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raised of £2,000 target by 7 supporters

Weʼre raising £2,000 to support Rotherfield and Mark Cross Bonfire Society - Raising funds for local causes and charities.


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Every year Rotherfield & Mark Cross Bonfire Society holds an event which is an age-old tradition in Sussex, which involves a fire-lit procession through the streets, made up of our society members, visiting societies, and drumming bands. The procession progresses through the streets to a huge bonfire and spectacular fireworks finale. The donations that are generated during our street collection at this event are divided between annually elected causes or charities. Between all societies in Sussex, on average £65,000 is raised for local causes per year. For more information about the bonfire tradition in Sussex, and the fascinating history that predates Guy Fawkes, please visit our website or by clicking on the link above.

The Committee fundraises all year round to ensure the event continues. Literally, a handful of people, raise in the region of £10,000 to enable the event in Rotherfield to take place. There are many elements within the event that the society fundraises for, everything from security, road closures, emergency fire and medical crews, insurance, bands, fireworks, toilets, safety clothing, kerosene, boards, and staples, to mention but a few.

I wanted to do something myself which could help to raise these funds and when I (Ed Paterson, Chairman) heard about the 100-mile hike across The South Downs, I thought perhaps this is a challenge I could possibly complete, and so it was decided, with a friend who is also walking for The Hospice In The Weald, that we will begin our journey on April 22nd 2023, weather depending. We are hoping to complete it in 6 days and will be camping along the way, which means carrying everything we need to stay dry and warm plus our food and essentials.

Not being a practiced long-distance walker as such, in fact, never having walked a long distance, this is going to be a real challenge and so we have started training. One thing is for sure, there are a lot of hills to climb.

You can follow us on our journey by watching the video blogs of our training walks and eventually the final hike and we hope you will donate generously to a cause that benefits so many in our community. The whole village turns out for our bonfire carnival, with visiting family members and friends and the place is buzzing. It is clear that everyone has a great time. This is your opportunity to give something back and be part of our treasured heritage. Please help by giving generously and I will do my best to walk 100 miles across The South Downs on consecutive days.

The money we are raise will go towards ensuring we have our own assigned fire and paramedic unit on site which will be dedicated to our event ensuring public safety throughout. Fire-Rescue are a charity who will supply their services to the society and in turn we will make a donation to the charity, meaning the money that you donate will filter back to a charitable cause that benefits not only our community, but others in surrounding areas.

Thank you for your support!

Part 2 - Rotherfield to Lewes Town Hall

Part 3 - Half The Battle

Part 4 - Solo Trekking In The Woods

Part 5 - Video Promotion Opportunity for Local Businesses

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    • The Bohanes

      The Bohanes

      Dec 27, 2022

      Always appreciate what you guys do !What a colourful, happy bunch of Rotherfielders you are!


    • Trish Baillie

      Trish Baillie

      Dec 25, 2022


    • Jenni T

      Jenni T

      Nov 28, 2022

      Well done, Ed. 'For Village and Society'.


    • Anonymous


      Nov 27, 2022


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      Nov 27, 2022


    • Liz and Bob

      Liz and Bob

      Oct 27, 2022

      Good luck Ed


    • Kim Paterson

      Kim Paterson

      Oct 23, 2022

      Well done husband! You can do this and will smash the 100 miles. Doing a great job with this fundraising challenge to help keep the tradition of Bonfire alive and well. X


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    Ed Paterson

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    Ed is the Chairman and Director of Rotherfield & Mark Cross Bonfire Society and has been on the Committee for the last 7 years. He is also Director and Owner of EP Gardening Services and Adventure Dog Productions.

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