THE Petworth trio who set up a new charity in memory of much-loved Petworth man Martyn Dallyn, are already halfway to their first fundraising goal.
They want to raise enough money to provide a defibrillator in the town.
Martin Dallyn died unexpectedly on March 8, aged only 58.
His niece Samantha Harding and friends Mandy Lucking and Jules Arlette set up the Martin Dallyn Community Trust in his memory to fund community projects.
Their first scheme is to provide the life-saving machine for Petworth and they are already well on the way to raising the funds needed.
The Nutbourne 9K has pledged to give all funds raised at its event held on Saturday, (July 19) to the charity.
Mandy said: “I do not think there is going to be any problem in raising the funds. We are almost halfway there already.
“We have been busy selling raffle tickets and getting sponsorship money.
“Our raffle prizes were pretty impressive and all have been donated by local business that are supporting such a worthwhile local cause.
“Hennings donated a jeroboam of champagne,Cowdray Park donated golf vouchers, local pubs donated meal vouchers, we had massage vouchers, hampers and more.
“We were also been donated debenture tickets for the third day of the test match against India at The Oval in August.
“Also on the day, we auctioned afternoon tea for two at the House of Lords hosted by Lord Dholakia of Waltham Brooks. These are amazing and incredibly generous prizes.”
In addition to the impressive raffle, the Martyn Dallyn Community Trust will also have the race entry fees, donated by the Nutbourne 9k.
Martin was part of the team at The Badgers pub that hosts fundraising events so this is to become the base for the charity.
With a website and Facebook page on the way, the group aims to raise funds for worthy projects and causes in the community.
To help, email Mandy firstname.lastname@example.org