Free fair rides last Sunday for children with special needs

Michael Hanna's pictures from the 1960's, when Bensons Fairground first came to Mid Sussex. Lindfield Fair, August 1962
Michael Hanna's pictures from the 1960's, when Bensons Fairground first came to Mid Sussex. Lindfield Fair, August 1962

AROUND 250 young children with special needs, along with their parents and carers, were given free rides at Bensons Funfair in Horsham on Sunday 15 July.

This event, which was by invitation only, was organised by the Rotary Club of Horsham, in conjunction with Horsham District Council, and Bensons Funfair.

Bensons Funfair is a traditional local family business which has been giving pleasure and fun times to generations of Horsham residents for over 60 years.

Tommy Benson and his family were only too pleased to provide a period of free rides for children of mixed abilities when first approached by The Rotary Club of Horsham and Horsham District Council last year and they made every effort to ensure that as many of the children who did make it to Horsham Park on Sunday 15 July 2012 went home happy.

Bensons provides its time and facilities for this event totally free of charge and should be congratulated on doing such a wonderful job in adverse weather conditions.

Unfortunately some families across Sussex who had been invited were ultimately advised not to attend due to the state of the land which certainly could not have handled the more than 500 children, together with parents and pushchairs that were initially invited.

The letter below from Gill Gabel from Lewes, who attended the event, gives heartfelt thanks to all those involved:

“Thank you so much for organising this wonderful time. It was such a treat for the children.

“The children had the best time of their little lives this summer so far, they all got muddy, and no one cared.

“Our warm and grateful thanks to the kind Rotary people for organising this - it was an inspired idea.

“This was the first time I really knew what Rotary as an organisation get up to in their spare time and am impressed. Stars all round.

“Also huge thanks to the Bensons Funfair owner - it could not have been easy to get all the rides up and running in the conditions, and they pulled out all the stops to do it for the kids.”