The money was raised at the two hugely successful Burns Nights in January, which were organised by Bill and Alana Cuthbertson. Former Scottish Rugby International and Seaford Rugby Coach Bill said: “We are very fortunate at Seaford to be able to support local charities. When I suggested to the staff that we should support Petworth Cottage Hospital, they were delighted. The Hospital does outstanding work and we are delighted to help them.”
Chris Hubbard, Chairman of Trustees at Petworth Cottage Hospital, expressed his gratitude to staff, pupils and parents at Seaford College: “Thank you immensely, this is wonderful. It really puts the cream on the cake for residents at the Petworth Cottage Hospital.”
Bill and Alana Cuthbertson have organised sixteen Burns Nights over fourteen years at Seaford College. This year’s event featured Callum Armstrong, a piper who appeared in Steven Spielberg’s film War Horse, a performance by the Seaford College Choir, and a solo by award-wining violinist Jeanine Thorpe. Each year the haggis is flown down from Edinburgh, and diners have been entertained variously by drummers, a harpist, Highland music, alongside a five-course meal.
Bill said: “Burns Nights have always been full houses. It is great to see people relaxing and enjoying themselves, eating traditional food and listening to traditional music. I would like to offer a very large vote of thanks to all those who have spoken at the dinners, to the parents who have supported the event, and to the kitchen who put all the stops out to make the event such a success.”
Headmaster John Green is passionate about his school making a difference in the local community: “Our students are extremely fortunate to study and live in such a beautiful part of the country; it is only right they give something back. Furthermore, I would like to thank the parents who attended the Burns Nights and made both evenings so special. I would also like to thank Bill and Alana Cuthbertson who continue to organise the event so incredibly well.”