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Local lady set to become ‘everyday superhero’ at disability sports event

The 21-year-old client at Neurokinex paralysis rehabilitation centre is training to complete the ‘Superhero Tri’ in August.

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(Left to right) Siblings Louis, Charles and Lara Curtis taking part in the Superhero Triathlon.

A client at Neurokinex paralysis rehabilitation centre based near Gatwick, is in training for the Superhero Tri on Saturday 18 August (2018) at Dorney Lake in Windsor, described as ‘the UK’s only disability sports series for the Everyday Superhero’.

21-year-old Lara Curtis, who was paralysed in a diving accident in July 2014 is competing as part of a team with her brothers Charles (age 23) and Louis (age 17).

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The Superhero Tri organisers welcome people of all ages with all disabilities and promise that any special equipment can be used, full support will be given and there are no cut-off times or limitations. As a Charitable Trust, Neurokinex is one of the event’s Charity Friends and is asking clients, their families and friends to take part in a solo attempt, with a ‘side-kick’ (in pairs) or as a team of three.

“I’m looking forward to this event as it has been created specifically to welcome people with disabilities,” says Lara who will be doing the push/run while Louis will do the swim section and Charles the cycling alongside her.

Lara continues:

“It has a really good community feel to it and they have paid great attention to the details to make it truly accessible. 

“Neurokinex has helped me so much since my accident and the Superhero Tri event is a great opportunity for me to give back by taking part and raising awareness for the charity.” 

The Superhero Tri gives participants a choice of three distances and three ways to complete the challenges – solo (Flying Solo), in pairs (Sidekick) or in a team of three (Team Up):

The Sprint Super Hero Tri distance is a 150m swim, 3k cycle and 1K run.

The Half Super Hero Tri distance is a 400m swim, 10k cycle and 2.5k run.

The Full Super Hero Tri distance is a 750m swim, 20k cycle and 5k run.

Neurokinex is seeking more individuals and teams to sign up alongside its clients, staff and friends to raise vital funds for the Trust and will provide places in the tri free of charge.  To find out more or to offer your support as a sidekick or team member, contact kate.thornton-jones@neurokinex.org.

To support Lara’s team and the Trust please visit www.justgiving.com/neurokinexcharitabletrust

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Labour council’s delight as Central Sussex College development progresses

The new development brings a promise of 98 council homes for Crawley residents.

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The hoardings have gone up at the Northgate Avenue development adjacent to Central Sussex College as a new block of council homes is delivered. Developers are now at work building the foundations for the new council homes which will be rented to new tenants on Crawley Borough Council’s waiting list.

When the flats are delivered in 2020 the Labour-run council will be able to offer 98 households a new home, the equivalent to wiping nearly 5% off the entire list of households currently on the housing waiting list.

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• The homes will be allocated to households on the waiting list in the priority bandings, and the council has a policy of a five year “local connection”, which means people living longer in the Borough, and their families, have a better chance of getting housed.

• The homes form part of ambitious plans by the Labour administration at Crawley Borough Council to deliver over a thousand new council homes for people across in the borough over the next few years.

Welcoming the progress made, Labour Cabinet Member for Housing Michael Jones (Bewbush) said:

“I am absolutely delighted that work is progressing on the new development at the Central Sussex College site.

“These will be high quality homes for people on our local housing register, and a big step forward in making a reality this Labour council’s ambition to deliver over a thousand new council homes for people here in the borough over the next few years. As with all developments it will take time for these to be built, with a finish date of approximately April 2020.

“There are over 2000 households currently on our waiting list. Homes like this will make all the difference, and the Labour leadership at Crawley Borough Council is determined to deliver the housing they need as much as we possibly can.”

Supporting Cllr Jones’ comments Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development Peter Smith (Lab, Ifield), whose portfolio includes responsibility for town centre development, added:

“This latest investment in Crawley’s town centre by our Labour run council shows our continuing commitment to invest in Crawley to provide homes for our people and jobs in our economy. Only a Labour run council has the ambition, vision and energy to do this on behalf of our residents and businesses.”

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