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£900 raised after “Love Your Charity” night for Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre

Mayor of Crawley Carlos Castro and his wife Katia Castro joined supporters of the Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre for a fundraising evening at Hispalis Spanish restaurant in Crawley.



Crawley Mayor Carlos Castro attended with his wife at the charity event hosted by Yashar Koksal.

Guests enjoyed the chance to catch up with friends old and new over a delicious meal.

After dinner Alyson Smith, the Olive Tree Fundraising Manager, wielded her trusty gavel during an auction, encouraging everyone to bid high for some great prizes which included tours of the Bolney Wine Estate, passes to No.1 Airport Lounges, AC/DC memorabilia signed by drummer Chris Slade and a magnum of Prosecco kindly donated by Yashar Koksal, the owner of Hispalis restaurant.

Once the auction was completed, more excitement and anticipation were generated by the raffle which was ably run by Alyson and her daughter Ellen. 

The evening was greatly enjoyed by all present and approximately £900 was raised, all of which will go towards helping the Olive Tree team to continue supporting local people affected by cancer.

A spokesperson from Olive Tree Cancer Support said:

“Congratulations to Alyson and fundraising team, particularly Rebecca Dorkins and a huge thank you to Yashar for providing such an excellent venue, to Carlos and Katia for fitting the event into their busy schedule and to all of our guests.”


Crawley brothers walk 28 miles with friends for charity after mum passes away

The brothers wanted to raise money for those who that helped them the most after their mothers passsing



Last Saturday, 16th Feb, Liam and Daniel Ascough along with eight of their friends walked the 28 miles from Horley to the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford.

The aim was to raise money for St Catherine’s Hospice and The Royal Charity.

Back in January their mother Susan passed away after a 15 month battle with pancreatic cancer.

She had worked as Crawley MP Henry Smith’s case worker.

As a way of thanking the charities that had helped the most, the brothers decided they had to do something special.

And so them embarked on the journey their mother had made many times on her way to and from treatment, but this time on foot.

The walk has so far raised £3,790 and now Daniel is planning on running the London marathon and the 100km London to Brighton run in May to raise even more money for St Catherine’s.

You can read more about Sue and the fantastic work her sons are doing at their crowd funding page here.

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