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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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Crawley’s first ever ‘Free Supermarket’ opens in Three Bridges to support community

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On Sunday (8th November} Crawley’s first ever ‘free supermarket’ opened its doors to the local community.

The Free Shop Crawley is a store run by volunteers with the sole purpose of providing locals with food, toiletries and baby essentials without any associated cost.

Inspired by Marcus Rashford and his campaign to have school meals funded year-round, the stores inception came about when four local women shared a common desire to create a safe place for people in need to come and receive help without fear or shame.

Laura-Jane Wainwright, one of the founders of Free Shop Crawley said:

“Having used food banks in the past, I know first-hand how degrading it can feel.  We wanted to create a dignified space where anyone in need could come and access essentials in a friendly and inclusive environment. The thought of children going to bed hungry and adults losing sleep over financial anxiety broke our hearts and we knew we had to use our skills and resources to help”

Shoppers are encouraged to take up to 10 items from the shop each visit giving them a full basket of daily necessities. Anyone is eligible to visit the store and although there is a ticketing system in place the team are ready to welcome anyone who is in need.

The shop offers a fresh produce section, toiletries and sanitary care, tinned and dried goods, nappies and formula and even children’s clothing and toys.

In week one alone, over 100 people have been fed by the shops offering, showing just how big a need there is for support in not just this area but country wide.

Local businesses have been quick to support the store donating essentials by the van load, even down to kitting out the shop with shelving, tables and hanging racks. Companies including Asda, Co-op and Tilgate Bakery have committed to donate to the store each week.

Free Shop Crawley can be found at CJ’s café, Kingsland Court, Three Bridges, Crawley, RH10 1HL, on Sundays from 2pm-4pm.

Anyone wishing to donate or find out more can visit the Free Shop Crawley Facebook page www.facebook.com/freeshopcrawley  or contact the team direct on freeshopcrawley@gmail.com

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