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Crawley MP commits to raising awareness of complex disabilities



Henry Smith, MP for Crawley, has committed to raising awareness about complex disabilities across the town after supporting an event organised by national disability charity, Sense.

He attended the ‘Say Hello to Sense’ event at Portcullis House, which was sponsored by Dr Lisa Cameron MP and Emma Hardy MP.

The event was held to raise awareness about different types of communication needs for people with complex disabilities.

At the event he learned greetings and how to sign his name in British Sign Language, as well as being given a label with his name printed in braille and information cards to take away.

He then spent time talking to disabled people with different communication needs and learnt more about Sense’s work to support people with complex disabilities.

Sense research has found that one of the biggest barriers to an inclusive society is communication with more than a quarter of non-disabled people saying they would actively avoid a conversation with a disabled person. As a result, many people with complex disabilities are socially isolated.

Sarah White, Head of Public Policy and Campaigns at Sense, said:

“We were delighted to welcome Henry Smith MP to our ‘Say Hello to Sense’ event and we appreciate his interest in raising awareness about different communication needs for people with complex disabilities. Everyone communicates differently and Sense believes that no one, no matter how complex their disabilities, should be left out of life. It’s important that we continue to work together to break down barriers and make the UK an accessible place for all people with complex disabilities.”

Henry Smith MP said:

“It was good to meet with Sense in Parliament and inspiring to communicate directly with those the charity supports who have complex disabilities. Learning to sign my name and write braille was an important insight into the important work Sense do.”

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Gatwick Fire Service to run marathon on airports runway for charity



It will consist of running 13 lengths of the 3.3km main runway, but WHite Watch Gatwick Fire Service hope to raise money for local hospital charity (SASH).

Taking place on Sunday 14th June, the crew will be running the 13 lengths as a relay, with the final distance being just over that of a marathon.

Taking advantage of the lack of flow during periods of the day, they will use those opportunities to ‘do something different and raise awareness for our local NHS staff putting themselves on the line every day during this pandemic’.

The money will help the staff at East Surrey Hospital and Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust during the Covid 19 situation.

If you would like to help with a donation you can do so at their JustGiving page here.

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