Brighthelm Centre Volunteers Celebrated At 450 Feet


On Tuesday 10th July 2018, over 100 people enjoyed a private flight on British Airways i360, to celebrate the work they do with the Brighthelm Church and Community Centre.

The BA i360 team invited Brighthelm to celebrate the work of its volunteers, tenants, staff and partners during a private flight.

Brighthelm’s volunteer coordinator, Jacob Whiteside said “Volunteers are absolutely vital to our success at Brighthelm, and we couldn’t do what we do without the priceless contributions of our dedicated volunteer team. Volunteers bring something very unique to the centre and their presence helps foster the open and welcoming atmosphere that we pride ourselves on.”

The Brighthelm Centre is a Church and Community Centre in the heart of Brighton, they host a range of small and medium sized local charities and organisations, as well as providing room hire and meeting space to a range of local groups and services. They also run a popular community coffee shop which gives all of its tips to local charities.

Over the course of 2017, Brighthelm recorded an incredible 104% increase in volunteer hours at the centre, a figure which has remained stable throughout the first 6 months of 2018. These volunteer hours directly impact the community by enabling us to improve the service we offer to our customers and guests and increasing our capacity.

In addition to Brighthelm volunteers, the flight also included a wonderful range of partners and tenants of Brighthelm, including:

  • Brighton and Hove Food Partnership: A non-profit organisation helping people learn to cook, eat a healthy diet, grow their own food and waste less food.  
  • Christian Publishing and Outreach: A charity that only exists to serve the Church, to help God’s people share the amazing good news in a way that changes lives.
  • City Gate Church:A church community who are based at Brighthelm
  • Brighton and Hove Community Radio: A non-commercial, not for profit, internet based radio station. We are staffed by dedicated volunteers who enjoy making radio for everyone’s pleasure.
  • Sustainable Business Partnership: A not-for-profit Community Interest Company that works with businesses, social enterprises and public sector organisations to help them reduce costs and environmental impact
  • Fair Share Sussex: We redistribute surplus food to charities that turn it into meals. We are doers. We are a community. We change lives.
  • Open Strings: A social enterprise to connect people through music making, whatever your ability.
  • Speak Out: A local charity who offer a range of services for people with learning disabilities,  who will be moving into Brighthelm this summer.

Lena Koskela, head of sales and marketing for British Airways i360 said “It is a privilege to give something back to these amazing local organisations. Brighton has a huge voluntary sector doing life changing work, and we’re proud to be able to celebrate with them”.

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