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Gatwick charity receives Sussex Police cash boost

Gatwick Travelcare has received a £500 boost from Sussex Police.

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L-R: PC Jonny Walker, Insp James Biggs, and Linda Comber and Julie Ayres from Gatwick Travelcare.

Gatwick Prevention Team was able to secure the funding for the charity through the
Police Property Act Fund.

This is made up of monies received by the police from the sale of found property and from property confiscated by order of the court and then sold.

Inspector James Biggs, of the Gatwick Prevention Team, said:

“We are delighted to be able to support Gatwick Travelcare with this donation. Travelcare and Sussex Police have an excellent relationship at Gatwick and often work very closely together to help passengers who need assistance. Quite often these passengers are vulnerable, and to be able to support such a worthwhile charity is something Sussex Police is very proud to be able to do.”

Linda Comber, from Gatwick Travelcare, said:

“On behalf of the Gatwick Travelcare team, I cannot express our sincere gratitude enough to Sussex Police for the generous donation to our charity. Your support means a great deal to us. This donation really makes a difference, and allows us to continue providing support to passengers and visitors who find themselves in difficulty and distress.”

To find out more about the Police Property Act Fund and how you can apply for funding, visit our website here.

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Southern Rail train drivers smash rowathon target

Three train drivers from Southern Rail have smashed their fundraising target by relay-rowing the distance from London to Paris in 24 hours on Brighton Station concourse.

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Richard Brown (centre) with Richard Quinn (left) and Gary Harman (right) have raised almost £6,000 for Cancer Research UK

Three train drivers from Southern Rail have smashed their fundraising target by relay-rowing the distance from London to Paris in 24 hours on Brighton Station concourse.

The trio are on their way to tripling their target of £2,000 for Cancer Research UK with a staggering £1,541 raised by bucket collectors alone and a further £4,200 in pledges plus donations on their sponsorship page.

Driver competency manager Richard Quinn and drivers Gary Harman and Richard Brown came away with raw hands but not too many aches and pains after the rowing machine marathon that began at 12 noon on Friday (11 January).

Richard Quinn, 42, from Portslade, said:

“Everything went to plan and we were amazed by the amount of support we got from everyone. We had many people telling us inspirational and sadly tragic stories about how cancer had affected their lives, which only pushed us on more.

“I think we all suffered between 3-6am but once the station opened again on Saturday and people started to arrive it became easier.”

All three have had their lives touched by cancer. A colleague of theirs, who was only in his thirties, died from the disease recently.

Richard added:

“Our colleague’s death at such a young age affected us all. In the past year, five of my direct family members plus work colleagues have been diagnosed or treated for cancer. Sadly, I’ve known of several deaths because of this cruel disease.”

Richard’s father, 71, who was successfully treated for colorectal cancer, came along to support his son.

Richard Brown, 37, and also from Brighton, said:

“I lost my best friend Elena to Non-Hodgkin lymphoma two years ago after a long battle. It made me painfully aware of just how cruel and non-discriminating cancer could be.”

The drivers’ sponsorship page remains up and running for donations at https://bit.ly/2sdmYrR

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