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Crawley Primary School fundraises for Australian Firefighters

West Green Primary School pupils raise hundreds for the firefighters.

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West Green pupils (left to right) Nathan Smith, Jayashni Felix, Ezgi Demir and Anoshga Vimalendran with Angie Paice and Neil Lemon (centre).

On the 20th January local musicians Lemon and Paice visited to play for the children of West Green Primary School after the school had held a fundraising day in support of the Australian volunteer firefighters in New South Wales.

Hearing about the devastating fires that have been sweeping across the country, the staff and pupils knew they had to help.

Neil Lemon is originally from that part of Australia and wanted to play for the children when he heard that they were raising money for the cause. He was joined in a special assembly by band members Angie Paice and Andrew Hodgson, who is also West Green’s Headteacher.

Angie and Neil both play guitar and sing, and Andrew is their regular bass player. The groups work features songs about Australia and the children were interested to hear songs about the ‘Brumbie’ wild horses, and the lands heritage and beauty.

The fundraising idea came from one of the school’s teachers, Alanna Millar, who is also originally from New South Wales. The children and teachers got on board with the idea and had a non-uniform day wearing the national Australian colours of green and gold. £278 was raised through donations by the children

Headteacher Andrew Hodgson said:

“It’s really important that the children learn about the value of charity and helping others in times of need. We are pleased to be helping the people and wildlife of Australia.”

On the 20th February the band (also including their regular electric guitarist and drummer this time) will be hosting another fundraising event at the Dorset Arms in East Grinstead with several other local bands and musicians joining them.

They are all giving up their time for the Australian Firefighters again, and it is hoped that the residents of East Grinstead and the surrounding area will dig deep to support the cause.

Henry Smith

Henry Smith MP: Commemorating the 75th anniversary of VE Day

In his article this week Crawley MP Henry Smith talks about the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

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It is often easy to take our democratic system and values for granted. However, a look to other parts of the world provide a reminder of how important it is that we appreciate the freedoms we have.

None of which, of course, would be possible without our Armed Forces who keep us safe. Our nation has perhaps never been more threatened than during the Second World War, which resulted in Victory in Europe almost 75 years ago.

On 8th May 2020, the 75th anniversary of VE Day, events will take place across the UK to commemorate the Allied Victory in Europe and give thanks to the Second World War generation and the sacrifices they made securing peace across the continent.

I join the Prime Minister in backing the Royal British Legion’s search for people from this generation who will rightly take centre stage at the commemorations in London, which will culminate in a procession down the Mall.

Applications are open until 2nd March via the Royal British Legion’s website. I urge veterans in Crawley to look into signing up, as our nation says thank you, three quarters of a century after the end of the war.

Further details of the programme to commemorate Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day) on 15th August will be announced in due course. It is right that we use these moments of celebration to remember their sacrifice and show our gratitude.

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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