Avast ye, hearties! Saffery Champness held an afternoon of pirate storytelling in the park to celebrate their donation of a new oak tree bench to the Friends of Saumarez Park.
John Gaisford, a Living History actor and GADOC regular, entertained parents and children, while dressed as his well-loved character Pirate Black-Jack. The free event took place under the oak tree in the Saumarez Park Playground and was well attended by a variety of local rapscallions.
The Friends of Saumarez Park Playground Charity Chairman Zef Eisenberg said: “The bench is a very welcome addition to the playground and we’re very grateful for the donation. The storytelling afternoon was a wonderful success and we hope children and parents will continue enjoying the bench for many years to come.”
Saffery Champness, who donated the bench, has raised considerable funds through its partnership with various charitable causes.
Their most well-known event is the Saffery Rotary Walk which is one of the island’s largest fundraising events and has supported a number of charitable causes. Over the past 21 years a total of over £700,000 has been raised, with last year’s 20thanniversary walk raising a record-breaking £75,000 for 28 local charities and organisations.
Managing Director Nick Batiste said: “it’s really important to us that we support and celebrate local charities and community initiatives wherever we can. The bench in Saumarez Park Playground was a modest donation but we can see it benefitting everyone who goes to the park and it was highly rewarding to be able to help the Friends of Saumarez Park to put on a fun afternoon of pirate storytelling for local children.”