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Crawley restaurant feeds front line ambulance workers during Covid-19



Ambulance team members take receipt of the food for the staff.

A Crawley Restaurant is helping support local NHS workers during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Local Indian restaurant Zari is helping support our them by feeding the South East Coast Ambulance team last week.

The team at Zari provided free food for both the day and night shift workers as a way of supporting them.

With over 100 hot meals already served Zari is using what it knows best—Indian food—to help boost morale for our hardworking NHS front line staff. 

Owner Almara Miah said:

“We know how hard everyone on the frontline is working and just wanted to try and help in some way.  Making sure the ambulance team was well fed seemed like one small way we could do just that” – Almara Miah (Owner)

Almara Miah has a personal connection with the NHS after working in the service for 15 years as well as having a son on the NHS frontline in London.

The whole team wanted to help and it was decided that providing meals for the both the day and night shifts was a great way to do it.

Dropping the food off was obviously not a usual delivery and social distancing protocols were observed as well as additional santisation during the packing process.

The Zari team packing up for a delivery.

Zari will be again providing food to  the the South East Coast Ambulance staff at the their Manor Royal Offices and the Crawley Urgent Treatment Centre.

Owner Almara Zari said:

“While we can’t help in a physical sense providing a hot meal for people working long hours will hopefully help keep spirits up and make sure they are eating well”.


New £100k pedestrian crossing for families’ taking children to school installed in West Green



West Green Primary School Business Manager Annette pictured trying the new crossing with her daughter before the school reopened.

A new pedestrian crossings has been installed in the past few months and is now operational, helping families with the walk to a school in West Green.

The crossing in Crawley cost £100,00 and is aimed to improve safety for families with school-age children – plus pedestrians generally.

With schools reopening and roads becoming busier after lockdown, people are being encouraged to leave their cars at home and consider other travel choices.

Roger Elkins, Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said:

“The new crossings provide a safer route to schools for families and to other local amenities for pedestrians generally.

“People are being encouraged to consider walking or cycling for their journeys, if they can. It’s a great way to get fit, save fuel money and reduce the number of cars on the road. This in turn will improve air quality and reduce congestion.”

West Green Primary School requested the Puffin crossing for West Green Drive and worked with the county council’s transport improvements team to build the case for road safety improvements.

Other enhancements had already been introduced, including ‘School Keep Clear’ markings, to provide pupils and parents with a safer environment.

Throughout this process, West Green continued to provide pupils with road safety education and encourage sustainable travel.

West Green Primary School Business Manager Annette Tomsett said:

“The school is delighted to have worked closely with West Sussex County Council in bringing to fruition this crossing. It will make a huge difference in the safe route to school for our pupils and families, alongside having a positive impact for the whole community for now and for the future.”

The improvements cost a total of about £100,000.

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