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Crawley school students show their support for local charity through fund raising

A group of students at Thomas Bennett Community College have recently been working hard to raise money for Crawley Open House as part of a community project.



Thomas Bennett student Elizabeth Francis with teacher Jess Halsey

The small group of students decided to raise money by holding one of the schools very popular cake sales. 

A total of £70 was raised and all of the money was used to purchase much needed treats, food and toiletries for donation to Crawley Open House.

Thomas Bennett students delivery food to Open House

Personally delivering the donations allowed the students to truly understand what a difference their efforts made. 

The students really enjoyed the whole experience and have now enthusiastically put forward some more fantastic ideas for fundraising in the future.

Having recently heard that West Sussex County Council have made drastic cuts to grants for the centre from September, the School are delighted to be able to help. 

Head Teacher, Stuart Smith says,

“It’s very important to Thomas Bennett Community College that we support charities like the Crawley Open House who play such a vital role in supporting vulnerable and homeless people in the local community”.


Gatwick Express team gives cash boost to Crawley charity

The Gatwick Express team has given a local charity a cash boost following a number of staff fundraising initiatives in recent months.



Maria Cook, Chair of Autism Support Crawley (left) takes delivery of a 'rail ticket cheque' from Gatwick Express managers

Autism Support Crawley, which supports children and adults on the autistic spectrum, has been given a generous donation of £1,931.15 thanks to kind-hearted Gatwick Express staff who have taken part in a series of activities at Gatwick Airport Station, including cake sales, a Christmas jumper competition and bucket appeals.

Station staff were delighted to be able to hand over a cheque to Autism Support Crawley on Tuesday, May 21 to the chairperson of the charity, Maria Cook.

She said:

“We are thrilled to receive such wonderful support from everyone at Gatwick Express.

“Their response to the voluntary work that we do for over 1,200 families across Sussex and Surrey is overwhelming. This will go a long way in helping us to continue to support families and work with lots of different professions to improve understanding, acceptance and inclusion in society,”she added.

Gatwick Express staff were inspired to support the charity after hosting a group from Autism Support Crawley for a ‘Try a Train’ event, during which autistic young people and adults were shown around the station to help them become more familiar and confident when travelling by train, as well as how to buy tickets to support more independent travel.

Gatwick area station manager David Stronell said:

“We’re really proud of all the work we have done to help the charity. The whole station has been involved in the fundraising.

“Since we started supporting the charity, it has sparked a lot of conversations and a lot of staff have talked about having children on the autistic spectrum. It has brought us all together and got people opening up about autism, which in turn has raised awareness for us all,” said David.

Charity trustee, member and service user Charlotte Gover said:

“The amazing donation from Gatwick Express will support so many of our families by enabling us to continue to provide information sessions, conferences, coffee mornings, evening meetings and much needed inclusive family events.”

Staff at Gatwick are now gearing up for their next fundraising events so watch this space!

This month also marks the 35th birthday of Gatwick Express and there have been plenty of activities going on to celebrate the occasion.

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