As an active philanthropist, Alastair has supported many local charities, heritage projects and social causes. He also helped spearhead a new era of big events in his home town of Bexhill, funding their development into some of the biggest events in the county.
Tree of Hope children’s charity
Alastair’s passion for local causes and helping those in need led him to become a Trustee of The Tree of Hope in 2008 and subsequently Chairman for 2 years from August 2012. In these roles he brought his experience of management and leadership to help the charity make key decisions with its growth into a national charity.
The Tree of Hope is a UK charity that offers hope to the families of seriously ill and disabled children in the UK who need specialist medical surgery, treatment and therapy in order to free them from suffering.
Bexhill Roaring 20s
The Bexhill Roaring 20s is 1066 Country’s biggest annual event. The first event took place in July 2014 and Alastair became its main supporter from the very start, working with organisers Roger Crouch and Fiona Hemsworth to fund the event and advise upon it. The Bexhill Roaring 20s has become an established community event, with local schools, dance groups and academies getting involved every year. In July 2015, Bexhill made history by breaking the Guinness world record for the largest Charleston dance.
Bexhill Motor Racing Heritage Trail
Alastair worked with Bexhill Chamber of Commerce and the Society of Bexhill Museums to help fund and produce the Bexhill Motor Racing Heritage Trail in 2012. Five full-colour display boards now appear in places around the town to commemorate Bexhill’s place in history as the Birthplace of British Motor Racing.
As someone who has always looked to promote the welfare of others, Alastair has donated money to a number of local charities. In 2016, as a parting goodbye to living in Bexhill, he generously presented cheques to the locally based Charity For Kids and Mallydams Wood RSPCA centre.