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Community projects awarded a further £100k in grants from Gatwick’s Foundation Fund

80 organisations and more than 46,000 people have benefited from the grants to date. The 21 projects that have been awarded in the latest round of grants cover Sussex, Surrey and Kent.

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London Gatwick has announced the latest round of grants from the Gatwick Foundation Fund with a further £100,000 awarded to 21 deserving projects across Sussex, Surrey and Kent.

The grants are expected to benefit up to 7,500 people and the diverse range of projects in the latest round include:

Head2Head Theatre based in Ashtead, Surrey – a theatre company providing interactive experiences for people with disabilities
Mid Sussex Active, based in Burgess Hill, Sussex – a ‘Get Active’ project providing girls in Mid Sussex schools with the chance to take part in physical activity sessions they wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to engage with
Nova Children’s Project, based in Tonbridge, Kent – a community crowdfunding project providing holiday breaks and weekend clubs for young people with disabilities

Currently, 80 organisations and more than 46,000 people have benefited from the grants and reported improvements in the services they provide, which cover four main areas: Employment, training and skills; Families; Widening horizons and Elderly people.

“Each of the selected organisations do incredible work in the local communities

The annual £300,000 fund is awarded in three rounds of grants across the year in partnership with the Community Foundations for Kent, Surrey and Sussex, which bring forward shortlisted applications for funding. The grants are evenly distributed across projects in each of the counties, which receive £100,000 each. Gatwick employees also support projects close to their heart through volunteering.

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Gatwick Airport’s Head of Community Engagement, Alison Addy, said:

“We are delighted to once again be awarding grants from our Foundation Fund to community projects across Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

“Each of the selected organisations do incredible work in the local communities and it is an important part of the airport’s community engagement strategy to support them with this vital investment.”

Area Education Manager, Malcolm Richmond, said:

“This funding will allow the Workers’ Educational Association to support older people at risk of social isolation to attend a range of activities in their local area where they will meet people of a similar age and interests. We will run a programme of courses and provide encouragement and practical assistance so they can attend.

“With the support of the Gatwick Foundation Fund they will now be able to benefit from increased social interaction with other students through attending classes and learning their chosen subject”.

Full-time volunteer administrator for the Head2Head Theatre, Anni Rhodes-Steere, said:

“In order to engage with our audiences of children with disabilities and their families, we create walkabout, immersive, multi-sensory experiences. For the first time, and thanks to support from the Gatwick Foundation Fund, we were able to create professionally designed sets and props that really ‘set the scene’ for our adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s ‘Peter and Wendy’.

“These magical sets helped the audience to follow the storyline as everyone moved to each new setting. We are delighted with our new sets and very grateful to Gatwick for the support they have given us and the special needs community in which we work.”

Community Development Worker, Becca Lundberg, said:

“The Posh Club in Crawley provides sparkly, glamorous, warm hearted, weekly entertainment and social events specifically aimed at older people in their 70s, 80s and 90s who are sometimes lonely, a bit socially isolated or ‘don’t get out much’. The Club received a £2,000 grant from the Gatwick Foundation Fund last year towards its ongoing running costs.”

In the first round of grants of 2018, the 21 projects across Kent, Surrey and Sussex which have been awarded £100,000 include the following:

Sussex

Age UK East Grinstead and District

Family Support Work

Horsham Child Contact Centre

Rivers Learning Project Community

Christians Against Poverty – Crawley Debt Centre

Mid Sussex Active

Surrey

Dorking Nursery School and Dorking Rural Sure Start Children’s Centre

Fegans

Furnistore in East Surrey Limited

Head2Head Theatre

Reigate & Banstead Women’s Aid

Southwark Diocesan Welcare

Staywell

Tandridge Voluntary Action

The Compassionate Friends

Kent

Workers’ Educational Association

Friends of Holcot

Young at Heart Club

Compaid

West Kent Mind

Nova Children’s Project

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Two jailed after attempt to smuggle 8.5kgs of cocaine through Gatwick

“This was a deliberate, if unsophisticated attempt to smuggle dangerous Class A drugs into the UK”, says Chris Capel, Assistant Director of Border Force South.

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The drugs, which had been wrapped in plastic and hidden inside boxes marked ‘rum’, weighed approximately 8.5kgs.

Two men from Barbados are facing a total of 13 years in jail after pleading guilty to attempting to smuggle an estimated 8.5kgs of cocaine into the UK.

On 1 September, Border Force officers stopped 62-year-old Grantley Herbert Thompson, and 30-year-old Jamal Ricardo Walcott, in the customs channels at Gatwick Airport’s North Terminal. Both had arrived on a flight from Barbados.

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During a search of their baggage officers discovered a white powder, wrapped in green plastic, and hidden inside boxes marked rum. The powder was subsequently tested and gave a positive reaction to the field test for cocaine. The cocaine had an estimated street value of £535,000.

Chris Capel, Assistant Director of Border Force South said:

“This was a deliberate, if unsophisticated attempt to smuggle dangerous Class A drugs into the UK and I commend the Border Force officers whose work ensured that Thompson and Walcott are now behind bars.

“Illegal drugs have a significant impact on our society, being the root cause behind countless burglaries, thefts and robberies. They are also used as a commodity by organised criminals linked to violence and exploitation of the vulnerable.

“We continue to work with our colleagues from the National Crime Agency (NCA) to do all we can to stamp out this despicable trade and bring those responsible to justice.”

The case was referred to the NCA and Thompson and Walcott were charged with importation of a class A drug.

62-year-old Grantley Thompson.

On Thursday, 11 October the pair appeared at Croydon Crown Court where they admitted the smuggling attempt. Both were sentenced to six years and six months imprisonment immediately.

30-year-old Jamal Walcott.

The Government’s Serious Violence Strategy, which was launched in April, aims to combat the devastating impact drugs have on levels of serious violence.

It also highlights a strong link between drugs and serious violence and the related harm and exploitation from county lines. The Government has set out the action it will take to tackle this violent and exploitative criminal activity. The action of Border Force to stop drugs before they get into the country forms a key part of this work.

Border Force officers use hi-tech search equipment to combat immigration crime and detect banned and restricted goods that smugglers attempt to bring into the country.

Nationally, they use an array of search techniques including sniffer dogs, carbon dioxide detectors, heartbeat monitors and scanners – as well as visual searches – to find well-hidden stowaways, illegal drugs, firearms and tobacco which would otherwise end up causing harm to local people, businesses and communities.

Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to smuggling should call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or go to https://www.gov.uk/report-smuggling

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