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Gatwick Fire Service to run marathon on airports runway for charity

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It will consist of running 13 lengths of the 3.3km main runway, but WHite Watch Gatwick Fire Service hope to raise money for local hospital charity (SASH).

Taking place on Sunday 14th June, the crew will be running the 13 lengths as a relay, with the final distance being just over that of a marathon.

Taking advantage of the lack of flow during periods of the day, they will use those opportunities to ‘do something different and raise awareness for our local NHS staff putting themselves on the line every day during this pandemic’.

The money will help the staff at East Surrey Hospital and Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust during the Covid 19 situation.

If you would like to help with a donation you can do so at their JustGiving page here.

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Charities working together to feed Crawley

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The COVID-19 pandemic is set to significantly affect Crawley owing to the high number of jobs connected with Gatwick Airport.  It is predicted that there will be many job losses and high unemployment which will lead to food poverty and homelessness.  To address this, charities are working more closely together to deliver food and support those in most need in Crawley.

The Easter Team and Crawley Open House have a long established relationship and are in the process of setting up the Crawley Food Bank Partnership. More Crawley churches are now joining them , and they are working together to maximise resources to deliver support where and when it is needed.

They are also working with other local charities such as Give Back Crawley.  They are preparing and delivering hot meals to over 100 street homeless who have been placed into temporary accommodation during the pandemic. 

Over recent weeks, many more volunteers have signed up to help, meaning they are geared up to cope with the increase in demand, which they expect over the coming months.

In recent weeks they say they have received many donations, which enable them to continue their work and have also received food from local people, like the Constable Collectors in Tilgate.

The Co-op has given surplus groceries such as bread and milk, and Higiddy Pies have donated Helping Hand Hampers. Crawley Borough Council have also helped by enabling them to purchase stock from Aldi via the Help Hub. They have also received many one-off financial gifts which enable us to buy and replenish stock.

Dr Tim Fooks, High Sheriff of West Sussex, writes:

“During this crisis there has been a remarkable energy at work in Crawley which is seeing the vulnerable receive care, the homeless a bed and the distressed comfort.  Now the Easter Team as part of the Crawley Food Bank Partnership will ensure that no-one should become hungry, whatever the consequences of COVID-19.   

Therefore, if you are able to do so, please visit the website and give as generously as possible to this wonderful and important project.”

If you, or someone you know needs their help, please contact the helpline on 07940 900948 or email them at easterteamoffice@gmail.com   If you would like to make a donation, please contact their website at www.theeasterteam.org

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