. It was a relaxed atmosphere and there were plenty of people here.
“We have raised about £850 and a family whose child we gave a gift box presented us with a cheque for £500.
“The money raised will make a huge difference.
“Tyler was also able to give a gift box to a young lady on the day as well, which meant everyone who came along to support us got to see what we do.”
The festivities, held at Mount Pleasant House in Eastergate on Sunday, were declared open by Miss Chichester, Kim Fletcher.
Kim said: “It is really nice to be here and be able to support Tyler’s Trust. Raising funds for charity was a big part of the Miss World competition and for me it is very important.
“Speaking to Tyler about what the trust is doing is inspirational and I have spoken to him about maybe visiting some of the patients with him when he gives out a gift box.”
Also on his best behaviour for the occasion was Captain Jack, who promised to keep any looting to a minimum.
“It is great to be here and help Tyler’s Trust raise funds. People can come and have a picture and hopefully they will donate some money to the cause.
“We will try not to do any looting as it is for such a good cause,” said Captain Jack.
Visitors could also meet Frozen’s Princess Anna and have a look around a number of stalls that had been set up.
There was a pamper area where guests could receive some TLC.
Face painting also proved a hit, as did cupcakes and popcakes for those with a sweet tooth.
The next charity event organised by the trust will be a spinathon at Fitness First, Shripney Road, on October 6.
The event will run from 6am until early evening and anyone who wants to get involved and sweat it out for the cause is more than welcome.
Those taking part will also able to use the gym’s facilities afterwards.
For more information visit www.tylerstrust.co.uk.