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Gatwick Airport wins Dementia Innovation Award



Gatwick Airport has being awarded for it’s ‘forward thinking’ approach towards supporting passengers with Dementia.

The airport, located just outside of Crawley, has rolled out a hidden disability lanyard, which has being designed to increase the airports level of support for passengers with Dementia and other hidden disabilities. The lanyard provides staff with a discreet signal that passengers, their families or carers may require additional assistance when travelling through the airport.

Gatwick and OCS, the airport’s special assistance provider, were jointly presented with the Dementia Innovation Award at an awards ceremony hosted by the Alzheimer’s Society and attended by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

The award recognises ‘forward thinking in developing a piece of research, new product, project or service to support people affected by dementia.’

Since it was introduced in May, the service has being used by over 3,000 passengers. Along with the service, Gatwick has also aimed to establish itself as a Dementia friendly airport, by training new and old staff with the ‘Dementia Friends’ information program. Every member of Gatwick’s Assistance Team has received Dementia Friends training.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who attended the ceremony, said: “The Dementia Friendly Communities programme has led to inspiring action, raising awareness of this condition and supporting people to live well. Dementia is a priority for this Government and I am inspired by the work of the individuals here today who are leading the way in making their own communities dementia friendly.”

Alzheimer’s Society’s Chief Executive, Jeremy Hughes, paid tribute to Gatwick airport, saying: “The actions of Gatwick and the OCS Group and others like them are helping to raise better awareness, break down stigma and make our communities more dementia-friendly.

“What makes our winners so remarkable is the way they use their imagination, energy and enthusiasm to inspire others. Gatwick and the OCS Group have gone that extra mile to make a bigger difference in their community for people with dementia and they will inspire others to follow their example in all walks of life.”


The Dementia Friendly Awards are part of the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friendly Communities initiative, which aims to ensure people affected by dementia feel understood and included in all aspects of community life.

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Britain’s Got Talent auditions come to Crawley

The ITV show is holding auditions at The Hawth this month.



Get practising because Britain’s Got Talent is coming to Crawley!

The hugely popular ITV show is holding auditions right here in Crawley at The Hawth and you can be a part of it.

On Thursday 30th August from 2-8pm you can audition to be a part of this fantastic show.

If you are under 18 you MUST be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

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So dust off those dance shoes, dig out the instruments and show the world how talented you are.


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