January sees the launch of our “Charity of the Year” whereby for every property sale that we make a donation will be given to the Salvation Army which is based a few yards down the road from our shop.
This charity was chosen for a number of reasons but, the main ones being it’s 128 year link with Eastbourne and the vast number of community services it offers.
The history of Eastbourne Citadel has been very well documented. It is a proud history about a group of early Salvationists and their struggle against a huge opposition from many local people in Eastbourne, led and orchestrated by the local council. Eventually, after several years the army established itself in the community and began to win over the public, both the poor and more well-to-do who became admirers of the work of the Salvation Army.
A major refurbishment of the Citadel took place during the nineties, thanks in large part, to a generous benefactor. This allowed for additional activities to be added to the corps programme.
Then the purchase of the building across the road, now known as “Rebourne Corner” enabled the already existing fine community work to be expanded in a huge way.
Nowadays the Salvation Army Serves the community is many ways and including some of the events and services listed below:-
Rebourne Corner – Helping the street homeless & vulnerable people in Eastbourne with everything from food, shower facilities, housing, support etc. In fact in the last 7 years over 83,000 people have received different acts of help and support. They offer an increasing range of help, services and activities such as a computer section, a job club, the rebourne allotment, haircuts etc, along with an out of hours emergency service.
Parent & Toddler Groups
Brownies & Guides Clubs
An Activity Group for People with disabilities
Clubs and Activities for people over 60 years of age including transport and meals
Run various charity shops throughout the town
For these reasons, we thought who better to offer financial support to, so we have made them our chosen charity for 2018.