3 March 2017

As a Trust Port Shoreham Port donates to and supports many local charities each year. In January the Port received a request from The Friday Club based on Shoreham Beach for assistance with their members transport costs. The Port were delighted to offer a donation to the club, especially with it being based so close to the Port and a scheme that has such a positive impact on the community.

Judy Bradshaw from The Friday Club commented “Surprisingly Shoreham Beach can be quite an isolated place for some people, therefore The Friday Club was set up 25 years ago by Caroline Hansen to alleviate the sense of loneliness for the elderly, some frail and some housebound.

It offers friendship, fellowship and stimulation every Friday afternoon during term time. For a lot of the members it is the bright spot of the week, with some saying 'thank goodness it's Friday!' There are interesting speakers, presentations, quizzes, activities, social afternoons, outings and parties.”

The Friday Club currently has 35 members and their plans for 2017 include talks from Shoreham Port, the RNLI, Companion Dogs, the Prince's Trust, a performance by the Ukulele Band, an antiques valuation afternoon, plus outings to Springs Smoked Salmon, Swains Farm, Rushfields Garden Centre and Arundel Wildfowl Trust, all involving a cream tea!

Judy commented “The donation from Shoreham Port will help towards transport costs as the Yellow Community Bus is used to transport members and the fares are highly subsidised. The Committee was very reluctant to increase the fare and happily, thanks to the generosity of Shoreham Port there will be no increase.”

Katie Orchin, Marketing & Communications Executive at Shoreham Port commented “It was fantastic to hear about the activities held by The Friday Club. They organise a wonderful schedule of events throughout the year and it is clearly a very popular and well-loved club. We were very keen to offer our support and help with the transport costs knowing how important the club is to its members and the community.”