The Eastbourne Sunshine Carnival happens on Bank Holiday weekend every year, with many across the town lining the seafront to watch the procession from Western Lawns to Princes Park.

Each year the procession gets more and more colourful - which was the theme of this year's carnival.

Carnival President, Stephen Lloyd MP said, 'This year's Carnival brings colour to our beautiful seafront.  This simple theme is ideal for our wonderful carnival as it gives children (and adults) of all ages the chance to inject a little colour on to the promenade.' 

We were proud to be part of this year's carnival with a group of patients, staff and volunteers, kindly organised by Maria Jenner, taking part in the procession. 

This year we had an extra special addition to our involvement with Sue Wyndham, St Wilfrid's Creative Arts Facilitator designing a banner for the group. The banner (below) was then painted and decorated with sequins by a wellbeing patient, Annette as part of one of her sessions with the hospice.

As a result of their hard work, St Wilfrid's Hospice was awarded a 'Highly Commended' rosette from Stephen Lloyd MP. 

'It was very enjoyable and our small group was definitely noticed thanks to the beautiful flag!' said group organiser Maria. 

'I would also like to thank Vin who not only gave up his Saturday but drove all the way from Crawley to drive the bus on the parade. And the granddaughter of one of our dedicated Health Care Assistants was an absolute star dancing all the way and attracting attention to our group.'

We would like to add a huge thank you to all who took part with St Wilfrid's Hospice as part of this year's Sunshine Carvival.

You all looked amazing!

We look forward to playing our part in the community in next year's event.