Saturday, April 20, 2013

Thank You email from Sussex Beacon


Just a quick note to say that I received a very kind email yesterday from the Sussex Beacon to say thank you for the fund-raising associated with my Half Marathon run two months ago in Brighton.

Seeing as it was readers of this Blog who contributed almost all the money donated, I thought it only fair to pass on the thanks of Sussex Beacon to you guys.

I have friends living with HIV, so this is a cause that is close to my heart, and one of the reasons I wanted to do this run was to show some love towards people I know living with HIV. Most are doing fine these days, thanks to modern medicine, thank goodness. Let's hope it will be wiped out in due course.

We also raised about £1,500 for Macmillan Cancer Care too, an amazing charity, on top of the Sussex Beacon monies too, so it was a great result.

I have just started training for the October London Parks Half Marathon, where I will be fund-raising for Scope this time. But I won't start nagging you for sponsorship just yet!

Regards & A Huge Thank You from me too to everyone who contributed! :-)


Julie Rawcliffe <>
18 Apr (2 days ago)
to me
Dear Paul,

I write on behalf of the Sussex Beacon to congratulate you on completing the Brighton Half Marathon on 17th February 2013, and to express our sincere appreciation to you for going that extra mile and donating your sponsorship money of an amazing £1,037.00 to the Sussex Beacon, £250.00 via a payment from the Charities Aid Foundation and £787.00 via payments from Justgiving. We very much appreciate your support and we hope that you had a fabulous day.  Please accept this email as your formal receipt.

The Sussex Beacon first opened in November 1992, since then we have been at the forefront of HIV service delivery, working closely with NHS service providers to offer a range of innovative and evidence-based services. The need for specialist HIV care is as great today as when we opened our doors 20 years ago, for many people our services are a lifeline. We aim to improve the health of men and women living with HIV, supporting them to manage their heath and return to independent living. Our end of life care enables people to die with dignity in a comfortable non-judgemental environment.  

The Sussex Beacon needs to generate about 50% of its income through fundraising every year.  Increasing pressure on statutory funding along with rising costs mean that we need to work harder and harder to survive. Our trust fundraising successes have enabled us to develop our Outpatient Services, which has been a great achievement!  However our Inpatient Unit is under threat and in August 2011 we launched our Beacon Appeal to raise the £150k needed to keep our Inpatient Unit open.  We are so grateful for your support which is so important. It is only through the generosity of our community, friends and supporters that we are able to continue to provide our unique and essential services.

Dates have been announced for the hugely popular Brighton & Hove Open Gardens in aid of The Sussex Beacon which will take place on Saturday 29 – Sunday 30 June 2013 from 11am – 5pm each day. More than 70 private gardens and community spaces have already signed up from small city courtyards to expansive open spaces in Hove, Montpelier, Fiveways and Roundhill, Preston Park and Surrenden, Stanmer, East of Brighton, Rottingdean and Newhaven. Many of the gardeners will be providing teas, scrummy cakes and light lunches and even a glass of Pimms! – details of these are being listed on the new website at for 2013.
Buy your tickets through the website in April and receive a 20% early bird discount using the CODE SB2357

Thank you again, for your support, it is very much appreciated.

With best wishes

Yours sincerely,

Julie Rawcliffe
Donor & Fundraising Administrator

The Sussex Beacon, Bevendean Road, Brighton, East Sussex. BN2 4DE
Tel: 01273 694222 ext. 247


  1. Paul, I thought that you might like to know that if you do future fund-raising, BT have a website called "mydonate", which is a free fundraising service where they don't charge anything.

    Mark Carter

    1. Thanks Mark, that does sound interesting.
      Maybe I will offer both, as many people already have a Justgiving account already set up, hence it's easier for them to use that.
      However, people might also switch to MyDonate if it's a free alternative?
      Thanks for flagging it up.

      Regards, Paul.

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