Ellen Burgess, from Burgess Hill, has been selling unwanted items to raise money for the Sussex Cancer Fund in memory of her Dad who sadly passed away from lung cancer in 2009. When he died Ellen promised the cancer ward staff at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton she would raise money for the ward.
Donated items from friends and family have been sold to raise much needed funds. So far Ellen has managed to buy for the cancer ward a chemo chair, two chemo stools and five heat pads, which were items on the hospital’s wish list.
Ellen also organised a Family Fun Day at the Cricketers pub in West Street, Burgess Hill, on Saturday, August 25, which raised nearly £800.
Ellen said: “Saturday was a great success and we raised nearly £800. We had a bouncy castle, tombola, sponge throwing, barbeque, a live singer, face painting, hair braiding, hook the duck, table top sales and a raffle. “We also had an auction in the evening. It was all in memory of my late father Chris Burgess, raising money for the Sussex Cancer Fund. “To date, in the last year and a couple of months, I have raised £5,000, just by selling on any unwanted items people donate to me. “I’d like to thank Simon Hancock for letting me hold the event in the Cricketers pub, Sharon the land lady who was amazing, Tobias for singing, and my family and friends that helped on the day, especially Valerie Saunders who is one of my biggest donators.”
Julia Lenton, fund manager, said: “The Sussex Cancer Fund is very grateful to Ellen for all her hard work fundraising for our patients in Sussex, Ellen has been a prolific fundraiser for the Sussex Cancer Fund since May 2017, and in that time has raised over £5000 which has enabled us to purchase vital equipment for the Sussex Cancer Centre. Thank you Ellen for your continued support.”
You can read more in the newspaper coverage of Ellen’s story here