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Crawley student becomes ambassador for charitable trust

Mya Bambrick a 17 year old student from Thomas Bennett Community College has just proudly been appointed as an ambassador for the Cameron Bespolka Trust.

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The trust was set up in memory of Cameron, a teenager who loved nature and birds, but sadly died in a tragic accident.  It does this by inspiring young people to become engaged with nature, through events such as birdcamp, a weekend of birding and citizen surveys.

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Becoming an ambassador of such a worthwhile cause means an awful lot to Mya who has been passionate about wildlife, especially birds, since she was just eight years old. 

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Mya said:

“I hope, as an ambassador, I can inspire the next generation to become fascinated by the natural world”.

Mya has big plans for the future and her ambition is to create wildlife friendly areas within schools, as well as continuing her role as council member at the Sussex Ornithological Society. 

She will start by working with Thomas Bennett Community College, where she is currently studying.  Where the school will work to create two wildlife areas, one in the schools courtyard and another near the school fields.  The aim is to have these set up by the end of the year and plant the areas with wildlife friendly flowers next Spring.

Thomas Bennett Community College are excited about this initiative and Headteacher, Stuart Smith said:

“We are really looking forward to working with Mya and setting up these wildlife areas at the college.  Mya is extremely passionate about her work and we are very proud of her achievement of becoming an ambassador for the Cameron Bespolka Trust.”

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Mya’s dedication to wildlife is documented through her blog which can be found at www.myasbirdingblog.wordpress.com.  The blog features all of Mya’s thoughts and adventures in wildlife as well as some stunning photographs. 

For more information on the Cameron Bespolka Trust you can visit www.cameronbespolka.com.

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Over 340 families helped this Christmas by Crawley charity as News at Ten presenter lends a hand

Every year a local based charity tries to make a difference in the local community by providing families in financial difficulty with a solution for their Christmas meal and presents for the children,

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The Greenaway Foundation, a charity that has evolved from local estate agency owner Darren Greenaway, has had its busiest year ever and helped more local families than ever before.

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Darren began helping financially challenged families back in 2011 by providing them with the ingredients needed to cook a two course Christmas dinner. He felt this was the best way to give something back to the local community.

Over time the yearly initiative kept growing till this year there was a need for a much larger space in which to handle it.

With nominations coming from over fifty schools, council bodies and other charities it was evident that this year was going to be the busiest one yet.

Oriel High School in Maidenbower offered their facilities for two days and with with an army of over one hundred volunteers they managed to ensure that over three hundred and forty families received Christmas Eve deliveries that would transform their festive time.

Even News at Ten newsreader Nicholas Owen turned up to lend a hand with his family as well a provide moral support to the volunteers.

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This year also marked third year of the wishing tree, where children from the families being helped could pop into the estate agents offices and make a wish for a present.  Along with the meals there were over seven hundred presents being delivered that each child had wished for.

By lunchtime all deliveries had been made, the school had been tidied up and the team were busy reviewing all the efforts to see where improvements could be made for Christmas 2020.

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