Welcome to the Friends of Sussex Hospices
Friends of Sussex Hospices is a registered charity run entirely by volunteers. It raises funds, through a variety of activities, to support the running costs of the twelve hospice care providers that serve the adults and children of Sussex. FSH works alongside our hospices, promoting awareness of the invaluable services provided by them to our community.
Shave it off for hospices (featured)
Henry Brooks, chef at the Laughing Fish, Isfield, near Uckfield, celebrated his 30th birthday by shaving off his long beard to support FSH. The pub’s bar manager, James Pearson, shed his long red whiskers and regulars Dan Johnson and Barry Fraser also gave up their beards to raise money for the charity. Hairdresser Lauren Durrant brandished the razor.
Henry and friends are now encouraging others to make a small sacrifice to make a big difference.
Henry said: “This all started after a few beers at our monthly pub quiz with a couple of my friends and family trying to convince me that it was time to lose the beard. “Much to the surprise of everybody, including myself, I agreed and with my 30th birthday only a few months away, it seemed a great idea to tie it in. “As soon as we mentioned it to a few other people, we had other willing candidates to face the razor and raise some funds.
“The Laughing Fish has supported FSH for some time, with annual inclusion in the Mad March Pub Quiz, (which takes place on Sunday 5 March this year) and the Isfield Beer Race, run every Easter Monday, so they were the obvious charity to support.”
After shedding his whiskers, and several glasses of restorative beer, Henry said: “I’m absolutely chuffed with the turn-out tonight and the support from all my friends”.
James challenged the assembled crowd to raise £100 to include his head of hair in the shave off. Needless to say within a few minutes £150 was in the hat and the picture tells the story. James said “I’m very sorry to have lost my gorgeous head of hair, however it’s for a very good cause and it was fabulous to receive so much support”
At the end of the evening over £1,300 was raised and more donations are expected to come in, in the coming week. It’s not too late to sponsor Henry Brooks and friends through our Justgiving page»
The Big Get Together is an opportunity to Get Together with your friends or family and have some fun – and one of the easiest ways to raise money for FSH and local hospice care. Friends of Sussex Hospices has joined up with other hospices across the South East to invite you to be part of The Big Get Together in October; all you have to do is ask your guests to make a donation that will go straight towards providing hospice care in your local community. You could invite the family around for a barbeque; hold a cocktails and canapés evening; watch films and eat pizza in your PJs; dance like divas or simply raise the roof with a good old-fashioned gossip; you can be as sophisticated or silly as you like! Find out more»
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