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A massive £30,000 raised by taxi company for local charity

Gatwick’s on-site taxi company raises £30,000 for local charity partner.

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London Gatwick’s on-site taxi company, Gatwick Airport Cars, has raised £30,000 for the airport’s local charity partner St Catherine’s Hospice.

Airport Cars has supported the charity over the past five years and the total amount has been raised through donation boxes in the company’s crew room.

St Catherine’s Hospice is based in Crawley, West Sussex, and provides end-of-life care and support to terminally ill people and their families across Crawley, Horsham, East Surrey and Mid Sussex.

Last month Gatwick announced a new two year partnership with St Catherine’s Hospice, having already helped raise more than £113,000 for the charity since the airport first partnered it two years ago.

Gatwick Airport Cars Director, James Kemp, said:

“Airport Cars is delighted to support St Catherine’s Hospice on an ongoing basis. Our drivers raise money every day for this wonderful cause meaning that we can send a generous amount every month.”

St Catherine’s Hospice Head of Fundraising, Lucy Bowden, said:

“Thank you so much to everyone at Gatwick Airport Cars for your amazing support of St Catherine’s Hospice. You’ve raised a fantastic amount of money and we hope you are very proud of your commitment to your local community. We really look forward to working with you for many more years.”

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Alison’s new look after charity shave

After having her head shaved on Sunday (10 June), one Crawley woman is sporting a fresh look.

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A woman from Crawley has a new look after she donated all of her hair to the Little Princess Trust.

Alison Slade has raised just under £2,500. The money she raised will go to The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre.

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The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre is a local cancer support centre located by Crawley Hospital. They are the only centre in the area, serve Sussex and Surrey and are entirely run by volunteers. They offer counselling, complimentary therapies, support, advice and act as a key point of contact for cancer patients, their families, carers and children.

Alison decided to raise the money for the Crawley based support centre after her husband Graham was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2015.

Alison was required to have her hair washed 24 hours before the cut

Alison said:

“Our world changed.

“There’s nothing worse than watching someone you love suffering and not being able to do anything about it.

“These people kept me sane and supported me. I could turn up hating the world or be on my knees ready to give up. These people never judged me, patronized me or rolled their eyes. Always a warm welcome, the obligatory kettle went on and I’d leave feeling stronger.”

Alison’s ponytails – ready to donate to the Little Princess Trust.

Now, with a fresh look, Alison says:

“My head shave had a slight twist at the end. After the initial shave I went shaving foam and razor bald.”

Alison, sporting the Olive Tree logo, mid-cut

“I’m just overwhelmed by the support and generosity of everyone.

“Hardest thing is how strangers perceive me. A small child in a shop made the queue aware that I was bald. To which the mum replied ‘shhhh she’s a poorly lady’. Obviously I put her right.” 

Alison had her hair cut at Rock Paper Scissors in Ifield Green on Sunday (10 June) by Paul Newell, the co-owner.

You can still show Alison your support and donate via her JustGiving page.

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