Lewes Bonfire was back to form on November 5th, following a year’s break due to Covid. Alongside the historic parade and fireworks, there was also a dazzling display of generosity thanks to the efforts of South Street Bonfire Society (SSBS) who raised over £600 for HOMELINK.

Each year SSBS collects for three charities during the renowned annual event which this year included HOMELINK, Pippa’s Playground and the Railway Land.

‘First Pioneers’, Gill Short and Karen Sandford, collected for HOMELINK on the night. Resplendent in their mid-Georgian costumes, and armed with donation buckets (and digital card readers!) the ladies worked the parade crowds on the night to raise their impressive total. Gill, a South Street resident and SSBS stalwart, told us:

“We had fun with the crowd on the night and found that people were keen to donate when we told them about HOMELINK and its work locally to prevent homelessness.

“South Street Bonfire Society are delighted to have collected on behalf of HOMELINK and for such an important local service. We hope to raise even more next year!”

SBSS collection for HOMELINK – Karen Sandford with artist Grayson Perry

It’s estimated that between 25,000 and 30,000 people attended the event this year with all the bonfire societies collecting for charity on the night after their year-long efforts to fundraise for their respective displays.

Our special thanks go to South Street Bonfire Society for their support this year and to all the generous spectators – including artist Grayson Perry! – who took part and kindly donated.