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Volunteers sleep rough in Queens Square for Crawley Open House

29 people slept outside to raise awareness of homelessness locally, and funds for Crawley Open House who try and do something about it.

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The voluntary rough sleepers with Crawley Mayor, Brian Quinn.

Last night (12 April) saw staff and volunteers from Crawley Open House brave the cold as they slept rough in Queens Square.

The group of 29 local people included staff and trustees from COH, as well as supporters from local companies, organisations and places of worship.

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They all came together to raise awareness about homelessness, and to raise funds for Crawley Open House which provides support and services for those suffering the effects of homelessness, unemployment, loneliness, discrimination, or other forms of social exclusion.

Crawley Mayor, Brian Quinn attended the event to ‘check up’ on the volunteers during the evening and local businesses offered their help.

The rough sleepers with Crawley Mayor, Brian Quinn.

The brand-new Arabica Coffee House, showed their support by offering tea and coffees on arrival and McDonalds were on hand to give the rough sleepers a well-needed breakfast in the morning.

Deputy director at Crawley Open House, Glenn Stubbs said:

“We were very pleased with how the event went. It was lovely to have the support from the community and so many people keen to develop their understanding of the issues homeless people face.”

Crawley Open House’s volunteers, all fast asleep.

Some of the team at Crawley Open House will be running the Gatwick half marathon, and people from other businesses will be running to help raise money, and awareness.

PCSO’s from Crawley Police attended the sleep out:

For more information about Crawley Open House, go to www.crawleyopenhouse.co.uk/

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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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