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Crawley school’s ‘Bake for Heroes’ raises over £400 for ‘Help for Heroes’

The event, which took place yesterday (26 June), saw staff, students & parents don their aprons to raise money for ‘Help for Heroes’.



Tilgate Councillor Francis Guidera with a member of the Army Reserves

The Oaks Primary School in Crawley held an event on Tuesday (26 June) which has so far raised over £400 for Help for Heroes.

The cake sale, ‘Bake for Heroes’, was organised as a way of marking nearly 100 years since the end of World War 1, as well as a way to raise money for a fantastic cause.

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Five councillors attended the event: Tilgate councillor Francis Guidera, Southgate councillor Jan Tarrant, Maidenbower councillor Kim Jaggard, Three Bridges councillors Bob Burgess and Brenda Burgess.

Those attending were also joined by three members of the Army Reserves, who took some time out to come along and show their support – and to enjoy some freshly baked cakes too. The money was raised by staff and children (as well as some parents) baking cakes which were sold for 50p each.

Help for Heroes is a British charity launched on 1 October 2007 which helps to provide better facilities for British servicemen and women who have been wounded or injured in the line of duty.

Tracy Smith, Learning Mentor and organiser of the event said:

“Everyone had a great time and supported us. It was a fantastic community event.

“All of the local shops were happy to put up posters for us.

“A big thank you to everybody – all the staff and parents for their support – we couldn’t do it without them.”

Councillor Francis Guidera said:

“I’d like to thank the staff and children of The Oaks primary school for inviting me to attend their Bake for Heroes event today. Beautiful weather, delicious cakes and a huge turnout!

“I’d also like to thank councillors Jan Tarrant, Kim Jaggard, Bob Burgess, and Brenda Burgess for joining me and coming along to support what was a really busy and successful event. I am sure the Oaks raised a lot of money for such a great cause!

“Lastly, well done to three winners of the bake off!”

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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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