170 people from Brighton and surrounding areas, most dressed in striped jerseys, eye-patches, corsetry and other pirate regalia, descended with much swashing of buckles on the Smugglers Loft in Ship Street last Thursday night to shiver their timbers, glug the grog and raise mountains of doubloons on behalf of Whitehawk based The Crew Club. What brought them all together was social networking site Twitter, for the Brighton event, known as Brightwest, was part of the global fund-raising day Twestival. This was the fourth Brightwest held in the last three years.
Door tickets, fancy dress and games - including a live, human Pop-up Pirate and a Dead Man’s Chest twombola – raised just under £3,600 for The Crew Club. Some donations are still trickling in and the final total will be presented to The Crew Club at a formal handover ceremony in the next couple of weeks.
But more than this, Brighton businesses and media professionals have also so far pledged approximately £10,000 worth of business support, training and mentoring for the Crew Club and its members, with more to come, making this by far the most generous Brightwest yet and one of the most successful Twestival events across the globe.
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