Street party donation in memory of former organiser

A Sompting street party brought neighbours together to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday.

Friday, 12th August 2016, 2:17 pm
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 1:20 am
Carol and Nick Ballinger visit Martin's sunflower at St Barnabas House hospice
Carol and Nick Ballinger visit Martin's sunflower at St Barnabas House hospice

Organisers Nick and Carol Ballinger, of Ambleside Road, used the opportunity to raise money for St Barnabas House hospice through a raffle, as they wanted to recognise the charitable work undertaken by the Queen during her reign.

A total of £77 was donated in memory of Martin Fiske, a close friend and neighbour for 30 years who died at the hospice on February 24, 2014.

Nick and Carol said: “Our neighbours Jenny and Martin always arranged our street parties and this is the first time we have had one without our good friend Martin.

Happy memories of the 2002 Ambleside Road street party, with Nick Ballinger, left, and Martin Fiske, second left

“Martin spent his final moments at St Barnabas House, where the care he received was exceptional. Our thanks go out to everyone at the hospice for all the help and support they provide, not just to the patients but to their family and friends as well.

“On the day of our party, the weather was not very kind to us. However, those of us who did attend had a fabulous evening and we are sure Martin attended in spirit.

“We hope this small amount of money helps. It’s not much but it comes with such heart-filled happiness from a grateful community.”

Emily Skiggs, marketing officer for St Barnabas House, said: “Our thanks go to Carol and Nick for this wonderful gesture and to all our supporters across the local community who raise much-needed funds and awareness for St Barnabas House throughout the year. Every little really does help.”

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