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Head Chef gets on his bike in memory of hotel manager

The 41-year-old Crawley resident is gearing up for the Hit the Downs off-road challenge , raising money for two great causes.

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Executive Head Chef of the Arora Hotel Gatwick/Crawley, Tony Staples, is getting on his bike for a good cause, and his team are right behind him!

The 41-year-old Crawley resident and father of two is gearing up for the Hit the Downs off-road challenge on Sunday, May 6. As well as raising money for Sussex charity, Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice, Tony’s fundraising efforts will go towards the Royal Marsden Hospital, in memory of Bruno Delrieux, who managed the Arora Hotel Gatwick/Crawley for over 10 years, until recently.

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“Bruno was a genuinely nice bloke and everyone in the hotel loved working for him and all miss him very much,” said Tony. “I wanted to do this bike challenge in his memory and no matter how tough the ride gets, I will keep going, as it will never be as hard as fighting cancer.”

The chef, who did his catering qualifications at Crawley College, has been in training for several months ready for the 60km ride, doing cage fit exercise, box fit, and regular weight training sessions in the hotel’s own gym, Inspire Fitness. Every day he rides his bike to work at the luxury hotel where he heads up a team of chefs, creating dishes for conferences, banquets, the Arora’s two bars and internet café, as well as The Grill, the town’s only AA-rosette restaurant.

Visit Tony’s JustGiving page on www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tony-staples2

The Arora Group, which manages and operates the hotel, will also be fundraising on behalf of the Royal Marsden Hospital and Macmillan Cancer Support later this year at its bi-annual Arora Ball event, held at InterContinental London – The O2.

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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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