Sussex Cricket in the Community donate to Impact Initiatives

During the 2015 season Sussex County Cricket Club have supported not one, but five local charities through fundraising events, raffles and bucket collections.
The legendary sports club in Hove has a strong history of engaging with their local communities across both East and West Sussex and have chosen to back five separate charities to help bring a positive impact to the lives of Sussex residents. We recently reported on their fundraising support for Macmillan Cancer Support and the new Macmillan Horizon Centre due to open in 2016.

Following on from this news, Sussex Cricket in the Community have released details about their second Sussex-based charity, Impact Initiatives. 

The sports club and there generous fans were pleased to support the work that Impact Initiatives have been doing in Sussex with a cheque for £435. Working to support local people and communities in Sussex over the last 35 years, Impact initiatives help people of all ages to live healthy and fulfilling lives.

They run services aimed at supporting all age groups, including Stopover, Young People’s Centre, Workability employment service, centres for older people in the local area as well as an advocacy service which ensures people with learning difficulties, acquired brain injuries, Aspergers or disabilities have a voice in important issues in their lives.

Impact initiatives are now working on a new project alongside the Henfield Community Partnership to save and refurbish the Henfield Day Centre.

The Centre was faced with closure when the community stepped in and asked Impact Initiatives to help them. Thanks to this partnership the centre has been saved and is undergoing a refurbishment. Once opened it will be used by over 200 older people and include a specialist service three days each week for people with dementia.

The centre will have a café, a range of interest groups and activities, minibus trips, carers support and hearing tests and advice from Action for Deafness.

Faye Russell of Sussex Country Cricket Club with Caroline Ridley, CEO of Impact Initiatives
Faye Russell of Sussex Country Cricket Club with Caroline Ridley, CEO of Impact Initiatives

Caroline Ridley, CEO of Impact Initiatives said, “We are really excited about this donation, we have worked hard to raise funds for the essential refurbishment but this will make sure we can buy additional equipment we couldn’t otherwise afford”.

This week also saw the release of Sussex Cricket in the Community’s new video celebrating a year of their work within the communities of Sussex, which you can watch here.