Wedding bells at charity street party

Picture credited to Photography Fairy

Picture credited to Photography Fairy

A street party organised by residents in Haywards Heath has raised over £1,400 for Rockinghorse.

Neighbours living in Gordon Road teamed together to organise the fundraising event earlier this month (Saturday 16 July), which saw residents young and old, enjoy some good old-fashioned community spirit.

Two residents added to the excitement of the day by choosing to hold their wedding reception at the street party, celebrating with fellow neighbours and guests as everyone partied in the street. The blushing bride, Jane, was wheeled up the street by her husband, Dave, in a wheelbarrow which was decorated with tin cans and banners for the new Mr and Mrs Sharpe.

Gordon Road in Haywards Heath is renowned for having a great sense of community and hosting regular street parties that raise money for charity. The entire road was dressed in bunting and closed to traffic for the event. Neighbours joined forces to set up tables and chairs lining the street, while live music played and kids had fun.

Fundraising activities included stalls set up by children, and a large charity raffle was held with over 45 prizes donated by local businesses. As the sun shone, a BBQ and refreshments kept everyone fed and watered, while residents shared sweet and savoury dishes on the food table. It was a fantastic, fun-filled day and Gordon Road residents would like to encourage more streets to follow in their example.

Party-goer Satoyo, who until recently lived in the road, said: “Rockinghorse Children’s Charity is really important in our life, as they have been able to support our family in relation to our profoundly disabled child. It was nice to see our old friends and neighbours on Gordon Road, and we felt humbled that it was a charity that directly benefits our family, that people were raising money for.”

Rockinghorse is best known for its work supporting the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital and the Trevor Mann Baby Unit in Brighton, as well as the Special Care Baby Unit in Haywards Heath. We aim to make life better for sick children across the county, and provide hope to families in challenging times. To find out more about our work, please click here.

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