Hastings Direct

Hastings Direct Charity Friendly Match for St Mary's School

3rd September 2010

Bexhill-based broker Hastings Direct will take on the Hastings United Supporters' Club in a charity friendly on Friday September 17th at 7.30pm.

The match is in aid of Bexhill special needs school, St Mary's. St Mary's School was established in Bexhill in 1946 and offers the highest possible standards as a non-maintained residential school for boys and girls who needed special care, therapies and education. Children come from across the UK to St Mary's which cares for and educates up to a maximum of 160 students aged between 7–19, all with speech, language and social communication difficulties and some with physical difficulties or complex medical needs.

Local residents and supporters are all welcome. Entry to the match costs £1.50 which includes a lucky programme draw. All monies raised will go to St Mary's — even the players have paid to play!

Gail Piling, CEO, St Mary's School: "We are delighted that St Mary's has been chosen as Hasting Direct's charity of the year. We have been really impressed by the positive relationship that is developing between us."

St Mary's School employs over 250 staff and Hastings Direct over 900 and is Bexhill's largest employer.

Gail Piling commented: "Together we are major employers in the Bexhill area and integral to the lives of many in the local community. The charity match is a marvellously fun way to raise much needed funds, but we are benefitting from the experience and support of Hastings Direct in so many ways."

Jay Wootten, head of the charity committee, Hastings Direct: "It is good to see so many people wanting to give their time to support our charity of the year. We are planning a good evening involving staff, the community and the children and staff from St Mary's. Please come along and get involved and help us make a difference."

For further information please contact Jay Wootten on 01424 739311 or email: jaywootten@hastingsdirect.com.

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