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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.

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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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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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 fifth 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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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