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Crawley students show support for homeless charity

Crawley College students demonstrated their community spirit, with a donation to a local homeless charity earlier this month.



The students, currently studying for their Access to HE Diploma in Nursing and Healthcare Professions, collected numerous essential items including food, toiletries and clothes, which they presented to Crawley Open House.

Lecturer Senzeni Kamere said:

“It was a great, thought-provoking experience for our healthcare students.

“As part of their course, it’s important for our students to think about vulnerable people in the community and how they might work with them in the future.

“The students went out of their way to support this much needed service, and some of them confessed that they themselves had been homeless at some point.

“They are now all ambassadors for Crawley Open House, wherever they go.” 

Ian Wilkins, fundraising and relationships manager for Crawley Open House, came into the college to receive the donations.

Ian said: “We are so grateful to Senzeni Kamere and the staff and students at Crawley College, both for facilitating the lecture on the issues around homelessness, and for their amazing and unexpected big donation of goods for the homeless and disadvantaged of Crawley and the surrounding area.

“On behalf of all those who will benefit, we want to say a massive thank you. We rely heavily on such generosity from the local community, and we never take it for granted.”


Three Bridges, Crawley Tesco store gives a helping hand to veterans in need



Lee Matthews, former Queens Royal Irish Hussar.

British armed forces veterans who face hardship and distress have benefited from a military annual fundraiser, with a little help from a Tesco Crawley store.

Former members of the Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars met up at the 4th Worth Scouts Hut in Crawley to reminisce about past events and enjoy their yearly BBQ.

They also had a range of fundraising events on the day, raising £537, with all proceeds going to The Veterans’ Charity.

Throughout the pandemic, the charity has continued to deliver vital support to veterans and their families, including food shopping, essential household products and toiletries, utilities credit, clothing, and smartphones to enable continued communication and to prevent isolation.

Many of the items donated to the veterans’ fundraiser came from the Three Bridges Tesco Extra store, whose staff are keen supporters of the Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars’ annual event.

Martin Weathers, a Tesco staff member and fundraiser for The Veterans’ Charity.

Martin Weathers, a Tesco staff member and fundraiser for The Veterans’ Charity, was among those at the event, having served with The Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars.

He said:

“I’m very grateful to Tesco for their generosity. Our annual BBQ was extremely enjoyable and entertaining, and it continues the brotherhood that most people miss after leaving the Forces.

“Leaving service life can be a dreadful time, especially for those who have been in for a long time, and some may have associated physical or psychological problems such as combat post-traumatic stress disorder.

“This is why get-togethers like this are so important, and Tesco’s contribution to helping us raise funds for service-people in need is incredibly important.

“It helps to provide much-needed funds for The Veterans’ Charity, enabling it to supply things such as basic food shopping for our most vulnerable veterans who have fallen on hard times.

“This year has been the busiest ever for The Veterans’ Charity, with more than 540 welfare requests. These are often referrals from other charities, but some have been directly from struggling veterans themselves, and all of them were satisfactorily resolved within 24 hours of the charity being contacted.”

Tesco has a long association with the Armed Forces, dating back to Tesco founder Jack Cohen and is a signatory to the Ministry of Defence’s Armed Forces Covenant. About 300 Tesco employees are members of the supermarket chain’s Armed Forces Network, and the supermarket is one of the largest employers of reservists and former service personnel.

Matt Ayling, manager at the Three Bridges Tesco Extra store, said:

“We’re really pleased to be able to help the Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars. Its members are amazing people and we all have a lot to thank them for, so our store is always keen to assist them if we can.”

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