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It’s the BIG Crawley Sleepout tonight

The Big Crawley Sleepout takes place this evening, Thursday 21 March – a fundraising event aiming to support homeless and vulnerable people in Crawley.



A partnership between Crawley Open House and YMCA Crawley (part of YMCA DownsLink Group), almost 90 people are coming to this mass sponsored sleepout in the centre of Crawley town.

Local businesses, councillors and members of the public are spending a night under the stars to raise vital funds so the two organisations can continue to help the county’s most disadvantaged people.

With West Sussex County Council planning to cut housing related support funding from £6.3m now to £2.3m by 2020/21, and increasing demand for these services, it’s a really uncertain time for charities like these.

Communities are powerful, and the message here is that they will help fight for Crawley Open House and YMCA Crawley. Funds raised will be split jointly between the organisations to help homeless and vulnerable people.  

Crawley Open House provides support and services for those suffering the effects of homelessness, unemployment, loneliness, discrimination, or other forms of social exclusion. YMCA Crawley is part of YMCA DownsLink Group, a charity in Sussex and Surrey committed to helping young people. YMCA Crawley supports over 80 young people in housing crisis, helping with housing and employment opportunities.

Where: Queens Square, Crawley

When: 7pm on Thursday 21 March until 6.30am on Friday 22 March


Aged 9-15? Auditions announced for this years panto at The Hawth

The Hawth, in partnership with Evolution Productions are looking for girls to be part of the Juvenile Ensemble for their spectacular pantomime, DICK WHITTINGTON this Christmas!



Registration will take place at 10am on Saturday 22 June 2019 at The Hawth.

To audition you must be between the ages 9–15 (inclusive) on 1 September 2019 and be under 5’ 2”.

Producers say that auditions will end approximately 2 hours after the start time but you may need to stay longer if you are successful.

You don’t need to prepare anything – you’ll be taught a routine on the day. They ask you come wearing comfortable clothes and soft/dance shoes and advise that you bring some water, but no other food or drink.

They added, “Pantomime is a huge team effort, and we will require full commitment for the rehearsal period and the full run of the production (Monday 25 November 2019 – Sunday 5 January 2020).”

Click here to download an audition registration form.

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