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Councillors help charity for deaf and hard of hearing

Chair of the trustees Virginia La Croisette and volunteer Mitch Mitchell, performing hearing aid maintenance at the centre in Upperton Road
Chair of the trustees Virginia :eft to right: La Croisette and volunteer Mitch Mitchell, performing hearing aid maintenance at the centre in Upperton Road

Upperton, Old Town and Sovereign ward councillors are supporting an Eastbourne-based charity to provide a mobile outreach service for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

They have donated a total of £1,150 to East Sussex Hearing towards a new gazebo that will be used at locations around the county so that people who have limited access to transport can use the charity's full range of services.

The centre in Upperton Road helps more than 11,000 people a year with services such as hearing aid maintenance, equipment advice, lip and sign language lessons and support to combat social isolation.

Councillors awarded the money from Eastbourne Borough Council's Devolved Budget scheme.

Also to benefit from the scheme is an ongoing project to rewild the churchyard at St Mary's in Church Street.

Old Town and Upperton ward councillors each contributed £400 to the project which encourages wildflower growth, protects the already declining population of swifts and improves the biodiversity of insects and bats.

In Devonshire ward, councillors have approved an application for £350 to support Eastbourne Pride 2021 which takes place in Princes Park on Saturday, August 7.

Meanwhile Ratton councillors have granted £2,000 for eight new trees in Halland Close and Stanmer Drive.

Old Town Community Centre has been given £450 by ward councillors to improve facilities and put in place Covid safety measures.

And Sovereign ward councillors have provided £250 to help fund new road signs around Kings Park estate.

Photo (L to R): Chair of the trustees Virginia La Croisette and volunteer Mitch Mitchell, performing hearing aid maintenance at the centre in Upperton Road