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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.

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. 

Mya Bambrick

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.”

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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Gatwick Airport firefighters raise over £2,300 running runway marathon

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A group of firefighters from Gatwick Airport Fire and Rescue Service have raised more than £2,300 for local NHS charity SASH, by completing a relay marathon run on the airport’s main runway.

Thirteen members of White Watch took turns to run 13 lengths of the 3.3-kilometre runway on Sunday morning, along with Rebecca Howells, a nurse from Redhill’s East Surrey Hospital, who completed the run in full uniform.

The initiative was first raised by Firefighter James Buckman, who wanted a novel way to support SASH – the charity for East Surrey Hospital, and all the services provided by Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust. SASH was chosen by staff at Gatwick as the airport’s new charity partner earlier this year.

Station Manager, Steven Bartlett, who supported James in making the run happen, said:

“We decided running a relay marathon on the main runway would be something a bit different and, with many flights resuming this week, not something we are likely to get the chance to do again.

“The support has been fantastic and we are really grateful to all at Gatwick who have contributed in some way to making this event possible, and of course to all those who have donated.”

Rebecca Howells said:

“I was so excited to hear about Gatwick staff voting to support our hospitals as the airport’s new charity partner, and this run was a really unique opportunity. It was great to be able to help raise some funds and to say thank you to the firefighters and everyone at Gatwick.”

The event also formed part of SASH’s Get Active challenge, in collaboration with Run Series – the organisers of Run Reigate and Run Gatwick events – which asks people to use their allocated daily exercise to help reach a 30,000-mile target, through running, walking, cycling, home workouts or online classes.

Donations are still being welcomed and can be done through White Watch’s Just Giving page. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/whitewatchgatwickfire

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