Very pleased

LAST week you printed an article that stated the collections around the Christmas tree were to benefit Chichester-based charities. Numerous individuals and organisations who had given their services were singled out.

We are very pleased to offer grateful thanks to the good people of Chichester who had dug deep into their pockets and handbags so that a sum in excess of £10,000 was raised.

So many shops have found trading condition difficult.

The latest casualty of Jessops and HMV under threat are the latest consequences of decreasing spending in the city.

In such a climate, to have experienced the generosity of mums, dads and children in the run-up to Christmas has been very gratifying.

The three presidents of the Rotary Clubs say a big thank you to all of you who did your bit to swell the funds.

Richard Hancock, Chris Doman and David Hilditch