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How more than 600 runners have helped a Crawley school raise almost £7k for NHS

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They have come together as a community to support the NHS but in a very unique way.

Starting out as a Sussex football community initiative it was picked up by Head of PE from Oriel High School, Ryan Ashley putting forward the challenge after himself running the 5K and donating some money.

Since then another 619 runners have taken part who are a mix of teachers, students, parents, carers and even friends of the school with some running from as far afield as New Zealand, Abu Dhabi and South Africa.

So far they have raised an amazing £6744.

Ryan Ashley said:

“We’re so proud of the support that all sections of the Oriel community have given towards such a great cause and initiative.

The school’s fundraising efforts have gained recognition from sports stars Dina Asher-Smith, Jofra Archer, Delray Rawlins and Karen Pickering MBE, as well as from Kevin Keehan & Scott Kirkwood who set up the Run5k4NHS initiative and the BSUH charity themselves.”

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Goffs Park’s kiosk reopens in Crawley

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The kiosk in Goffs Park is now open and offering visitors the chance to buy light refreshments.

Newly branded as The Café, an independent business has taken over the running of the kiosk from Crawley Borough Council which last opened in late summer 2019.

The Café is offering a range of snacks, drinks and ice creams from only £1. Pitch and putt prices are £3 per child, £4 seniors and £5 adults.

Goffs Park pitch and putt is an 18-hole course suitable for all ages and abilities. The course is open every day from 10am-6pm. All golf clubs are to be handed back to the kiosk no later than 6pm.

Councillor Chris Mullins said

“This is a great opportunity for the park and will make the visitors experience better giving the visitors a chance to quench their thirst or hunger while enjoying all that Goffs Park has to offer.”

For more details visit crawley.gov.uk/goffspark or search for Goffs Park Café on Facebook.

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