Golden Cross Equestrian Centre raises £500 for The Sussex Beacon with pole painting party

On August 27th, Golden Cross Equestrian Centre raised £500 for local HIV charity, The Sussex Beacon, by holding a ‘pole painting party’ where clients and supporters painted show jumps in exchange for charity donations.


Golden Cross is an established show venue, livery and competition stables located in East Sussex. Over 45 people attended the event where each show jump pole painted resulted in the Equestrian Centre making a £5 donation to The Sussex Beacon. Golden Cross is now planning further fundraising activities in the coming year, including a Charity Gala, and singalong movie nights in the arena.


Alex Osborn, Owner of Golden Cross Equestrian Centre said “I’ve been to The Sussex Beacon and seen first-hand the amazing work they do supporting people living with HIV. I wanted to help and a pole painting party seemed like a fantastic way to do that. We got our show jumps painted in a day, we had the opportunity to raise awareness of HIV and we got to write a big cheque to a very worthwhile charity – perfect!”


Simon Dowe, Chief Executive of The Sussex Beacon said, “We are so grateful to Alex at the Equestrian Centre and all the people who turned up on the day and got stuck in with the painting. All the money raised will go towards our vital work, supporting people living with HIV in Sussex. Community support like this is invaluable and we’re looking forward to the next fundraising event already!”


The Sussex Beacon provides specialist support and care to over 500 people living with HIV a year, offering both inpatient and outpatient services to improve health and promote independence. Those using the charity’s services may be facing serious HIV related illnesses, dealing with mental health issues or struggling to cope with the side effects of new drug regimes. Recently rated ‘outstanding’ by the independent health regulator, The Sussex Beacon provides first class care and support to those in need. To find out more visit

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