AN Eastbourne man has helped to set up a special fund to help people suffering in Ukraine.

Chris Brenchley is District Governor of Rotary for Kent and East Sussex – a position he holds for 12 months from July 2021 until the end of June 2022.

There are 72 clubs in the district, and Chris is urging them all to donate to his Fund.

Rotarians from the three Eastbourne clubs collected £2603 from collections in The Beacon, Langney Shopping Centre, Eastbourne Railway Station and Waitrose.

Chris said: “Being District Governor mean, in effect, being the Head of all 72 Rotary clubs locally.

“Rotary is an international organisation and our motto is Service Before Self. We support charities both home and abroad.

“The terrible atrocities seen in Ukraine have affected us all, and I personally wanted to do something to help.

“The Fund was set up within a few days, and the first £5,000 has already been sent out to help those who need it.

“We can guarantee that the money will be received within 48 hours of us sending it to the affected areas.

“The money is going to people on the Poland border, those in such terrible need.

“Rotary does some amazing work throughout the world, and Rotarians everywhere are now stepping up to help where we can.

“The response from clubs in Kent and East Sussex has been amazing, and I want to thank them all.

“Our committee is meeting weekly and the money will be spent on providing essentials for those who need it.”

For more details, email Chris at