St Barnabas House Supporters Hold ‘Big Get Togethers’

Supporters of local charity St Barnabas House have been participating in ‘The Big Get Together’ by holding parties to raise money for the hospice.

Seven events have taken place so far, including a wine and cheese party, cream tea and a fantastic Mexican-themed party. 

Brattles hold Mexican party in memory of Spencer Rayment and Dawn Madell

2 - Steve and Debbie Brattle and family present cheque for £3,561.60

Steve and Debbie Brattle from Worthing held a Mexican-themed Big Get Together. They decorated their garden with Mexican flags and cacti, and guests were fined if they did not dress up!

There was a cocktail bar serving tequila and other drinks, a selection of Mexican food and even tablecloths with chillies on them. They held a quiz with Mexican-themed questions and a chilli eating competition.

Steve said: “It was a really great night and we raised £3561.60 towards a great cause. Following last year’s Italian night which raised £2,650 we now intend for this to be an annual event with next year having an American theme.

“These events will raise money for St Barnabas House in memory of Debbie’s father, Spencer Rayment, and her sister, Dawn Madell, who both received fantastic care and support from St Barnabas.

“St Barnabas really provides a special service and anything we can do to raise funds is a pleasure.”

Steve and Debbie were supported by a number of local businesses that donated to the raffle.

Steve added: “We’d like to say a big thank you to Saffron from Tesco Durrington, as well as Brio, Limings, Tan Seekers, Toby Carvery Goring, the Rose and Crown, Make-up by Caitlin, Richard John, Wyevale Findon, Cupcakes by Jasmine, Lloyds, The Cactus Farm and Sainsbury’s Local Goring for their prize donations.”

Jenny Murrell, St Barnabas House Community Fundraising Officer, said: “The money raised by Steve, Debbie and the Brattle family will make a really big difference.

“The £3561.60 they raised is more than enough to pay for a whole day of the service provided by our Community Palliative Care Team. We’d like to say a big thank you to Steve and Debbie for their continued support.”

Charity shop volunteer hosts cream tea to raise money for St Barnabas House

2 - Mel Murrell and friends

Littlehampton resident Mel Murrell hosted a cream tea Big Get Together with friends and family to raise money for St Barnabas House.

She invited around 20 guests and charged £5 entry, which included a cream tea plus other homemade goodies. There were party games including a tombola and ‘Play Your Cards Right’.

Mel, a volunteer at the St Barnabas House charity shop in Littlehampton, decided to support her local hospice by holding a Big Get Together because she knows several people who have been cared for by the hospice. In total she raised £200.

Mel said: “I wanted to support my local hospice for all the good work they do and raise a good sum of money for them.”

You can find ideas and inspiration or register to take part in The Big Get Together at

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