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Local charities ‘Bowled Over’ by Crawley clubs donation

In 2018, the Downsman Bowls Club tradition of raising money for local and worthwhile charities continued



Club Chairman, Derek Godden, presenting the cheque to Rachel Chitty, the regional fundraiser at the Blind Veterans UK Centre in Ovingdean.

Over 30 years they have raised over £20,000 for charities such as St. Catherine’s Hospice, Sussex Air Ambulance, The Rainbow Trust and more recently, Autism Support Crawley and the Springboard Project.

Whilst bowling is the predominant focus of the club, supporting the community and helping charities is all part of their ethos.

In 2018 and indeed this year, the charity supported is Blind Veterans UK based in Ovingdean near Brighton.  Not only is this a great charity, but the club have a number of blind and visually impaired bowlers who make use of their facilities.

The Downsman Bowls Club raised £200 through raffles, clothes and card sales but the main fundraising event, a day of fun bowling, had to be cancelled twice due to the weather. This is the reason why they are supporting the charity again this year.

Last week, the club Chairman, Derek Godden, presented the cheque to Rachel Chitty, their regional fundraiser, at the Blind Veterans UK Centre in Ovingdean.

If you want to know more about the Downsman Bowls club, whether you fancy a go at bowls whatever your age or ability, take a look at their website or contact their captain, Tony Ludbrook at or on 07702 463198 orful Ac


All Crawley Co-op food stores set up as food banks for local charity

The new initiative, setup by Paul Taylor-Burr, an ambassador pioneer for Co-op and Ian WIlkins from Open House was started on the 3rd August.



In surely a first for any town an initiative will see every Co-op across Crawley now be able to take food donations.

Food bins have been placed in each of the Co-ops where shoppers are able to leave donations for Crawley Open House.

Currently collections will be taking place every Friday but if demand grows then more frequent ones will be organised.

Paul Taylor-Burr said:

“We are looking for donations of non perishable items such as Tuna, Rice Pudding, Cereal, Tea bags, Tinned Custard, Tinned Meat, Baked Beans.

The Open house do such magnificent work and the more we can show our belief and support for what they do the better.”

There are Co-ops stores in Langley Green, Pound Hill, Tilgate, Bewbush, Maidenbower and Ifield.

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