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Crawley Bowls Club brave 120-foot-high Zip Wire for charity

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A group of members of the Crawley Downsman Bowls Club have raised over £900 – and counting – for military charity Blind Veterans UK as they took park in a nail-biting 120-foot-high Zip Wire Challenge from the top of its rehabilitation and training centre in Ovingdean.

Under the supervision of the Royal Marines, the members took part in the challenge on Sunday 12 May

Tony Ludbrook, 63 from Crawley and current Club Captain said of the experience that:

“We put all our faith in the Royal Marines and launched ourselves off the building and onto the zip wire – a fantastic feeling and over all too quickly!

“We have blind and visually impaired bowlers at our club, most of whom use the facilities at the Brighton centre so it seemed a natural thing to make Blind veterans UK charity of the year. When we got the opportunity to do this, we had quite a few people jump at the chance. It was a great day, great fun, great charity – the Downsman Bowlers had a super time”

Val Micklewright, 75 and from Crawley, is a member of the club with a personal association to the charity who took part in the challenge.

She said:

“It’s an amazing charity. The way they handle things for the visually impaired, it makes their lives worth living again and I can say that from personal experience with the help that they gave myself and my husband. I can never thank them enough so I’m very happy to be supporting them. We’re delighted by how much we’ve raised but hope to raise even more.”

To donate to Downsmans Bowls Club’s fundraiser visit their page at:

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/TonyLudbrook

The Zip Wire Challenge is just one of the ways to support Blind Veterans UK. You can find out more at https://www.blindveterans.org.uk/get-involved/

Find out more about Downsman Bowls Club by visiting: www.downsmanbowls.co.uk<http://www.downsmanbowls.co.uk>

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Crawley MP wears it pink for Breast Cancer Now

Henry Smith MP added a dash of pink to his usual attire in support of Breast Cancer Now’s Wear It Pink fundraiser, which takes place on Friday 18th October.

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Since launching in 2002, Wear It Pink has raised over £33 million to date. Henry is calling on Crawley residents to join him and sign up for Wear It Pink to help to make possible life-saving breast cancer research and life-changing support for those affected by the disease.

Henry said;

“Every year in the UK, around 55,000 women and around 350 men are given the devastating news that they have breast cancer.

“This is why I urge everyone in Crawley to take part in Breast Cancer Now’s Wear It Pink day on Friday 18th October. 

“The money raised by this wonderful event has such a huge impact, allowing Breast Cancer Now to fund vital research and support for those living with a diagnosis. I hope that everybody will Wear It Pink this October and support this very important cause.”

Anyone can take part in Wear It Pink. Some people will choose to hold a cake sale, while others will opt to organise a raffle and some will arrange a pink fancy dress day at their school or workplace. No matter how people chose to Wear It Pink, all the money raised will help to fund vital breast cancer research and support.

Baroness Morgan, Chief Executive of Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now, commented;

“Breast cancer still affects so many of us, and our goal as a charity is that by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live, and be supported to live well. The money raised from Wear It Pink is so crucial to helping us to fund vital breast cancer research and support for those affected by the disease.

“We hope that by wearing pink, Henry Smith MP will encourage more people to Wear It Pink on 18th October and help us to continue to fund vital breast cancer research and support.”

Joining Henry on the day were four Breast Cancer Now supporters who have been affected by breast cancer, including Kate, from Worthing, who was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer in 2015.

She said;

“When I was diagnosed my world turned up-side down. Secondary breast cancer means that it has spread to other parts of the body, making it incurable – but for me it’s treatable for some time. It’s truly incredible how breast cancer treatments have advanced over the years and it really gives me hope for the future.

“It is so important that we continue to raise money, so that nobody will lose their lives to this devastating disease in the future. This is why I’m calling for everyone to take a stand against breast cancer by taking part in Breast Cancer Now’s Wear It Pink on Friday 18th October. It’s a great way of raising vital funds for breast cancer research for the future, and care for those affected by the disease now.”

In April 2019, Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now merged to create the UK’s first comprehensive breast cancer charity, united around the shared ambition that by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live, and be supported to live well. Every Wear It Pink donation will help towards this goal.

Wear It Pink on 18th October and raise funds for breast cancer research and support. Visit www.wearitpink.org/mp to register and claim your free fundraising pack.

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