Slideshow: Horsham 100 handover of cheque

A year ago a successful local managing director and a distinguished secondary head teacher joined forces to launch a mission that many thought was impossible.

To raise £100,000 in a year for a local good cause.

JPCT 250612 Horsham 100 thank you. Photo by Derek Martin

JPCT 250612 Horsham 100 thank you. Photo by Derek Martin

They chose the excellent Dame Vera Lynn Trust School for Parents for children with cerebral palsy at Five Oaks - and embarked on the most ambitious of fund-raising missions.

One year later, Horsham 100 reconvened for a lunch to hand over the proceeds of their endeavours.

The managing director was Peter Sutton of PMW and the head was Jules White of Tanbridge House School.

But they were not alone in daring to dream the impossible.

This newspaper, from the outset, committed itself to support them - along with hundreds of other people across the Horsham community.

They included Gill Buchanan the manager of Swan Walk shopping centre and chair of Horsham Unlimited as well as the town centres manager Garry Mortimer-Cook.

Since then, all manner of events have taken place including a Song for Horsham competition – launched in the County Times three months ago and judged by Dame Vera Lynn and this newspaper.

The superb Horsham anthem entitled Horsham Town was the creation of local singer songwriter Ben Chambers; and Katie Harding – Voices from the Coal Shed – was the inspiration behind the competition, with Peter Sutton.

Horsham Town was performed at the recent Jubilee Tea Party, and again this week at the Tanbridge House School lunch, backed by Year 9 pupils, who had received just two hours coaching before performing the song live in front of the invited guests.

On Monday night Ben had a recording session in London sponsored by Courtney Green estate agents and Covers Timber and Builder Merchants - both supporters of Horsham 100.

Readers will soon be able to purchase Horsham’s very own anthem on CD - as well as hear it on You Tube - with all proceeds going to Horsham 100.

At the special lunch on Monday, Peter and Jules presented Dame Vera with a cheque for £82,000 for the Trust.

And they pledged to continue the fundraising until the £100,000 total was achieved.

But they called on the whole district for one final big push to help raise the remaining £18,000.

Peter pledged to repeat PMW’s sponsored walk later this year.

Guest speakers at the lunch included Jules, Peter, Garry Mortimer-Cook, Gary Shipton Editor In Chief of the County Times, as well as students from the school Amy Carr, Matt Kimber, Alex Bland and Rhiannon Fitzgerald, who spoke of their charitable ventures over the past 12 months.

In a memorable finale to proceedings the Swingtime Sweethearts Annie Riley and Learna Castle sang a rousing version of We’ll Meet Again - with Dame Vera joining in from the front row before thanking everyone for their superb efforts.

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