TWO charities have benefited from fundraising by Wilton Park staff.
Event co-ordinator Nicola Lloyd handed over two £500 cheques at Wiston House, near Steyning, on Thursday.
Hannah Miller received one on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Society and Derek Richardson accepted the other for Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.
Business development manager Nandini Mackay said: “Fundraising activities have included a Hallowe’en quiz night and the sales of handmade crafts, Wilton Park Christmas cards and calendars.”
Wilton Park is a global forum for strategic discussion, organising more than 50 events a year in the UK and overseas.
These bring together leading representatives from the worlds of politics, business, academia, diplomacy, civil society and media.
Mrs Mackay said: “We focus on issues of international security, prosperity and justice. Our meetings provide a neutral environment where conflicting views can be expressed and debated openly and calmly, allowing acceptable compromise and resolution to be achieved.”
Hannah Miller, community fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Society, said the charity relied on the generosity of individuals to continue leading the fight against dementia.
“One in three people over 65 will die with dementia,” she added. “It is more than just memory loss, it robs people of their lives and has a devastating impact on families and loved ones.”
Julie Clare, corporate and events assistant for the air ambulance, said the 24-hour night flying service launched last year meant the charity had to raise an extra £1million a year.
“The service is expected to benefit a further 400 to 500 patients a year,” she added. “The support of the business community is greatly appreciated and really does make a difference.”