insideSUSSEX Magazine Issue 14 - April 2016 - Page 81

CHARITY JOIN THE 44TH ARLINGTON BLUEBELL WALK AND FARM TRAIL The Arlington Bluebell Walk began in 1972 as a way to raise money for local needs, and since then 67 charities have benefited from the £800,000 raised in total. This year, the 44th walk and farm trail will open on Saturday April 2 and will remain open every day from 10am to 5pm until Sunday May 8, with an admission charge of £5.00 adults; £4.50 seniors; £2.00 children (3-16yrs); and family tickets charged at £12.00. This year, there are 22 local charities participating who will provide light lunches and a range of refreshments, as well as a warm welcome to visitors. There are also 12 mobility scooters available free of charge for those with walking difficulties. Since 1972, the Arlington Bluebell Walk and Farm Trail has developed into seven interesting walks over three working farms. One of the walks, through Beatons Wood, has been made suitable for wheelchair users, and is where you find white anemones followed by a vista of bluebells, established over centuries. There will also be a photographic competition, a children’s quiz, plant stall, farm shop, picnic area, and free car parking. Dogs are welcome, but only on leads to prevent disruption to the wildlife. Please visit www.bluebellwalk.co.uk, or call 01323 485151. HASTINGS WOMAN TO SKYDIVE IN MEMORY OF GRANDMOTHER Twenty-year-old woman, Hannah Louise Allen, is to complete a challenge of a lifetime in memory of her grandmother, Cilla, when she takes part in a skydive at Headcorn Airfield on June 25 to raise money for national charity, Heart Research UK. are three times more likely to die of heart disease than breast cancer. Heart Research UK advise woman over 40 to think about getting their cholesterol and blood pressure checked, to assess their risk of heart disease developing. Hannah was extremely close to her grandmother, who sadly died of heart failure at the age of 68 in April 2014. “My nan’s death was very sudden,” says Hannah. “The results of the post mortem showed that she had died of heart disease.” During the jump of a lifetime, Hannah will be harnessed to an instructor, and will complete her tandem skydive at 15,000ft. She hopes to raise over £500 for Heart Research UK, and the money raised will contribute to pioneering research into heart disease and helping people to live happier, healthier and longer lives. For further details, visit www.heartresearch.org.uk/events/skydive. Around 900,000 women are living with coronary heart disease in the UK and women PETS CORNER SHORTLISTED FOR PRESTIGIOUS BUSINESS CHARITY AWARDS Ethical pet retailer, Pets Corner, has been shortlisted in the ‘Marketing Initiative of the Year’ category at this year’s Third Sector Business Charity Awards. Pets Corner’s ‘Give a Dog a Coat’ campaign, in support of the charity with the same name, aimed to help homeless dogs across the country to keep warm during the colder months. Customers were invited to donate pre-loved, homemade and new dog coats via Pets Corner’s network of over 100 stores across Sussex and the rest of the UK during November and December 2015, and for every coat received, Pets Corner donated a tasty doggy treat to the charity. Commenting on the announcement, Dean Richmond, managing director at Pets Corner, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Pets Corner has been shortlisted. As a company we donate more than 4% of our net profit to charities and dedicate a great deal of time to giving back to the communities around us.” The winner of the Marketing Initiative of the Year Award will be unveiled at a gala dinner on Wednesday April 20 in London. 81