Whitehawk FC are delighted to host a Charity Market Fun Day in aid of Martlets Hospice this Sunday (29 October).

The purpose-built Martlets opened in 1997. The staff and services were formed from the merger of 3 separate charities: Coppercliff Hospice, Tarner and MacMillan Day Hospice; hence the 3 birds in the logo. A Martlet is a mythical heraldic bird which is thought to represent swallows. They are seen in the Sussex County crest and the Sussex County Cricket Club emblem. They are shown in flight with open wings and without feet, possibly because of the old belief that the swallow could never land. This reflects the Martlets ethos that we are perpetually in flight, never resting, always responding.

In 1997, the Martlets services consisted of 18 beds, with the Day Hospice opening 6 months later. Five years later the highly valuable Hospice at Home service was established and 10 years after opening they launched Martlets Care, a commercial domiciliary care company providing quality care in the home and also providing a sustainable income stream for the hospice.

Since opening, the Martlets has benefitted from three major grants (exceeding £1.2 million pounds) from NHS England. These funds have enabled them to ensure that they can adapt to meet the changing needs of their patients and their families through the refurbishment and extension of their facilities. Across the hospice services, over 25,000 local people have been cared for and/or supported since 1997.

The day will include several market stalls in addition to a tombola and food and drink, as well as plenty of things to do with your kids!

So come down to East Brighton Park on Sunday and support this great cause!