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Crawley’s rising sports stars encouraged to apply for sponsorship through scheme

The scheme helps local athletes by offering them access to high-quality training facilities, financial support and expert advice.

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Up-and-coming athletes in Crawley are being given the opportunity to receive funding from a local sports provider as part of its talent development programme.

Everyone Active, who will be taking over management of the leisure provision in Crawley in partnership with Crawley Borough Council, is calling for aspiring sports stars to apply for funding and support as part of its Sporting Champions scheme.

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The scheme helps local athletes to achieve their sporting potential by offering them access to high-quality training facilities, financial support and expert advice. From grass roots athletes through to Olympic medallists, it has already aided more than 800 people on their sporting journeys.

Successful candidates will be awarded with bronze, silver or gold sponsorship packages. All athletes are provided with free access to Everyone Active’s centres across the country, and those on the higher tiers can also receive a sponsorship grant of up to £5,000 to help towards their training and competition costs.

Athletes on the scheme are also given exclusive opportunities to join mentoring sessions led by some of Britain’s most influential sports stars. Over the last year, scheme ambassador and Olympic medallist, Colin Jackson CBE, has hosted a number of mentoring days offering advice on topics including nutrition, money management and mental wellbeing. Alongside some of the country’s best athletes, Colin plays an integral part in providing both one-to-one and group mentoring opportunities to the athletes.

Stuart Mills, contract manager at Everyone Active, said:

“Since we launched the scheme in 2016, we have invested over £500,000 in helping the next generation of sports stars to achieve both national and international success.

“We are committed to offering support and funding for athletes from across Crawley and I would urge local athletes to apply for Everyone Active’s Sporting Champions scheme so that we can help them on their journey.”

Applications are now open and will close on 31 October 2018, and aspiring athletes are advised to email: sportingchampions@everyoneactive.com for an application form.

For more information about Everyone Active’s Sporting Champions scheme please visit www.easportingchampions.com

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Crawley woman among winning nurses at hospital awards

When the Queen Victoria Hospital asked its patients (past and present) to nominate staff they felt went the extra mile for them during their treatment or appointments, they were overwhelmed with the response.

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Pictured: Breast reconstruction nurse specialists Rebecca and Pam pictured receiving their award from Jo Thomas, Director of Nursing and Quality at Queen Victoria Hospital

The ask was for the hospital’s annual patient experience award, which this year generated over 50 nominations. Among the winners were Pam Golton from East Grinstead and Rebecca Spencer from Crawley – breast reconstruction nurse specialists at the hospital.

The duo received an amazing eight nominations from patients who commended Pam and Rebecca’s support during their reconstruction journey following breast cancer Queen Victoria Hospital is a leading centre for reconstructive breast surgery in the South East, performed either at the same time as a mastectomy or after all treatment has been completed. Pam and Rebecca are on hand to help patients throughout their journey and for however long their treatment takes.

Comments from the nominations included:

“All through my journey they have been amazing, going beyond the care and support I have ever experienced in any other NHS trust. They made me realise that I was normal and treated me as a friend.”

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“they are kind, caring, good listeners, totally dedicated, professional and give you good honest advice and reassurance if you are worried about anything. Above all they just want to ensure you’re ok. I can honestly say I am so lucky to have been referred to QVH and been given Pam and Rebecca as my breast reconstruction nurse specialists. I really don’t know how I would have coped without them.”

Their win was announced on the night of the annual QVH Staff Awards by a special film one of their patients, Linda, helped create, explaining in her own words why she was driven to nominate the duo. You can watch it now on YouTube:

Commenting on their award Pam said:

“I was really thrilled to find out I had been nominated for an award and it was even more special to find out we had won. Rebecca and I are very much a team and it is lovely to be recognised for what in essence is “just doing our job”, but what a job! Helping ladies navigate what could potentially be the most emotional time of their lives is a privilege and one that we both take very seriously. Having recognition in this way encourages us to continue to strive to improve our practice and continue to make a difference to those we care for”.

Rebecca continued:

“I was so delighted we won the outstanding patient experience award, what a wonderful surprise. It is lovely to hear how we have made a difference to the lives of patients, and humbling to see how much we are appreciated. Patients are the focus of everything we do and it is so lovely to be recognised. To hear that I have helped women through a really difficult time in their lives is really rewarding and it makes me feel very proud.”

Jo Thomas, Director of Nursing and Quality at Queen Victoria Hospital (QVH) explains why the awards are so important:

“We hope that every member of staff makes the experience of our patients a positive one. But we know some of our staff are extra special. Pam and Rebecca are both very deserving winners and we’d like to congratulate them both and all of our staff who were nominated – it’s a real testament to the positive impact our staff make when patients take the time to contact us.”

Queen Victoria Hospital would like to thank everyone who took time to nominate members of staff for the award and would encourage patients to continue passing on their feedback through its Patient Advice and Liaison service (PALS) by email at qvhpals@nhs.net, or its Facebook and Twitter channels.

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