Each year the Emsworth Business Association supports a local good cause which has included over the last few years the Rosemary Foundation, The Rowans Hospice and Stonepillow. The EBA chose as its local good cause for 2017 the two Emsworth Primary Schools – St James’ Primary School and Emsworth Primary School with the aim of supporting the future generations of the community. Giles Babb, Chair of the EBA was delighted this week to hand over a cheque to Headteachers Kate Fripp and Erika Biddlecombe for £6,500 which will be shared by the two primary schools. Fund raising events over the year included:
- Emsworth Apple Pressing Day
- The Community Seafood Lunch held during Emsworth British Food Fortnight
- Father Christmas’s Grotto at the Emsworth Christmas Lights Turn on
- Christmas Tree re-cycling
The series of fund raising events culminated with the annual Emsworth Charity Black and White Ball, held at the Brookfield Hotel and attended by almost 100 people which raised through an auction and raffle in excess of £4,000.
The Emsworth Business Association would like to thank all the local business and residents who contributed and supported these events last year and are delighted that the amount raised will make a significant difference to these two primary schools.
“On behalf of St James' Primary School thank you for the money raised for our school and our children. It is superb to see our local community through the EBA supporting the education of the future generation of Emsworth. One of the joys of Emsworth is the team spirit shown by residents and businesses which is demonstrated with this fund raising. Thank you.” Erika Biddlecombe, Headteacher, St James' Primary School, Emsworth'
“Emsworth Primary School are incredibly grateful for the fund raising by the community which will benefit the children in so many ways. It shows our pupils the power of collaborative work and the importance of being part of a wider community with local interests. We are looking forward to sharing with you how the funds will be spent and the benefits to our learning and environment! Thank you from all of us.” Kate Fripp, Headteacher Emsworth Primary School.
“This the largest total the EBA has ever raised for its annual support of local good causes and we have been amazed by the continued generosity and support of businesses. These are tough times for many businesses and the fact that many still supported this initiative shows just how strong and determined this community is.” Giles Babb, Chair EBA - For more information - www.emsworth.org.uk & www.stonepillow.org.uk