Applications are now open for The People’s Charity at this year’s Airbourne: Eastbourne International Airshow, giving one local good cause the chance to benefit from a share of the donations at the event.

The free international airshow returns from 15 – 18 August for its 30th anniversary and as in previous years, local charities will take a share of the money raised during bucket collections throughout the four-day event.  Each charity is selected by local Rotary Clubs, while the People’s Charity is chosen by a public vote.

With more than £100,000 donated to beneficiaries since 2012, the chosen charity will benefit from not only a share of the donations, but also the promise of increased public profile amongst the vast Airbourne audience.

Local charities can apply now for consideration, and charity supporters can also join in by tagging their favourite charity or good cause on social media too.  All applications must be received by 26 February, after which applications will be shortlisted and opened up to a public vote.

Last year Air Ambulance Charity Kent Surrey and Sussex (KSS) was the people’s choice after thousands voted for the charity, with their volunteers helping to collect money in the airshow bucket collections each day.

The two other charities to benefit from the generosity of Airbourne visitors last year included Eastbourne Citadel Salvation Army and Eastbourne Dementia Action Alliance, each receiving £2,696.45.

Councillor Margaret Bannister, Eastbourne Borough Council’s Lead Member for Tourism, Leisure, Accessibility & Community Safety, said, “The People’s Charity was introduced in 2018 to provide additional support to our bucket collectors and to enable Airbourne fans to have a voice in who should benefit from visitor’s kind donations.

“The response to the vote last year was incredible, and we look forward to showcasing the fantastic work of another local good cause at this year’s show, as well as encouraging visitors to donate and keep Airbourne soaring.”

The Airbourne bucket collection in 2024 is organised by Hailsham Rotary Club with collectors out and about across the town over all four days of the show.

Organisers are looking for charities with strong volunteer support to assist in the bucket collections.  In addition to receiving a share of the Airbourne donations, the chosen charity will also receive a huge boost in profile across the Airbourne audience with promotion through the official Airbourne souvenir programme, airshow website, social media, as well as across the air waves via the PA system and Radio Airbourne. 

Charities can apply now by downloading and completing the application form at  Applications must be received by 26 February.

A shortlist of applicants will be announced in March with a public vote to select The People’s Charity 2024.

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