A small community action group is locked in a bidding war with wealthy private investors, and have turned to the Internet for help in their struggle. Friends of Hastings Pier (FOHP) were given a short deadline to prove to the Administrators of Hastings Pier Charity that they can keep operations running for two years (approximates to £1 million in expenses), so launched a crowdfunding page over the weekend in the hope to raise half a million pounds from individual donations and half from other funders. In just over 72 hours, they have managed to raise over £30,000 from 215 donations.

“The people of Hastings worked hard to raise over £14.2 million to rebuild the Pier, after it burned down in 2010, we think they should keep it.” explained James Chang, Spokesperson for the group. “We have put together a 21st Century business plan with a bold and dynamic entertainment programme for the Pier; very much a new take on an old tradition. With an exciting new building by our award-winning architect, this will sustain the Pier into the future. But we need cash now to make this a reality. That’s why we are asking everyone, local businesses and residents, as well as national companies and donors to help us keep this iconic Pier unique and community-owned.”

Donations can be made at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/fohp2018

For further information, please contact: James Chang on 07976288575 or email FriendsofHastingsPier@gmail.com