FSH News

FSH Gift Fair - Next Wednesday - 24 Nov!

We’re back! Wearing our best bibs and tuckers ready for you to come and zip through your entire Christmas list at our wonderful stalls»  with the added bonus of raising much-appreciated funds for our beloved hospices.

Lovely airy cafe open all day for refreshment - come and make a day of it! For myriad reasons a mail invitation was not sent this year so we would be most grateful if you could tell all your friends and family about the Fair and ask them to bring their friends and family too. It will be the perfect opportunity for a joyful pre-Christmas get-together.

We are working with Ardingly to be as Covid safe for you as possible.

Why not buy your earlybird tickets now» and save on the entry fee? More details on the website here» Some stalls aren't able to take cards so it's a good idea to bring cheque book and cash.

Walk the Hospice Trail Week

The annual Walk The Hospice Trail saw walkers from across Sussex set off on a self-guided event along public footpaths across the county. The event was organised by Friends of Sussex Hospices to raise awareness of the essential work of our hospice care providers.
The Sussex Hospices Trail is a unique 200-mile route which connects 13 hospice areas across Sussex which is used to enjoy our beautiful countryside and also to raise awareness and vital funds. The Trail, which was launched in 2016 stretches from Chichester to St Leonards and includes coastal and inland routes for walkers of all abilities.
Alison Sampson, who led a team from St Michael's Hospice in St Leonards, said: “We got utterly soaked this year but it was great fun and afterwards we warmed up in the pub at Crowhurst. It was all worth it as we are raising much needed funds for our hospice”.
Elaine Taylor from Crowhurst has previously walked the entire Trail with seven friends. She said: “Caroline, Wendy, Hillary, Jan and I walked from Heathfield to Uckfield and this time we enjoyed lovely weather too!
Kathy Gore, who completed the whole Trail in 2020, walked with Tom Acton to Etchingham with Robertsbridge resident and Vice Lord-Lieutenant Sara Stoner. Sara said: it was a joy to walk part of the Hospice Trail with Kathy and Tom. The walk between Robertsbridge and Etchingham passes through some of the most beautiful countryside in East Sussex.
Sue Korman, who devised the Trail said: We encourage people to walk using the AllTrails app on which all of the walks with maps are available. As there are 26 sections ranging in distance from three to 11 miles, there is a walk to suit everyone”.
Twenty-six people have now walked the entire Trail and we know that next year there will be even more. It has really struck a chord and has enabled over £80,000 to be raised for our hospices.
If you are interested to know more you can find the Trail on Friends of Sussex Hospices website or on social media @Sussex Hospices Trail.

WTHT - 2021 (alison)
WTHT - 2021 Kathy & Tom Acton
WTHT 0 2021 Elaine

£65,000 for our Hospices

For many years, we have made a distribution of funds to our Hospice Care providers in the Autumn. For some time we were uncertain as to whether we would be in a position to do so this year. I am delighted to be able to tell everyone that we are, and we did.
Due to the continuing loyalty and generosity of our many supporters (and some heroic individual efforts!) we were able to distribute £65,000. This represents about half the amount that we might hope to give in an average year, but is a great achievement in the current circumstances.
We have received many sincere and grateful thanks from recipients. They have not only faced extremely challenging times for the past 2 years, but also face new ones as the long-term effects of the pandemic become more evident.
I would like to express our enormous thanks to everyone who has made this possible.