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Crawley woman’s cut for cancer support centre



Alison Slade from Crawley, will be sitting down for haircut on Sunday 10th June – but this isn’t your ordinary haircut.

At Rock Paper Scissors in Ifield Green, Alison will be having her hair shaved and donating it to the Little Princess Trust. She’s also raising money for a fantastic cause: The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre.

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The Olive Tree is a local cancer support centre serving Sussex and Surrey. They are the only centre in the area and are entirely run by volunteers. They offer counselling, complimentary therapies, support, advice and act as a key point of contact for cancer patients, their families, carers and children.

“Brave is fighting cancer not having a haircut”

Alison has set a target of £1,500 that she wants to raise for the charity, and she’s already surpassed it! Her donations so far have got her to an incredible £1,660 – but that doesn’t mean more donations wouldn’t be appreciated. Check out Alison’s JustGiving page here.

Alison said:

“You’d have to live on another planet not to have been affected by this disease in one way or another. Sadly cancer has had enough limelight so I’m going to shine the spotlight on The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre or my safe haven as it became.

“Back in 2015 my husband Graham aka Ginge was diagnosed with bladder cancer and our world changed. There’s nothing worse than watching someone you love suffering and not being able to do anything about it.

“These people kept me sane and supported me. I could turn up hating the world or be on my knees ready to give up. These people never judged me, patronized me or rolled their eyes. Always a warm welcome, the obligatory kettle went on and I’d leave feeling stronger.

“The list of facilities available here is endless, wigs, yoga, massage, keep fit, reflexology, counselling, The Trailblazers running and walk fit groups – like I said endless.

“So on Sunday 10th June at 1pm at Rock Paper Scissors Hairdressers in Ifield Green Crawley I’m having my head shaved to raise money and give something back. My hair will be donated to the Little Princess Trust.

“Please support me so that these guys can continue to support others. Someone said I was brave. Brave is fighting cancer not having a haircut. Thank you in advance for your support.”

Paul Newell, co-owner of Rock Paper Scissors, said:

“I think it’s an amazing thing what she’s doing.

“I was helping her husband Graham with his hair while he was going through chemo. Now they’re coming out of the other side it’s great that they’re giving something back.”

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Crawley restaurant, Mio Gusto launches 50% off for residents and front line workers



Whilst COVID-19 still causes disruption across the town, one local restaurant owner has taken the decision to offer residents and front line workers a huge 50% off on their menu.

While the government launched the ‘Eat out to Help out’ scheme, the new Mio Gusto was still under renovation which meant potential customers were unable to take advantage of the scheme. Now owner Yashar Koksal, owner of Mio Gusto, has taken the decision to give his customers an even better scheme to promote and offer their whole menu at an even greater discount of 50% off all food (drinks not included).

Crawley Mayor Francis Guidera officially opens Mio Gusto.

The Pizzeria has already gained rave reviews from customers since it was opened by Crawley Mayor Francis Guidera.

Executive Chef Yasar Koksal is working alongside his Head Chef Francesco Furrielo to create the exciting menu.

Head Chef Francesco Furriello preparing some homemade mouth watering Italian pasta.( pappardelle fiiletto di manzo e pecorino cheese , Tagliolini al granchio e pomodorini siciliano)

But Mio Gusto is a much more exciting concept than a traditional Pizzeria. It’s elegant menu has taken customers by storm with dishes you would usually expect to find in a Michelin Star venue.

The relaxed setting of the restaurant based underneath Rhythm Nightclub at 107 High Street, Crawley, has been completely redesigned with an elegant style that, even with the social distancing rules, still makes you feel comfortable and engaged with the ambience.

Mr Koksal said:

“It is vital that we keep our local economy moving and don’t just give up. This is why I am launching this offer to everyone.”

The offer is open to any customers and applies to all their food, starters, mains and deserts.

Mr Koksal said that the offer will be reviewed for residents after two weeks, but will remain in place for all front-line workers till the end of the year.

Mio Gusto is open seven days a week from 12pm to 10pm with last orders at 9.

Sittings are available at 12pm, 3pm, 6pm and 8pm.

To make a reservation call 01293 514120 or go to

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