Ladies’ sale raises £1,000 for family charity

Homestart sale at St John the Evangelist Church, Horsham. L to R Valerie Dickson, Sarah O'Connell, Barbara Picknell and Kirsty Farrell. Photo by Derek Martin
Homestart sale at St John the Evangelist Church, Horsham. L to R Valerie Dickson, Sarah O'Connell, Barbara Picknell and Kirsty Farrell. Photo by Derek Martin

A SALE of ladies’ new and good quality second hand accessories raised more than £1,000 for charity.

Saturday’s Belts, Bags and Baubles event at St John the Evangelist Church Hall, Horsham, raised £1,097.63 for the Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex branch of Home-Start (CHAMS).

CHAMS is a voluntary organisation which sends a well trained and supervised volunteer with parenting experience to visit families with young children at home and offers emotional support to help parents find ways to manage and resolve problems.

This direct support involves confidential listening, establishing routines, modelling good parenting, encouraging development and providing opportunities for outings and treats.

Practical help also enables parents to get to appointments, do the shopping, cooking and making the home safe.

The church just off Bishopric was buzzing all day with people coming in to see and buy bags, hats and other ladies’s accessories which will go towards.

The money raised will go towards funding this informal access to parenting advice and skills development, which continues to change the lives of many families around the area.

Sarah Connell from Home Start CHAMS said they wanted to thank several Horsham businesses including Wakefield, Sainsbury’s, Marks and Spencer, Waterstones, Framestore, Fleur’s, Clothstore and Toymaster.