In October 2017 the Tarring Club held a Gary Barlow tribute event and raffle in aid of St Barnabas and presented the charity with a cheque for the sum of £5,561.25, bringing their fundraising total since 1997 to an incredible £42,086.
The Tarring Club was first built in 1907 as the West Tarring Working Men’s Club until it was destroyed during the Second World War in 1943.
According to locals all that was left was the flag pole and a silver trophy, both of which they still have and display, and a bottle of whiskey, which seems to have been lost in the mist of time.
Trustee of the club, Maureen Arnold, 72, said: “When I was a girl my father, whose nickname was Sammy, delivered coal throughout Tarring for over 50 years. He said the original building was where everyone gathered to socialise, share news and support each other.”
The Tarring Club was rebuilt in 1950 and that strong community spirit is much the same today. The club has been supporting St Barnabas House since the hospice’s original capital appeal 50 years ago, and have presented an annual cheque to the hospice since 1997.
Steve Blackmore, President of the Tarring Club said: “From a young age my mum, Flora Blackmore, and her friend Carole Cartlidge raised monies for St Barnabas House and I would help her so I think she would be very proud.
“Many of our members have personal experience of the wonderful care and know what a great support the hospice is. We want to make sure St Barnabas House is always there for our community.”
Members of the club have abseiled down the Spinnaker Tower, skydived, taken part in sponsored walks and held talent competitions. They never miss an opportunity to raise even more and on the night raffle winner Tony Boyling, 51, donated his prize back to it could be auctioned off for the hospice.
Graham Ovrington, 59, won the auction and took home a hamper of wine and cheese. He said: “I took part in the sponsored walk this year. It was a real challenge but worth it. It is such a reassurance knowing the hospice is there for us”. The hamper raised an extra £42.
Wendy Bardsley, Community Fundraising Manager for St Barnabas House, accepted the cheque on behalf of the hospice.
She said: “The Tarring Club is amazing. Many of their members also volunteer for us at our fundraising events, in the hospice and at hospice functions.
“All our services are free and the annual cost or providing all our care services is £6.1 million. We only receive 21% of this from the government while the rest comes from donations and fundraising. The Tarring Club have made a huge contribution and we can’t thank them enough.”
If you would like to find out more about fundraising for St Barnabas House please visit www.stbh.org.uk/fundraising or call the Fundraising Team on 01903 254777.