Kathy Gore of Framfield was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s New Years Honours List for her services to charity and community across East Sussex.
Kathy, who is a chair of the Friends of Sussex Hospices also serves as a Deputy Lieutenant of East Sussex. She was recognised for more than two decades of charity work, writes Jacob White.
Her work raising funds for the hospice movement across the county began 20 years ago when a new Martlets Hospice was being built in Hove.
The hospice was to replace two homes which were being brought together but additional funds were required for the project to be completed.
A group of around a dozen volunteers including Kathy organised Christmas fares and over two years raised more than £6,000.
Kathy, who has been chair of the group since 2001 said: “The experience was so enjoyable and rewarding that we decided to carry on with our fund raising efforts.”
The Friends of Sussex Hospices support hospices treating both adults and children by raising funds for them and aims to increase awareness of the hospice movement.
In addition to being a chair of the Friends of Sussex Hospices and carrying out other charity work, Kathy is also a trustee of the Sussex Community Foundation.
This organisation, set up in 2006 by the Duke of Richmond, raises funds and allocates grants to local charities and community groups across East and West Sussex and Brighton and Hove.
Describing the Sussex Community Foundation, Kathy said; “It’s full of amazing people and does great work doing all the vetting and lots of due diligence.”
Kathy went on to say; “It supports and promotes philanthropy, the organisation can link up groups and individuals wanting to support others but they might not necessarily know how to.”
The charity work that Kathy has carried out was recognised when she received a letter from the Cabinet Office at the end of November explaining that she had been nominated for an OBE.
Kathy explained her shock upon opening the letter: “I had to read it about six times to believe it.”
Quick to acknowledge the contribution of others, she said; “A lot of people are behind this, all the support of friends and volunteers have made this possible.”
Reflecting on the award, Kathy added: “It’s an acknowledgement of the hospice movement and a testament to so many people, not just me but I cannot wait to go to the (Buckingham) Palace”.
Kathy is now planning a fund-raising event for the Friends of Sussex Hospices, called the Mad March Pub Quiz which is she hopes pubs across Sussex will get involved with.
As well as this, Kathy, is currently in training for this year’s London Marathon having already completed three in the past and one Brighton Marathon.
Here’s a story carried on UckfieldNews.com when she completed the London Marathon in 2013: London Marathon success for Framfield’s Kathy Gore.
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