The Oliver Curd Trust

Young Oliver Curd died in November 2007 having battled bravely against Ewing’s Sarcomo, a form of cancer. During his illness his parents, Richard and Sarah Curd, were supported by family and friends, by the Conquest and Royal Marsden Hospitals and by cancer charities.

Richard and Sarah, shown in our photograph with their son Joseph, formed The Oliver Curd Trust as a memorial to Oliver and to raise funds to support those charities that helped them in time of need and to provide a holiday home in Sussex for children who suffer from cancer and their parents and helpers. The cost of a suitable holiday home is about £30,000. To this capital cost must be added the running costs including site rental and service charges. The Trust has raised about £10,000 so there is some way to go.

Several fund-raising events have been entered this year by family and well-wishers seeking sponsorship to help the Trust. These include the recent Hastings Half Marathon.

The managers and staff of Jempsons/Budgens supermarkets at Hawkhurst, Rye and Battle asked Stephen and Andrew Jempson of Jempsons Superstore in Peasmarsh if they could stage a fund-raising event during the Easter weekend. The brothers readily agreed and the staff at Peasmarsh volunteered to help. Customers were invited to buy raffle tickets with the chance to win a giant Easter egg with bottles of Champagne as second and third prizes. The total raised reached £2,056.48p. The managers are shown in our picture with Richard, Sarah and Joseph.

Stephen and Andrew Jempson said that they were delighted that all the stores had participated and they were pleased that customers had responded with their customary generosity.

More information about the Trust can be found on www. or by telephoning Richard and Sarah on 01797 230329. Donations and all offers of help will be greatly appreciated.Jemson


Staff at Jempson’s Superstore presenting a cheque for over £2,000 raised by staff and customers at Peasmarsh, Rye, Battle and Hawkhurst branches.

“Rye’s Own” May 2008

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