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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”.


All Crawley Co-op food stores set up as food banks for local charity

The new initiative, setup by Paul Taylor-Burr, an ambassador pioneer for Co-op and Ian WIlkins from Open House was started on the 3rd August.



In surely a first for any town an initiative will see every Co-op across Crawley now be able to take food donations.

Food bins have been placed in each of the Co-ops where shoppers are able to leave donations for Crawley Open House.

Currently collections will be taking place every Friday but if demand grows then more frequent ones will be organised.

Paul Taylor-Burr said:

“We are looking for donations of non perishable items such as Tuna, Rice Pudding, Cereal, Tea bags, Tinned Custard, Tinned Meat, Baked Beans.

The Open house do such magnificent work and the more we can show our belief and support for what they do the better.”

There are Co-ops stores in Langley Green, Pound Hill, Tilgate, Bewbush, Maidenbower and Ifield.

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