Charity angle to new networking meeting

A FOOTBALL club’s business networking event was not only an opportunity for businesses to get together but a valuable charity fundraiser.

Worthing Dynamos organised the lunch event at Food, in New Street, Worthing, last month, which saw 20 businesses from around the area meet.

It was the first time the club had held such a fundraiser, and it is hoped it will become a quarterly event.

As well as the networking, the businesses donated a total of £125 to Love Your Hospital, which serves Worthing, Southlands and St Richards hospitals.

Organiser Julian Church, Worthing Dynamos’ coach, said the event had proved to be a success.

He said: “We feel that this new lunch club is a unique way to network with many like minded businesses in the Sussex area and an excellent opportunity to get involved and support local grassroot sport through possible sponsorship and affiliated links to the club.”

Love Your Hospital’s head of charity operations, Lesley-Anne Lloyd, said she was thrilled by the donation.

She said: “After meals were paid for, £125 came to the charity, which is a fantastic amount in a lunchtime.

“The relationship between Love Your Hospital and Worthing Dynamos goes from strength to strength and the lunch club networking is just another way that they are supporting us.”

The event was attended by Worthing mayor Bob Smytherman, and organised in conjunction with Best of Worthing.

Lesley added: “It was a great networking event, with both sides winning, and Love Your Hospital coming out at full time with a fantastic donation to boot.”

Worthing Dynamos is a grassroots youth football club.

The networking event was also an opportunity to update the businesses on the club’s progress, and their five-year plan to increase its Football Association accreditation and coaching development.

Businesses who wish to attend the next event, in August, should contact Worthing Dynamos at

Alternatively, call Julian on 01903 533770.