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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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From tragedy to charity – a brave mother’s act to honour her mum

Local mother starts charity after tragedy.

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Dad Alan; Son Jamie; Mum Caroline; Daughter Paige and Gayle Cassinos from County Mall during the fundraising for Hannah's Wings.

A local lady who was sadly bereaved by the death of her mother after she was brutally murdered in 2018 has made the brave move of turning a tragic event into a positive by launching a charity.

Caroline Snowling is setting up Hannah’s Wings in order to help victims bereaved by murder.

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She said: “I know from first hand experience the massive lack of emotional and financial support available from government. I intend to offer a platform via our charity and website that offers support, advice and financial contributions where possible.”

The charity is in partnership with a Christian Church who are offering their ministers to conduct funeral services for free if they come via Hannah’s Wings.

Caroline, along with her family, are in County Mall today (8 August), Friday 10 August and next Monday to Wednesday from 10am to 4.30pm, raising funds in aid of Hannah’s Wings.

They’re also promoting an event run for the charity too, which is being held at Fort Fun.

The VIP charity event at Eastbourne’s Fort Fun takes place on Wednesday 15 August from 6.30pm-9pm. The majority of the sales will go straight to Hannah’s Wings; admission includes the Splash Park, Teacup and Carousel Ride, Bouncy Pillow, Crazy Golf, Bouncy Slide, Sand Play, Imagination Role Play Village, Outdoor Jungle Gym, Ball Game Court and more.

Also available at an extra cost is face painting, balloon modelling, candy floss and a café.

Tickets can be purchased on Hannah’s Wings’ Facebook page or at one of the shopping centre stands. Message the Facebook page for more information.

Hannah’s Wings has a GoFundMe page, which contains links to the many national TV interviews booked to raise awareness about the charity.

Caroline said:

“We have a lot of National and local media interested including, BBC, ITV, Sky News, The Sun, The Irish Post just to name a few.

“Our website is in the making any support would be appreciated.”

Caroline adds: “We shall be fundraising in all different types of ways from fun days, raffles, race nights and more!”

Click here to go to Hannah’s Wings’ GoFundMe page.

Click here to go to Hannah’s Wings’ Facebook page.

Click here to go to Hannah’s Wings’ change.org petition.

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