Our Chairman, Martyn Bell, became the Mayor of Chichester this May and we are thrilled to be recognised, along with Stonepillow, as one of his chosen charities for 2018/19.
Being one of his chosen charities is hugely beneficial and most welcome news for the gallery. The Oxmarket receives no funding at all and survives solely on its hire fees and small commission as well as much valued support from volunteers, the Board of Management and Trustees – all of whom give their time freely. Stonepillow is a charity close Martyn’s heart also, having been a trustee for 10 years.
A diary packed full of events coming up in aid of both charities has been confirmed and all funds raised from said events will be split 50/50 between the two. Oxmarket Trustee Cllr Clare Apel will run the mayor’s charities organisation.
The first event is a sponsored bike ride from John O’Groats to Chichester. Keen cyclists, Justin Bulpett, Cllr Apel’s son, and Malcolm Meaby, will be departing from John O’Groats on Tuesday August 21, and arriving in Chichester on Friday August 31. The ride has particular significance for Stonepillow – the lads will be cycling to the Palace of Scone to pay tribute to the original Stonepillow on which the charity’s name is based. Both charities are of course incredibly grateful for Justin and Malcolm taking on this challenge and would very much appreciate the support of our Friends and visitors. If you would like to support the event by making an online donation please visit SPONSORED BIKE RIDE.
Justin also plans to document the whole experience via his blog, hopefully he willbe in a fit enough state to update it (!), but you can follow their journey HERE.