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Crawley kids pedal their way to top spots

A total of 7,066 bike or scooter journeys were recorded by school children, parents or teachers in Crawley during the Big Pedal 2018.

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The Sustrans Big Pedal has come to an end this year with a staggering amount of local children having used their bikes and scooters for trips to school.

Nationally 1,608 schools registered and 513,443 pupils took part, resulting in a total of 989,414 recorded journeys.

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In Crawley a total of 7,066 bike or scooter journeys were recorded by school children, parents or teachers during the Big Pedal 2018.

The winning school in Crawley this year was Waterfield Primary, with more than 57 per cent of pupils cycling or scooting into school over the course of the Big Pedal. They have been historically consistent and attained 22nd position nationally. For their efforts they received a £400 voucher from Decathlon Sports.

Forge Wood Primary School were awarded second place and a £300 Decathlon voucher for pulling out all the stops with events like their “Bike It Breakfast”, that encouraged more than 78 per cent of pupils to cycle or scoot to school. For this they attained 14th position in the “Small Primary Schools” category nationally.

Langley Green Primary came in third place, winning a £200 Decathlon voucher after undertaking 1,277 journeys by bike or scooter over the two week period!

Cabinet Member for Environmental Services and Sustainability, Councillor Geraint Thomas, said:

“Hats off to everyone who took part in the Big Pedal this year. I hope that the legacy lives on in your school and that you continue to see loads of bicycles and scooters at your school. Remember to keep pedalling and scooting!”

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Crawley School raises an incredible £13,250 for local charity

Oriel High School students raised the huge sum through a charity walk.

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Oriel High School students chose The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre which is attached to Crawley Hospital as their chosen charity for their sponsored walk this year.

The students managed to raise an astounding £13,250.

Alyson Smith, Fundraising manager for Olive Tree Cancer Support was presented with a cheque with more money still coming in.

Alyson said:

“As a small charity this is such amazing news to us. The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre is a small, independent charity based in Crawley which has provided free support, advice, friendship and therapies to thousands of people in the local area and is a hugely valuable and much appreciated resource.

The Olive Tree, which began as a small cancer support group over 21 years ago in Crawley, provides a haven: somewhere to go and be with people who understand and can help. Our team of 85 volunteers offers free information, advice and therapeutic care to support all those affected by cancer from the point of diagnosis, through treatment and beyond. The Olive Tree supports the friends, families and carers as well as the individual experiencing cancer.”

The charity offer complementary and emotional support therapies. They say the complementary therapies can help to reduce stress, alleviate the side effects of cancer treatments and enhance feelings of well-being. They also offer acupuncture, aromatherapy, massage, reflexology, craniosacral therapy and Reiki.

Their emotional support is offered through counselling, art counselling, coaching, hypnotherapy and mindfulness workshops and they also run several support groups, which provide an informal environment for people to come together and support.

The charity also point out that their range of services is continually evolving and currently includes yoga, singing workshops, and a wig scheme.

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