Home-Start Arun, Worthing and Adur (AWA) Trustee and former Chairman, Arundel resident Pete Crowe has died.

It is with sadness we have to report that Home-Start Arun, Worthing and Adur (AWA) Trustee and former Chairman, Arundel resident Pete Crowe has died.

Pete Crowe joined the Home-Start Board of the family support charity in 2011 with a keen desire to make lives better for local families with young children. Under Pete’s leadership the charity’s turnover doubled in five years and more importantly, extended the services and number of families supported to an all time high of 222 families in 2019/20 and 450 children.

Pete was a vocal ambassador for Home-Start services across the Arun, Worthing and Adur region as he contributed to partnership meetings about improving services and supporting parents in their times of challenge. He listened intently to the parents he came into contact with about their individual family experiences and brought their stories to the board meetings.

Home-Start AWA Chief Executive Bridget Richardson said,

"Pete has been such a powerful and positive force for Home-Start. Always accessible to staff and trustees, he has been an incredible support for many years. He always made volunteers feel valued, welcomed and supported as he knew their worth to the scheme. We will miss him very much. I personally have worked with Pete for almost nine years and his presence will be noticeably missed daily."

Pete led the board with enthusiasm, regularly presented volunteers with their certificates as they completed their in-house training, was at the front of events for fundraising and talked to many about the work of the charity over his nine-year involvement. Pete was keen that the charity should always present a positive view of parents doing their best for their children, whilst struggling with challenges, often beyond their control. Pete saw the Charity through some significant fundraising events including: Abseil down the Bake House Tower at Arundel Castle, Dragon Boat Racing, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Vintage Evening, Arundel Castle Fashion Show, Fire Walks and many local events and a particular favourite being the Christmas Fair at Felpham Village Hall. Pete also oversaw the continued support from major funders including: National Lottery Community Fund, BBC Children in Need, the Henry Smith Foundation and The Roddick Foundation, transforming the sustainability of the charity.

Current Chairman of the Home-Start Board Vince Mewett said,

"Pete was a hard act to follow when I took the position of Chair in the summer of 2020. His guidance of the charity has made a significant difference to hundreds of families lives locally. I was supported into my role by Pete and his skills from a career in business came across to enable the charity to be a well-run and caring organisation for staff, volunteers and our supported families. We will miss him but, he has left an incredible legacy to be proud of."

Pete’s funeral, on 8th March will see donations, made via Reynolds Funeral Directors, used to support Home-Start’s continuing work with local children.