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Crawley Primary School help launch charity Christmas single



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 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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