Cash raised from a chilly night spent sleeping under the stars has been donated to Eastbourne Foodbank by South East Water.

Volunteers from the company, which supplies tap water to homes and businesses across the county, held the sponsored sleep out as part of a year-long fundraising drive to help community projects.

Customer Care Manager Sheila Bowdery said: “We are out and about every day helping our more vulnerable customers. One of our roles is to make sure our customers know about the special tariffs and extra help we offer for people going through tough times.

“It’s through this work we see first-hand the vital role charities like Eastbourne Foodbank has in being there for people when they need it most.

“It inspired our sleep out because we wanted to highlight the plight of those less fortunate than ourselves and we wanted the money to go to good causes right at the heart of the communities we serve.”

A £500 cheque was handed over to Chief Executive of Eastbourne Foodbank Howard Wardle.

Mr Wardle said: “It's hard to imagine in this beautiful town that we need crisis-intervention assistance with food.

“We have critically low stock, even in the basics, and it’s worse with children at home for summer school breaks. We are beyond grateful for the continuous and invaluable support given to us here. This support is changing lives.”


Image shows cheque being given to Eastbourne Foodbank


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