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Over the Years

The Eastbourne Half Marathon has been instrumental in raising funds for a whole host of good causes. Many entrants choose to support their favourite causes but those who prefer to put their sponsorship "into the pot" will want to know how it is distributed.

Each year we nominate a lead charity or charities but we always reserve funds for smaller donations to be made to local good causes.

Uur primary charity is once again Chestnut Tree House who are the only children's hospice in Sussex and are a life saver for many families who have children with serious disabilities

After the proceeds from the event have been totalled we invite local schools, clubs, associations, charities and individuals to apply for funds which are usually in the range £200-500. These funds might be to pay for a certain item of equipment, to facilitate a bigger project or provide support where no other source is available. The list of causes and beneficiaries is wide ranging and has included:
  • Lambs for Tollgate Infants School
  • Training facilities for Willingdon Trees Amateur Boxing Club
  • Centenary badges for Girlguiding
  • Outdoor learning centre for Oakwood School
  • Bird club equipment and supplies for St Andrews CE Primary School
  • Camping equipment for the 1st Polegate Scout Group
  • Enchanted Garden project for Pashley Down Infant School
  • Rowing equipment for Eastbourne Rowing Club
  • Tour funds for Eastbourne Rugby Club U15's
  • Swimming lessons grant for Eastbourne Swimming Club
  • Pygmy goats for West Rise Infants School
  • Activity trip for underprivileged children at local Infants school
  • Xmas tea party for retired TWGU members
  • Kitchen equipment for Sussex Oakleaf HA
  • Funds for Junior Engineers Challenge
  • Contribution to mini-bus for Sea Cadets
  • Equipment for Langney Youth FC
  • Access ramp for 11th Eastbourne Scouts
  • Youth Leadership Project for Rotary
  • Training for running coaches for Eastbourne Rovers
  • Print costs for East Sussex Disability Association
  • Overseas Aid - support for gap year student
  • Contribution to minibus for Age Concern
  • Christmas cheer for Action for Children
  • Funding for Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Respite mini-break for Rotary AM
  • Funding for Street Pastors
  • Contribution to new safety boat for Eastbourne Sovereign Sailing Club
  • And a headstone for a young child

In earlier years the Eastbourne Half Marathon has supported many local charities including Southern FM's Help A Local Child, the RNLI, St. Wilfrid's Hospice, Chestnut Tree House, Patched, Friends of the Eastbourne Hospitals, British Heart Foundation and Eastbourne and South Wealden MS Society.

Read about how one benefactor is now helping children in Malawi (click here for PDF)
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...and not forgetting our wonderful sponsors