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Crawley Primary School help launch charity Christmas single

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A local primary schools choir, The Oaks Primary School, has helped make a charity Christmas single.

John and his friend Martyn have been writing songs together for 6 years and their latest composition has been performed and recorded by The Oaks Primary School Choir.  Any money made from the single will be donated to the Make a Wish Foundation.

The Christmas single will be released on iTunes on the 30th November

The choir, made up of twenty four 6-11 year olds all gathered together to record the single entitled, “I Can’t Wait For Christmas!” and I’m sure you’ve already guessed from the title, it’s a Christmas song!

One of the singers from The Oaks Primary school is Harriet

Harriet (9) is one of the lead singers on the song and even sings the opening line.  On Runways breakfast show the host Steve and Harriet talked about the work that went into creating and recording the track as well as Harriet’s thoughts on the process.  He asked her about her feeling towards fame and whether she’d like to be famous, to which her response was “I do but… money’s better”

She was of course talking about money for the charity, not her own pocket… we think.

The Oaks Primary School Headmaster Alan Gunn said:

“We are all so proud of all our children and staff at the school who have taken part in the making of the single. It is so important, especially at this time of year, to think of others and help make a difference. Working with our community and helping our children learn that they have the power to make a positive input in society is a key part of our vision at The Oaks. Taking part in this project has been fantastic!”

The choir, made up of twenty four 6-11 year olds all gathered together to record the single entitled, “I Can’t Wait For Christmas!”

There’s a launch event for the single on 30th November at Thomas Bennet Community College and the doors open at 18.30.

It’s free to attend so make sure you get yourself down there as we want this to raise as much money as possible!  At the launch party we’ll see the stars of the song enter on the red carpet, a live performance on the song (which will be streamed live on Runway Radio) and we’ll also get to see the music video for the first time.

The song is also available on the 30th Nov and will be available to download from iTunes and Amazon.  Hard copies will also be available to buy from selected stores in and around Crawley, so make sure you pick up your copy.

To hear more about the music video, the song and the launch party check out the full interview from the Breakfast Show below.

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Crawley’s first ever ‘Free Supermarket’ opens in Three Bridges to support community

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On Sunday (8th November} Crawley’s first ever ‘free supermarket’ opened its doors to the local community.

The Free Shop Crawley is a store run by volunteers with the sole purpose of providing locals with food, toiletries and baby essentials without any associated cost.

Inspired by Marcus Rashford and his campaign to have school meals funded year-round, the stores inception came about when four local women shared a common desire to create a safe place for people in need to come and receive help without fear or shame.

Laura-Jane Wainwright, one of the founders of Free Shop Crawley said:

“Having used food banks in the past, I know first-hand how degrading it can feel.  We wanted to create a dignified space where anyone in need could come and access essentials in a friendly and inclusive environment. The thought of children going to bed hungry and adults losing sleep over financial anxiety broke our hearts and we knew we had to use our skills and resources to help”

Shoppers are encouraged to take up to 10 items from the shop each visit giving them a full basket of daily necessities. Anyone is eligible to visit the store and although there is a ticketing system in place the team are ready to welcome anyone who is in need.

The shop offers a fresh produce section, toiletries and sanitary care, tinned and dried goods, nappies and formula and even children’s clothing and toys.

In week one alone, over 100 people have been fed by the shops offering, showing just how big a need there is for support in not just this area but country wide.

Local businesses have been quick to support the store donating essentials by the van load, even down to kitting out the shop with shelving, tables and hanging racks. Companies including Asda, Co-op and Tilgate Bakery have committed to donate to the store each week.

Free Shop Crawley can be found at CJ’s café, Kingsland Court, Three Bridges, Crawley, RH10 1HL, on Sundays from 2pm-4pm.

Anyone wishing to donate or find out more can visit the Free Shop Crawley Facebook page www.facebook.com/freeshopcrawley  or contact the team direct on freeshopcrawley@gmail.com

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