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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.



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.

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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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Free cancer course comes to Crawley

Living Well courses are free and empower people with cancer and their supporters to rediscover their joy of living.



Course Photo – Penny Brohn UK is hosting a free, two-day cancer support course.

A leading cancer charity is hosting a free support course in Crawley for people with cancer and their close supporter.

Penny Brohn UK’s two-day Living Well course takes place at the Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre, West Green Drive, on 17 and 24 November, from 10am to 5.30pm.

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The course addresses cancer’s physical and psychological impact and shows how healthy eating, exercise and relaxation can improve health and wellbeing, before, during and after medical treatment.

Penny Brohn UK Living Well regional partnership manager Supriya More said: “Cancer can be overwhelming, but many small things can add up to make a big difference to the way people cope as they prepare for, undergo or recover from treatment.

“Our Living Well helps people take back some control of their lives.”

A recent course attendee added:

“I highly recommend this to everyone with cancer and those supporting them.

“If anything, it was more valuable to my husband (I’m the one with cancer) – it gave him the opportunity to talk to others in the same situation.”

With over 39 years’ experience, Penny Brohn UK recognises that people with cancer need more than medicine.

Its Bristol Whole Life Approach provides integrated whole person cancer support that works alongside medical treatment to achieve the best health and wellbeing.

The approach explores areas such as diet, exercise, relationships and managing stress, through free residential and day courses, one-to-one therapies, groups and national helpline.

Living Well courses are free and empower people with cancer and their supporters to rediscover their joy of living.

Places are limited and first come, first served.

To book or for more information, call 0303 3000 118, email or visit

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