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Homelessness hits home at Crawley fundraiser

Electricity workers in Crawley have been fundraising and collecting food donations for a charity close to home.



Photo: Mel Oakley and Theresa Stevens, at UK Power Networks, with food donations for Crawley Open House.

UK Power Networks employees raised £177 yesterday from a dress down day collection in aid of Crawley Open House, in Stephenson Way.

The team are also collecting food donations until the end of the month including sauces, tinned meat, tuna and tomatoes.

Mel Oakley, who helped organise the event at UK Power Networks, said:

“It’s nice to help a local charity. One of our offices is next door to Crawley Open House and we have seen people heading there in all weathers looking for somewhere safe and warm to shelter.

“Our staff wanted to show they care and highlight the important support the centre gives to people living with the effects of homelessness, unemployment, loneliness and social exclusion.”

Ian Wilkins from Crawley Open House, added:

“Crawley Open House has been on the front line trying to look after the homeless and vulnerable locally for 25 years. We can only do this thanks to the magnificent support given by so many in our community, and we are so grateful to the team at UK Power Networks for their thoughtfulness and generosity, it’s massively appreciated.”

In 2019 UK Power Networks staff raised more than £160,000 as part of ‘community matters’ fundraising events, including bake sales and dress down days.

Crawley Open House is always looking for volunteers and donations to help those in need. To find out more visit the website


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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