Thank You to Waitrose and Tesco

The Western Road, Hove branch of Waitrose raised £429 for our branch through their Community Matters Scheme.    A tombola was held at the Langney Tesco store raising nearly £200 and on the Saturday before Christmas the same store invited us to bag pack, which raised £1,030.   We’d like to thank the shoppers at Langney Tesco and look forward to holding similar events at both the Lottbridge Drove and Hailsham Stores in 2018.

Arndale Raffle

On 15th December, we once again participated at the annual Eastbourne Arndale Centre raffle to win a car.  Ticket sales throughout the day were steady and we were delighted to raise £540.  Thank you to everyone who came along and supported us.

The Voice Raises Money for the East Sussex Branch

The “Voice” choir comprises of three groups of (approximately) 100 singers who have been bought together by conductor, Diana Terry.   Diana led the choir throughout their Christmas concert, singing 19 Christmas songs to an audience of around 200.

Each year the choir choose a charity they wish to support, and this year they chose the East Sussex Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.  IMG_3056East Sussex Branch Treasurer, Denis Bass was asked to say a few words and was presented with a cheque for £2,505 collected throughout the evening from Tombola and entrance sales.

We’d like to thank the Voice and organiser Diana Terry for putting on such a wonderful concert and choosing to raise funds on this occasion for the East Sussex Branch.

Cumnor House Sussex Families Raise a Huge £153,395 for MND!


A dedicated team of Sussex families have raised a staggering £153,395.51 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association’s Head Office and Sussex branches after a phenomenal year of fundraising events.

Avid supporter of the MND Association, Tracy Robson, together with friends Charlie Tomlinson, Charlotte Hands, Kate Rowe-Ham, Emily Hendin, Anna Sommers and Alicia Drummond formed a supreme fundraising team whose sole aim was to raise as much money as possible for the MND Association during 2016 and 2017.

“The fact that some of us in the team have lost loved ones to Motor Neurone Disease, gave us a real incentive and motivation to raise as much money as possible over the past 11 months,” says Tracey.

“As well as funding and promoting global research into Motor Neurone Disease, the charity provides vital support to people all over the UK whose lives have been affected by this debilitating illness that affects the nervous system.”

The funds will be split equally between the MND Association’s West Sussex North Branch, East Sussex Branch and Head Office for global research. Representatives from the MND Association’s head office and the West Sussex and East Sussex branches attended a special presentation ceremony and lunch hosted at Cumnor House Sussex.

The team’s series of fundraising events kicked off last December with the Cumnor House Sussex Christmas Fayre, organised by Belinda Heinrich, wife of the school’s headmaster, which raised over £27,000 for the charity. In the run up to the fayre, the pupils at Cumnor House Sussex also ran a Friday tuck shop which contributing over £700 in just two weeks.

Other events organised by the team included a curry quiz night which raised £2,000; an art exhibition with highly acclaimed London artist Jeremy Houghton that raised £3,500 and a sell-out charity ball that took place at Brighton’s AMEX Stadium hosted by presenter Jonny Gould, raising a phenomenal £120,000 for the charity.

“I’m so proud of everything that we’ve achieved over the past year,” says Tracey. “It has been incredibly hard work, but we were absolutely determined to raise as much money as we possibly could to help make things better for MND sufferers and their families. It’s amazing what you can achieve when you pull together as a team with a true sense of community spirit.”

Ace Result Jill!

Jill (one of our Brighton area Visitors) organised two events in Brighton – a Quiz Night, which raised £960 and a Tennis Tournament, which raised £785.   We’re really hopeful that Jill is prepared to organise these again to repeat her success.

InChoir at the Big Beach Cafe

A fantastic afternoon at Hove Lagoon with entertainment from InChoir.  We raised £1,071 from the raffle and bucket collection.  All money goes to help those in East Sussex living with and caring for people with Motor Neurone Disease.

Bottle Opening Ceremony

Thanks to the generosity of Paul and the locals at the Thoroughbred Inn at Polegate, we have received a donation of £1,420.  A small team from the East Sussex branch attended the bottle opening ceremony on 30th May and helped with the count.  This money was raised in honour of one of the Thoroughbred’s regulars who sadly passed away from Motor Neurone Disease 2 years ago.

On behalf of the Association, we’d like to say a huge thank you to all the regulars for their generosity, and to Paul for hosting such a lovely evening.

Well Done to Kate!

Kate Pottinger decided to get fit and run the Brighton Marathon.  As Kate had never run a marathon before and admitted to not being the fittest person, this was a huge undertaking.  She trained hard and completed the run, raising £3,169 for the East Sussex Branch.

Race Day at Plumpton

The West Sussex North Branch suggested a joint fundraising event at Plumpton Racecourse when they were invited  to hold a tombola and exit collection on a race day in March.  It proved to be very successful and we raised £1,333 which was split between the two branches.  Plumpton Racecourse told us that this was the most that any charity had raised, and we’ve been invited back again in 2019 for a repeat performance.

Brighton College Collection

Brighton Collection

Huge thanks to this amazing group of Brighton College students who recently held a bag packing bucket collection in a Brighton ASDA. The group raised over £1,300 for those living with motor neurone disease and their local Association Group.

100 Club

The 100 Club for the East Sussex Branch of the MND Association was formed in April 2003 and is a method of ‘fun’draising. It combines an opportunity of giving with the additional benefit of winning. At all times 50% of the total money received will be retained by the East Sussex Branch. The remaining 50% will be given as prize money to the winners of the two half yearly draws. It is the objective of the Branch to use the 100 Club to raise a minimum of at least £1000 each year for use by the Branch to provide help to those living with MND in our area. Since its inception in 2003 we have already raised around £20,000 and currently we are increasing this each year by £2000. If you are reading this and you have not already joined this simple fundraising activity please download the following form: East Sussex MNDA 100 Club Enrolment Form

Cards for Good Causes

Christmas is fast approaching and if you haven’t yet bought your MND cards on line, you can purchase them at Lewes House, School Hill, Lewes.  Brenda and Tony Burchall will be in Lewes selling cards from 10am until 1pm on Monday, 28th November and Monday, 12th December.  Although it’s very easy to purchase cards, etc online, not everyone has computer access and it is also nice to be able to see the cards before purchase.


Why not donate your first shiny new five pound note to the MNDA like our Branch Treasurer, Natalie did in honour of her lovely dad who passed away from Motor Neurone Disease early in 2014.

‘Win a Car’ – Saturday, 12th November, 2016

We’ll be selling raffle tickets to ‘win a car’ all day in the Arndale Shopping Centre, Eastbourne on Saturday, 12th November, 2016.  Come along, say hello and buy some tickets.  All ticket sales for the day will go to the East Sussex Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Easy Fundraising

It’s now even easier to raise funds for our branch. When shopping on line go to where you can shop in a variety of stores including major supermarkets, department stores, Amazon, Argos, P & O Ferries, Travelodge and more.

Just remember to go via the EasyFundraising website rather than the individual store and when you purchase goods, MNDA East Sussex Branch will receive a donation. It’s that simple and doesn’t cost you a penny.

Just follow this link: