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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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Crawley gets housing boost as council get £6.4m grant

Two major housing projects have been given a boost after Crawley Borough Council received final confirmation that it has been successful in applying for a government grant worth more than £6m.

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The £6.4m grant from Homes England’s Housing Infrastructure Fund will help unlock another 620 new homes in the town.

Telford Place in the town centre will receive £2m to bring forward development while £4.4m will go towards infrastructure that enables new homes to be built in Forge Wood, Crawley’s newest neighbourhood.

As part of the council’s housing development plans, key town centre site Telford Place will receive funding to provide an alternative access to the site, which had only supported up to 100 units. This additional access will enable more than 200 extra homes to be built.

The council announced in August that Clarion Housing Group had been selected as its preferred development partner to deliver 313 new homes. These will be a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments on the 1.85 acre site, which is currently used as a temporary car park.

Around half of the homes will be available for private sale, with the remainder consisting of shared ownership homes and 87 council homes charged at affordable rents.

Clarion held consultation events in October and November in the town centre, giving residents more information about the proposed development and answering their questions.

A planning application is expected to be submitted by the end of the year, with a view to starting on site early in 2019.

The £4,423,280 funding will be spent on an acoustic barrier and commercial building at Forge Wood, which will allow the development of 420 residential units, including 183 affordable units. These will be a part of the 1,900 residential units which make up the neighbourhood. Of these, 760 will be affordable units.

Councillor Michael Jones, Cabinet member for Housing at Crawley Borough Council, said:

“We are determined to provide as many new homes as we possibly can; this confirmation of funding is a major step towards 733 units being built. This will make it easier for us in our efforts to significantly reduce the numbers of households on our waiting list here in the borough.

“Our ambition is to deliver more than 1,000 new council homes for people in Crawley over the next few years and this funding is helping us towards that.”

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