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Crawley nightclub donates almost £8,000 to children’s charity

A Crawley club has donated £7,883 to The Children’s Trust for specialist equipment to help children and young people with complex disabilities.



L-R: Damian Hillwood (head doorman) Darren Harfield (general manager), Daniel Harding (events coordinator) all from Moka with Georgia Pullman, Corporate Partnership Executive of The Children’s Trust.

Darren Harfield, General Manager of Moka on Station Way, nominated the charity to receive the money for a vital signs monitor and a shower trolley for its rehabilitation centre at Tadworth.

Darren said:

“The donation is from our company’s Echo Trust charity to give something back to our local community. Our customers are always generous when we hold regular collections for the Echo Trust at the club. We wanted The Children’s Trust to benefit because of its amazing support for children and their families.”

The Children’s Trust is the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury and offers both residential and community-based rehabilitation services to help children to live the best life possible.

The shower trolley enables children with motor control difficulties to be showered safely. The new observation machines are quicker and record vital signs more accurately than previous machines. Speed is important as some children with motor difficulties may not be able to stay still for a long period of time to allow the nurses to carry out observations.

Georgia Pullman, Corporate Partnership Executive of The Children’s Trust, said:

“We’re very grateful to Moka and the Echo Trust as the new equipment will make a massive difference in improving the care we provide to young people.”

Moka is part of The Deltic Group, the UK’s largest operator of late night bars and clubs, which employs 3000 people across 53 venues. Since 2002 when Deltic set up the Echo Trust it has raised more than £2.5 million to grant awards to local children’s charities and children’s hospitals.


Crawley firefighters undertake marathon walk in memory of fallen colleague



Some of the team from Crawley Fire Station with the training mannequins.

Firefighters from Crawley Fire Station are preparing to make their way to the seaside on foot in memory of a much-loved former colleague.

But the 20 firefighters won’t be completing the walk to Brighton seafront on their own, as they will be carrying a few training dummies with them, weighing in at around 30kg.

They will be raising money for The Fire Fighters Charity and The Stroke Association in memory of former Watch Manager Simon Constable who passed away in April 2019 having suffered a stroke. Simon served with WSFRS for 29 years.

The crew have been busy training for the 30 mile walk, which they will complete on Saturday 8 August, and are hoping to smash their fundraising target along the way.

Green Watch Manager Neil Fairhall said:

“With it almost being the summer holidays, we thought what better way to raise some money for two fantastic causes than a jolly down to the seaside? Though I imagine after a couple of miles in carrying those training dummies, the walk will be anything but jolly.

“But the whole point of this fundraiser is to push ourselves, and hopefully raise a decent amount of money for The Fire Fighters Charity and The Stroke Association.

“Both charities mean a lot to us at Crawley Fire Station – The Fire Fighters Charity provides a real lifeline for serving and former firefighters in their hour of need, and The Stroke Association does some fantastic work to support those affected by stroke. Having lost Simon last year, this is extremely poignant for us as a watch and station, and we hope to raise a worthy amount in his memory.”

The challenge comes after all fire stations within West Sussex were challenged by Station Manager Phil Maynard to come up with innovative ways of raising money for The Fire Fighters Charity, which supports serving and former firefighters as well as their families in times of need.

Phil has set the county’s 25 fire station’s the ambitious target of raising £25,000 by the end of the year for the charity. Already, the East Grinstead crew have managed to raise £1,670 for the charity after climbing the equivalent of Mount Everest in the station yard.

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