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Charity Work

Donna is delighted to be involved with a number of charities which are important to her; supporting maternal and neonatal wellbeing, social inclusion and excellence in end of life care at home. Below is a summary of both up and coming and previous events she has actively participated in.

Recent charity activity

December 2017

The 2017 Chichester Observer Community Awards took place at the beginning of December and The Shirley Henry Award was won by Donna Ockenden. Donna was unable to make the night so members of the Four Streets Project collected it on her behalf and spoke about the work they do feeding Chichester’s homeless every night. The initiative was founded by Donna in January 2017 and every night at least two volunteers have been out in the city centre supporting those in need.

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November 2017

With more and more people now living on the streets of West Sussex volunteers and charity groups are seeking more helpers to join their endeavors. The local newspaper; Chichester Observer, talks to people who are homeless and the charities who are supporting them as much as they can.

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November 2017

A Chichester hairdressers has been asking its clients to kindly donate any spare warm clothing which will then be distributed by The Four Streets Project to the homeless. The staff will also join the volunteers in the evening on a rota basis to help deliver food, drink and blankets to those in need.

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November 2017

The Chichester Observer Community Awards 2017 will be announced at a ceremony on December 4th in West Sussex and Donna Ockenden is amongst the nominees for her work with The Four Streets Project. The initiative was only set up in January of this year and has been embraced by a team of compassionate volunteers to help the homeless.

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November 2017

Donna is delighted to relaunch the Community Coat Rack in Chichester as part of the Four Streets Project initiative. As founder, she says: ‘If you have a spare coat please leave one and if you need a new coat, please take one’. The new location is at the Council House in North Street and the rack is co-run with the Chichester Observer.

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September 2017

The Four Streets Project and Chichester Observer are planning to bring the Community Coat Rack this winter. They are seeking a shop within the four streets to have it outside their store.

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The Prebendal School Chichester

Donna is delighted to work in partnership with teachers at the school to present ‘The Ockenden Award for Charitable Endeavour’. The award is in its third year and rewards and supports the efforts of Year 8 pupils. The winner is a student who is judged to have made the most effort to support charitable causes in their time at the school. Donna provides a donation to the charity of the pupil’s choice and a small gift to the winner in recognition of their hard work along with the stunning 1930’s antique cup.

Thank you letter August 2017


Kate’s Home Nursing

A wonderful charity that offers palliative nursing care at home, Donna is delighted to sponsor the nurses choir to sing two songs at Kate’s Home Nursing Christmas Carol Concert 2016. The Charity was set up to nurse patients in their own home through the last stage of illness and to support their families. The rural locality reduces the ability of the larger national charities to help so Kate’s Home Nursing fills this gap in provision with its high quality ‘hospice at home’ care.




A charity founded in 1989 who provide a lifeline for homeless people with hubs, hostels and supported accommodation in Chichester, Bognor Regis and Littlehampton. Donna and her daughter manned a table at the Vintage and Very Nice Market held at the Chichester Assembly Rooms and raised £336.

Read the press release here


Chichester 5k Run 2015

A hugely attended fun run, enjoyed by so many and raising funds for the charity Tommy’s. Donna co-organised the event in Chichester and was thrilled with the turnout and support by all those who took part.

See 2015 photos here