THE STORY OF S.C.O.T.C.H.
(SPOTTED COW ORGANISATION TO CREATE HELP)
S.C.O.T.C.H. was formed, as a fundraising group, in March 1980 after a discussion between Roger Paterson, Chris Shore and Anthony Booty. The object was to raise funds for local and nationl charities. A committee was formed by several pub regulars, who agrreed, over many pints to raise £1000 for a Guide Dog For The Blind. This was achieved during the first year and the dog was named SCOTCH. The proceeds were raised from raffles, barbecues, sand castle competition, treasure hunts and a cricket match. The first conker competition was held in October 1980. S.C.O.T.C.H. continued fundraising to provide two more guide dogs, Whiskey and Soda.
In 1981 S.C.O.T.C.H. was approached by a fundraising group, known as TEAM (the equal aid movement), to raise £1000 for Angmering School Hydrotherapy Unit. To undertake this project we hired Worthing Rugby Club for the first of three TEAM/SCOTCH disco barbecues. The first year of this popular event made a small profit. The second year's event made the target with about 500 people attending. For the third and final of these events the organisers set a target of £1000 for The Lavinia Norfork House in Worthing. After another success we were able fit out a room at the house for a blind person.
In addition to Guide Dogs For The Blind S.C.O.T.C.H. has been able to donate an electric wheelchair to Zachary Merton Hospital. S.C.O.T.C.H have been able to make donations to The Chanctonbury Playscheme, The Ferring Country Centre, Highdown School, The Mother Goose Playgroup in Angmering, The Chestnut Tree House Appeal and many small donations to local charities. In 2002 S.C.O.T.C.H. presented a cheque for £1,000 to St Margaret's School in Angmering. More recently cheques have been presented to William Older Playgroup (£550.00 in 2003) and to Ferring Country Centre (£550.00 for a special needs saddle in 2004). The Conker competition has donated over £14,000 to Chestnut Tree House since the year 2000
In summer 2004 S.C.O.T.C.H. held a Hog Roast at The Spotted Cow in aid of Chanctonbury Playscheme. The band Dead Grateful provided the music. This event has continued, 2010 being the 7th year of the event, Dead Grateful has provided the music on each occasion. In 2009 and 2010 Paul Mitchell's Fat Chance has played the opening set with both bands combining for the finale. The event was rebranded, in 20110, as Party at The Cow. The event continues to raise money for Chanctonbury Community Playscheme. For the last four years the proceeds have been shared between Canine Partners.
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