Horsham police donate £750 to local projects

PCSO Carol Boniface with Dan Snellor and Carlton Long
PCSO Carol Boniface with Dan Snellor and Carlton Long

Horsham police has donated a total of £750 to local charities across the Horsham district.

The Colgate Memorial Hall Fund has received £300, to be used for the upkeep of the building.

PCSO Tracy Bicknell presents a cheque to David Elder of the Colgate Memorial Hall Management Committee

PCSO Tracy Bicknell presents a cheque to David Elder of the Colgate Memorial Hall Management Committee

David Elder, of the Colgate Memorial Hall Management Committee, said: “I would like to thank the Sussex force for the very kind donation towards our village hall maintenance and redecoration from the Police Property Act Fund.

“Our village hall was replaced in 1953 by a ‘temporary’ building after the original hall was destroyed by enemy action in 1940.

“The hall is still in regular use for local community events and often requires maintenance through local fund raising, and your donation will go a long way to keeping the building in good condition.”

The local force has also gifted £150 to Know Dementia, to help fund the Purple Angel Memory cafe in Henfield.

Chair and trustee of Know Dementia Alex Morrison-Cowan and PCSO Bryony Sparks

Chair and trustee of Know Dementia Alex Morrison-Cowan and PCSO Bryony Sparks

The cafe opened in Henfield High Street on Saturday March 7 and is aimed at people living with dementia and their families. Held in the Free Church Hall, it will be open every second Saturday from 2pm until 4pm.

Jennie Morrison-Cowan, trustee of Know Dementia, said: “A big thank you to the police for their support.

“The cafe is staffed by volunteers however we pay for the premises so the money from Saxon Weald, Rotary and your good selves should keep us going for a good while.”

PCSO Bryony Sparks said: “I was made to feel really welcome at the opening of the Purple Angel Memory Cafe in Henfield and would like to wish Know Dementia every success with the project.

“The application to the Police Property Act Fund was originally made by my colleague PCSO Sue Poynter and I was pleased to present the donation on her behalf.”

In addition, £300 has been donated to the West Sussex Young People’s Service, helping young people gain a certificate in outdoor skills.

PCSO Carol Boniface said: “It was a real pleasure to attend the ‘Purple Bus’ whilst it was at Storrington Leisure Centre and to present the cheque to youth workers Dan Snellor and Carlton Long, which will be used to benefit local young people.”

The donations come from the Police Property Act Fund, made up of monies received by the police from property confiscated by order of the court and then sold.