Who we are

The Wyntercon charity is a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) registered in England and Wales.

We support and encourage those from underprivileged backgrounds to thrive within the creative sector and be part of their local community. We’re passionate about providing a platform for people to discover their skills and passions by giving them the confidence through the worlds of sci-fi & fantasy.

" It doesn't matter what world you come from, you're welcome in ours. "

Our Aims & Values

Our policies and procedures are designed to ensure personal accountability, responsibility, empathy and confidence. We recognise that this is an ongoing process, but are committed to a comfortable and safe environment for everyone who works at, attends or participates in Wyntercon CIO activities, or workshops.

  • Enabling social participation, Wyntercon CIO works hard to open doors to people experiencing social exclusion issues, and helps them to participate more actively in society.
  • Removing barriers of opportunity, Wyntercon CIO promotes equality for people who experience mental health issues, along with other forms of discrimination. We strive as an organisation to cultivate a sentiment in favour of equality and diversity.
  • Building Life skills, the workshops we deliver are designed to support the unique needs of disadvantaged individuals, and provide a positive environment to prepare them to work, socialise, and enjoy their lives.
  • Promoting the protection and preservation of the environment, we aim to educate people about waste reduction, recycling, environmentally conscious products and surplus.

We frequently partner with and support many local community and voluntary organisations, so they can reach a wider audience.
If you would like to work with us, please get in touch via email to info@wyntercon.org

The Annual Wyntercon Events

The annual Wyntercon events are a comic-con style fundraising showcase in aid of the charity. The events themselves are organised by the charity's wholly-owned trading subsidiary, Promethean Promotions Ltd.

The event's purpose is to raise funds for, and awareness of, the charity's activities and workshops that run throughout the year. Now regarded as one of the biggest family-friendly events of its type on the south coast, it has become part of the local calendar.

Our next event "Wyntercon X" will take place on Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th October 2023 at Eastbourne's Winter Garden and the exhibition halls in the adjacent Welcome Building.

This website will be relaunched in late 2022 with more details for Exhibitors, Sponsors and Visitors.

Meet the Team

We are lead by a small team who are community focused, outgoing individuals with a passion for creativity and creative expression.

Andy Kybett

Andy Kybett

FOUNDER & TRUSTEE (CHAIR)

An award-winning & altruistic entrepreneur with years of experience in the events industry. A confident team leader, Andy ensures that the ongoing projects and experiences the charity delivers, enrich, and enhance people’s lives. He is also a published author, avid gamer, husband & father.

Colm Sweet

Colm Sweet

Trustee

Colm is a Mathematician and seasoned event organiser. Over the last few years, he has set up a wide variety of projects in Worthing ranging from local independent Business Awards Evenings, Charity Music Gigs and Cash Mobs plus a Community Project called "Share the Warmth" that supports local homeless people. As a trustee, Colm is super excited to be able to help the charity grow and develop.

Verity Webb

Verity Webb

TRUSTEE

Verity is a Social Media content guru with six years of experience under her belt. Over the last five years, she has worked with a local community festival on social media and event planning. Having worked closely with the charity for over two years, Verity was excited to step up and take on a broader challenge to ensure the charity excels.

 Wyntercon Volunteers
Erica Kybett

Erica Kybett

VOLUNTEER

Erica is a technology & science technician at Bexhill High Academy. She is passionate about traditional skills building (such as sewing) and works tirelessly to ensure they are taught where possible. Married to Andy Kybett, she has been a key asset in the charity's journey & development.

Tina Spicer

Tina Spicer

VOLUNTEER

For the last twenty years Tina has been a successful market trader specialising in handmade jewellery. In her capacity as an historical event organiser, she brings all periods of history to life through re-enactments, whether a medieval banquet or the British Homefront!

Jan Mackley

Jan Mackley

VOLUNTEER

One half of UniPool Cosplay that create a variety of bespoke costumes, props, and characters from the world of comic books and genre film, attending multiple film, comic, steampunk and pop culture events throughout the UK. UniPool Cosplay manage and implement the annual Wyntercon cosplay competition.

David Gregory

David Gregory

VOLUNTEER

One half of UniPool Cosplay that create a variety of bespoke costumes, props, and characters from the world of comic books and genre film, attending multiple film, comic, steampunk and pop culture events throughout the UK. UniPool Cosplay manage and implement the annual Wyntercon cosplay competition.

Symon Leech

Symon Leech

Official artist in residence

Symon is a gifted Artist, Scientist and Teacher who hails from the northern wastes of England. He has been working with Wyntercon since the start of his art career and considers it his spiritual home.  He works closely with Wyntercon CIO and provides bespoke art for various projects. He will be very grateful if provided with tea and biscuits should you ever meet him (milk with 1 sugar please).

Lucie Clark

Lucie Clark

VOLUNTEER

An enthusiastic and creative soul. Lucie keeps herself busy dabbling in Social Media, marketing and maintaining websites as well as a variety of crafts including sewing, drawing, jewellery making and paper crafts.
She runs her own micro business making handmade Gothic & Alternative greeting cards and Wedding Stationery for those who like things a little different.

Tony Freebody

Tony Freebody

VOLUNTEER

Tony first moved to Eastbourne almost twenty years ago, he and his wife have brought up their family here. Tony works locally in the NHS and feels that protection of services for the largest town in East Sussex is vital for the wellbeing of all residents and the future prosperity of the town.

GingerSnap

GingerSnap

VOLUNTEER

GingerSnap has been Cosplaying for over 17 years. She uses her experience to inspire others by hosting an award winning cosplay accessibility and self confidence panel at schools and conventions throughout the UK.

Thea

Thea

VOLUNTEER

Thea has been wowing visitors to Wyntercon events with her incredible cosplays for the last few years. Ranging from Ewoks to Junk Ladies from Labyrinth, at 8 years old this confident young lady chooses and helps design the creations of her incredibly talented father Dugg Daynes

Danny Payea

Danny Payea

VOLUNTEER

Danny has a strong commercial, technical and operational background and has been working closely with the Trustees on the operational and administrative aspects of the charity since early 2020.

As we approach our tenth year, we would like to take an opportunity to thank everyone that has taken part in our fundraisers, workshops, and other events over the years. Without the support we receive, the Wyntercon charity would not be where it is today, and for that we are eternally grateful.

Get in Touch

Address
Wyntercon Charity
49 Gildredge Road,
Eastbourne
East Sussex
BN21 4RY