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Henry Smith MP: Working together to beat COVID-19

In his article Crawley MP Henry Smith talks about how the town is working together to beat Covid-19



From princes to prime ministers, clearly Coronavirus (COVID-19) does not discriminate. It is essential we all follow the Government’s rules: stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives. By doing so we will get beyond these distressing times together.

I am having continued discussions with local and national government on this fast-moving situation, and the range of measures in place to support people, businesses and public services. In a sign of the scale of this response, ExCeL London has been transformed into 2,000 bed NHS Nightingale Hospital. 

My thanks as well to the companies based in Crawley who are working to ensure increased production of ventilators for the NHS to treat COVID-19 patients. I am also grateful for Gatwick Airport’s contribution in providing use of their long-stay car park as a drive-through testing centre. This is initially for use by NHS staff and invited key workers on an appointment basis. 

I know that many people are wondering when the lockdown will end; the Government are being guided by the science and the best way we can ensure this happens as soon as possible is to stay at home now. 

As the great Sir Winston Churchill is reputed to have said during the dark days of World War II, “If you’re going through hell, keep going!” – Good advice I think for these challenging times too.  

Henry Smith MP

Crawley Constituency


Gatwick Fire Service to run marathon on airports runway for charity



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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