Special needs charity ‘touched’ by generosity

Port staff, back row, left to right, Kevin Stewart, Julian Seaman, Nicky Goldsbrough, Tim Hague, Lyndsay King, Brian Rousell and Peter Davies; front row, left to right, Sarah Nicholson, Rodney Lunn, Georgia Ellis, Paul Johnson and Katie Orchin
Port staff, back row, left to right, Kevin Stewart, Julian Seaman, Nicky Goldsbrough, Tim Hague, Lyndsay King, Brian Rousell and Peter Davies; front row, left to right, Sarah Nicholson, Rodney Lunn, Georgia Ellis, Paul Johnson and Katie Orchin

FESTIVE fundraising helped boost Shoreham Port’s Christmas donation to a Shoreham-based special needs charity.

Instead of sending cards each year, the authority chooses a local charity to receive a donation and staff added to the total with a Christmas Jumper Day.

Adur Special Needs Project has been changing the lives of children and young people with special needs, aged five to 18, across the Worthing, Lancing and Shoreham area for more than 20 years.

Port chief executive Rodney Lunn said: “We applaud the important work that this charity undertakes and our management and staff wanted to help them give their members a special Christmas.”

The port made a £500 donation and money from the Christmas Jumper Day is still coming in to add to it.

Project administrator Yvonne McKeown said that, like many small charities, the team relied heavily on donations and funding from outside organisations in order to maintain their valuable service to members and their families.

“We have been really touched by Shoreham Port’s generosity,” she added.

“Without this kind of local interest and support, our job would be much harder. It is not as easy to get essential funding for our work these days, so any donation of this nature is very gratefully received.”

The project’s work means that while the youngsters enjoy fun, stimulating and challenging activities in a safe and caring environment, their families benefit from valuable respite.

Katie Orchin, marketing and communications assistant at Shoreham Port, said: “We have been delighted to donate to Adur Special Needs Project this year as our Christmas charity. Each year we aim to make a donation to a group in the local community and support them in their activities.”

For more information on volunteering for Adur Special Needs Project, or offers of financial support, email info@adurspecialneedsproject.org.uk or telephone Ms McKeown on 01273 441866.