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Tony Portelli
Chairman of Trustees

The Argus Appeal is chaired by Tony Portelli, managing director of The Argus. There are eight trustees - four senior members of The Argus daily newspaper and four external trustees from the local business community.Our Patron is Nicholas Owen, the TV broadcaster.

The Argus Appeal has an enormous role to play in our community because it supports such a wide range of causes and can act swiftly to help individuals, families, groups and other charities. Having organised many of our own charity events over the years we know how difficult fundraising can be and we value every one of our supporters and appreciate their efforts.

Nicholas Owen
Patron of The Argus Appeal

Nicholas Owen, a longstanding supporter of The Argus Appeal, became Patron in January 2007.

He said: “I have been involved with The Argus Appeal for several years now and have always been an enormous admirer of what it does.

"For the people it helps the appeal is absolutely vital so it gives me fantastic pleasure to be patron. I feel very honoured.”

The Argus Appeal's Objectives:

  • To give assistance to those in need throughout our community by providing funds for a variety of benefits and causes, in particular disadvantaged children, the elderly, the vulnerable, people with disabilities and any other person, group or charity considered by the trustees to be appropriate for a fund allocation which will make a difference.
  • Most of our funds are raised from sponsored events we hold. They include our very challenging annual three day cycle ride across the South Downs. For those who like to travel – it’s the five day cycle ride from Brighton to Paris. There are golf tournaments, charity dinners, outdoor fun, fireworks, Christmas concerts and the Santa Bus.
  • Hundreds of people take part and raise much needed funds through sponsorship.
  • Our aim is to raise a minimum of £200,000 each year – every penny of which will be well and wisely spent.
  • We could not continue to do the work we do without the on-going support of all those who volunteer, fundraise or sponsor our events.
  • We are grateful to everyone who works tirelessly on our behalf, our principal sponsors Legal & General and Newsquest Limited, publishers of The Argus.

Every Penny Helps

All monies donated to The Argus Appeal will help those in need in our community.

The Argus Appeal is our charity which has been working at the heart of our community for almost 55 years.

We pride ourselves on having supporters who trust the integrity of our work, the honesty with which we tell our stories and the decisions we make when allocating funds.

Choosing to support The Argus Appeal guarantees that every penny you raise will go towards those in real need in our community.