Safe in Sussex welcomes a new patron – Helen Hitchcock

Apr 4, 2022 | News


Safe in Sussex is delighted to announce that we have welcomed a new patron to our charity – Helen Hitchcock, owner of Sakala in Steyning. Helen has been a supporter of Safe in Sussex for over eight years, after a chance meeting with Deputy-CEO, Louise Gisbey. 

As well as being invited to visit Safe in Sussex projects to gain a deeper understanding of the important services provided, a Patron’s duties include lending credibility and support to the charity, attending events, championing the objectives of the charity, making public speeches, speaking to local media and hosting events to raise funds and awareness. 

As for the latter, Helen has already been a passionate driving force behind numerous events and fundraisers for the charity, including a skydive and a wing-walk – pulling people in with her infectious enthusiasm. With her professional background in fundraising and indomitable spirit, we couldn’t be more pleased to have Helen onboard in an official capacity as Patron to Safe in Sussex – who knows what wild adventures she’ll take us on next? 

Of her appointment, Helen says, “From day one the organisation felt like a perfect fit to my business, my ethics and lifestyle. Over the years we have done some fun events like fashion shows and tea parties, along with crazy stuff like wing-walking and skydiving. Next year, my passions will collide when I lead several teams of rickshaws on a 1100km rickshaw challenge from Goa to Mumbai – having lots of adventures along the way, I am sure! My next event for this year is ‘Murder most Fowl!’ – a murder mystery dinner evening, with all profits going to our Rickshaw Challenge fundraiser. I am proud to have been asked to take on this role. I am lucky enough never to have experienced domestic abuse, but the problems grow year on year. If I have helped spread the word about the work Safe in Sussex does and to have been a positive role model to others, then that is all I ask. 


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Safe In Sussex receives 14% of its funding from the government. The rest is through grants, fundraising events, donations, legacies and corporate sponsorship.

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