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Crawley business raises £15,000 for RNIB with giant inflatable eyeball run

The Royal National Institute of Blind People recently received a financial boost of £15,000 thanks to the generosity of a Sussex-based business.

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RNIB’s Area Fundraising Manager South East, Natalie Hargreaves (in the grey dress) accepting the cheque from Karlie Holmes, Lucy Quaile and Hannah Charlton from Scope Ophthalmics.

Runners from Scope Ophthalmics, which is based in Crawley, carried a giant inflatable, ‘Roll Your Eyes’ eye ball over 50 miles during National Eye Health Week last September.

Scope Ophthalmics’ work relates to eye health and the business supported RNIB to highlight the impact of sight loss on people’s lives.

RNIB’s Area Fundraising Manager for the South East, Natalie Hargreaves said:

“We are absolutely thrilled to have received the support of Scope Ophthalmics and can’t thank the staff enough for their dedication and hard work in raising such a magnificent amount. This donation will help us to continue breaking down the barriers for people with sight loss and reach those who need us.”

Scope UK Operations Manager, Lucy Quaile said:

“This was our first big fundraising company-wide event, and what an event it turned out to be! The whole company really dug deep, and we couldn’t have been prouder to achieve the amazing results that we did. We chose to support the RNIB because of the amazing work they do for sight loss; we work extensively in this area, with patient welfare being at the forefront of the Scope ethos. It was an amazing opportunity to be able to contribute even further and we hope to continue doing so in the future.” 

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Leave your cars at home on June 20th urges Crawley Council

Crawley Borough Council is urging residents to support Clean Air Day and leave their cars at home on 20 June.

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Clean Air Day is an annual event that aims to encourage people across the country to choose a sustainable mode of travel and help reduce air pollution.

This year, the council is supporting the Sustainable Transport eVent on 19 June, to help local businesses discover opportunities to play their part in making Crawley air cleaner. The event will show companies how staff can take up different commuting options to reduce the number of cars on the road with only one person. There will also be showcases for electric vehicles and other sustainable working practices which can all help to reduce air pollution.

Air quality will also feature at the next annual Junior Citizen event, with the aim of supporting the next generation to walk, cycle, scoot and take public transport to help reduce pollution and keep fit and healthy.

For local residents, there are plenty of ways to reduce air pollution, both inside your home and outside:

  • Walk, cycle, scoot or run! In a car, you’re exposed to 10 times more pollution than as a pedestrian. This is because car exhaust fumes from the car in front gets sucked into the car, with air filters having little effect, meaning you breathe in lots more pollution
  • Air pollution is more concentrated around busier roads. Walking through parks or quieter pedestrianised areas can significantly reduce the amount of pollution you are exposed to and make a nicer journey
  • Regularly service your boiler; this will ensure fuel is burnt cleanly and prevent carbon dioxide from building up
  • Choose low-or no-chemical cleaning, DIY and personal care products, fragrance free cleaning products, roll on deodorants and “low VOC” paint products alternatives

Cabinet member for Environmental Services and Sustainability, Councillor Geraint Thomas, said:

“Air pollution is a big health and environmental issue, but there are things that we can all do to make ourselves and others safer and healthier. Whether you leave the car at home once or twice a week, switch to an electric vehicle or public transport or make changes to the products you use, it all makes a difference.

“It’s important that we tackle the issue of air pollution together on Clean Air Day, so we can breathe cleaner air in the future.”

The Sustainable Transport eVent on 19 June is part of the Sussex ECO Grant Scheme which also offers financial assistance for businesses working towards energy saving schemes.

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