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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.

November 2019

Chichester’s community coat rack appeal has returned to the city this year to give a helping hand to the less fortunate in our community. The coat rack is now in its fourth year and was set up by homeless charity the Four Streets Project in partnership with the Chichester Observer and Chichester City Council. Anyone who has a spare coat is encouraged to donate to the coat rack so that rough sleepers are able to take from to keep warm. Donna Ockenden, who founded the Four Streets Project, called the coat rack’s return an ‘amazing piece of community initiative’. “I think last year in particular was successful beyond anything we could have wished for. The people in Chichester were incredibly generous and our volunteers had some great conversations with local families who told them how much the community coat rack meant to them. The message remains very simple: If you have a spare coat, please bring it along and hang it on the rack. If you need a coat, please take one.”

July 2019

The Ockenden Cup has been presented at The Prebendal School and the recipient has expressed their thanks. ‘I was very pleased to win the Ockenden cup, thank you so much. Initially I didn’t realise it came with a cheque for £100 too!! We have raised over £4000 for CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) and we are very grateful for the massive extra donation! Thank you again on behalf of year 8’.

July 2019

The annual Ockenden Award for Charitable Endeavour at the junior school of Portsmouth High School for Girls has been announced. This years winner has worked tirelessly to support Lepra and the local Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice in West Sussex. Donations have been sent by Donna to both these charities in recognition of this work along with a beautiful 1930’s antique cup for the student.

July 2019

A Chichester primary school contacted Donna Ockenden in her role as founder of the Four Streets Project in order to help prepare vital supplies for members of Chichester’s homeless community. Staff at Midhurst C of E Primary School decided it was important to shed some light on members of society who live in different circumstances. Pupils collected items such as soaps and toothbrushes to create hygiene boxes for the homeless community. Donna said “It was really heart-warming that such young children made such a lot of effort to support some of the most vulnerable people in our city. They are a credit to their school, to their families and to their communities.”

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June 2019

Chichester businesses, members of the public and volunteers all work together every week to help look after the homeless in the city. The support Donna Ockenden and her charity have received has helped the Four Streets Project to grow. Companies including Fenwick’s Cafe in Priory Park Purchases Restaurant in North Street and LA Fish in The Hornet donate food to the charity. The staff at Q Hair and Beauty in Chichester have been rallying round to help the homeless by buying essential toiletries for them. Mayor of the city, Cllr Richard Plowman said: “The Chichester community is great. When a call for help comes out from a charity like the Four Street Project there is no hesitation and local shops have stepped forward immediately so many thanks from all of us”

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June 2019

The Four Streets Project in Chichester has recorded an increase in the number of homeless people being fed in the city. Donna Ockenden, Founder of the Four Streets Project, said “We never miss a night. We are a 365-days-a-year service and we believe in a service based on dignity, respect and compassion.
“Our volunteers come from all walks of life but they volunteer with Four Streets because they care about the homeless and want to help bring dignity and compassion to what otherwise would be an extremely difficult existence.”

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March 2019

Donna Ockenden is the Founder of Four Streets Project in Chichester and in a recent article in the Sussex Post she talks about being homeless herself and having the responsibility of her younger siblings. This experience means that Donna is especially keen to do what she can to assist those living on the streets of the city alongside a group of local volunteers.

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February 2019

Chichester’s Community Coat Rack has its final day for this winter. Donna Ockenden, the organiser, has been delighted with the success of this year’s project. It could not be done without everyone who has donated or helped out and so many people in need have benefitted from this initiative, which is in its third successful year.


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February 2019

Chichester residents who have had a significant effect on the city were recognised for their work at a city council ceremony. Donna Ockenden, who set up the Four Streets Project, which sees volunteers walk through the city speaking to and helping rough sleepers, was presented with an award. Receiving the award, Donna said she was ‘really pleased’ and continued with: “I think it is important to say that the award is for me personally but I consider it to be on behalf of the many volunteers who make up the Four Streets Project and of course we’d be nothing without the people we look after and care for in Chichester.”


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MAMA Academy

MAMA Academy was set up in 2012 to help more babies arrive safely, as the UK has one of the highest stillbirth rates in the developed world. MAMA Academy is positive about pregnancy and committed to raising awareness of what can be done to help save babies’ lives. Donna is delighted to be a trustee for MAMA Academy.

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Portsmouth High School

The annual Ockenden Award for Charitable Endeavour at the junior school of Portsmouth High School for Girls is announced each summer. The winner is a student who was judged to have made the most effort to support charitable causes in their time at the school. Donna makes a donation to the charity of the pupil’s choice and gives a small gift to the winner in recognition of their hard work along with a beautiful 1930’s antique cup.

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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 sixth 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.

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Grandand’s Front Room

Donna Ockenden and the Four Streets Project are now working with Grandad’s Front Room CIC (Community Interest Company) in Bognor Regis. Grandad’s Front Room was set up in 2016 and they have spent the last three years working to help tackle numerous social issues in the Bognor Regis area. The not for profit charity operates with the sole intention of helping others who need help, for free.

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Patron of Historic Royal Palaces

Through the role of Patron I support fundraising and awareness raising of the profile the six Royal Palaces play in the culture, heritage and history of the United Kingdom. Acting as a Patron of HRP is important in encouraging others to visit and appreciate the Palaces and the contribution they continue to make to contemporary life in the UK in the absence of Government funding.

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Brighton Pavilion

I am also a Patron of The Royal Pavilion in Brighton, a Grade I listed formal royal residence. I support fundraising and raising awareness of it’s profile to encourage investment and preservation for many years to come. It is so important to protect such a historically important building and to encourage people of all ages and from all over the world to enjoy the Pavilion.