SOS (Save our Smugglers)

by Rottingdean Smugglers Limited

About the project


Tipping Point £1,000
Building our Community £3,000
Celebrating our Community £4,000
tipping point
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!
tipping point
25 hrs
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!

More about the project

What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?

The backbone of the Rottingdean Smugglers stems from a desire to bring the community together regardless of age, race or wealth.

We are keen to make people more aware of the outreach work we do with young people and elders.

Historically, a small number of people voluntarily organise this event and in these austere times sponsorship/funding is increasingly hard to find. Residents expect the event to happen but not all are aware of the work and funds needed for it to occur.

Can you give us some statistics on this problem?

We do not have a local youth centre and our event looks to provide a creative outlet for young people across 5 linked villages. The demographic across the village is very mixed from the older generation to young families. Rottingdean Coastal had the highest percentage of people aged 65 years or more (22.3%).

This year it will cost £20,000 to hold the event and beside the cost of providing fireworks we also have heightened Health and Safety requirements due to the size of the audience which last year was estimated at 5,000 people.

What is your solution?

To create a programme of free arts workshops for children, young people and the older generation.

To create opportunities for the community to support us in creating the event and in remembering the history of the village and surrounding coastal areas.

How will you deliver this?

The money raised will pay for community artists to visit care homes and schools in the local area to run workshops to create lanterns to be carried in the parade. We will also run drop in sessions at a local venue in the village. Alongside this money raised will secure the fireworks finale.


Get involved

Here are some great ways to get involved with the project and help out. If you have...
  • 2 minutes
    Please forward this link to as many friends as possible.
  • 5 minutes
    Please send this link via e-mail/text to as many people as possible
  • 15 minutes
    Assist in handing out lanterns to the children for the parade
  • 30 minutes
    Volunteer to collect donations on the night while the parade is happening or assist getting the children’s parade ready
  • A few hours
    Volunteer on the night to help steward the workshops, parade, and at the Memorial
  • Regular time commitment
    Volunteer to help with the workshops building the lanterns with families and the local community

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About the organisation

Vision and mission

To provide the local community of Rottingdean and surrounding area with a celebration of the rich heritage of Rottingdean's association with the smuggling and pirate activities over a 500 year period 1300-1800 through the organisation of winter and summer events.

Geographical coverage

Within local community (including local council)

Who do we help?

Any resident of Rottingdean or the surrounding are including Bonfire Societies are welcome to join as members who may attend general meetings as and when called.

How do we deliver this?

The organisation engages in fundraising through locally held events and encouragement of local businesses to participate and contribute financially. The organisation works with Local Authorities, Police, Fire Service and Health and Safety experts and endeavours to keep exposure to risk at a minimum.

Awards And Recognitions

A core group of young people will have the opportunity to complete a bronze Arts Award by volunteering on this project with a local Arts organisation. The Arts Award is a nationally recognised qualification in the Arts for children and young people. They will assist artists delivering lantern workshops and design and build their own creations to participate in the parade.