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Over 340 families helped this Christmas by Crawley charity as News at Ten presenter lends a hand

Every year a local based charity tries to make a difference in the local community by providing families in financial difficulty with a solution for their Christmas meal and presents for the children,



The Greenaway Foundation, a charity that has evolved from local estate agency owner Darren Greenaway, has had its busiest year ever and helped more local families than ever before.

Darren began helping financially challenged families back in 2011 by providing them with the ingredients needed to cook a two course Christmas dinner. He felt this was the best way to give something back to the local community.

Over time the yearly initiative kept growing till this year there was a need for a much larger space in which to handle it.

With nominations coming from over fifty schools, council bodies and other charities it was evident that this year was going to be the busiest one yet.

Oriel High School in Maidenbower offered their facilities for two days and with with an army of over one hundred volunteers they managed to ensure that over three hundred and forty families received Christmas Eve deliveries that would transform their festive time.

Even News at Ten newsreader Nicholas Owen turned up to lend a hand with his family as well a provide moral support to the volunteers.

This year also marked third year of the wishing tree, where children from the families being helped could pop into the estate agents offices and make a wish for a present.  Along with the meals there were over seven hundred presents being delivered that each child had wished for.

By lunchtime all deliveries had been made, the school had been tidied up and the team were busy reviewing all the efforts to see where improvements could be made for Christmas 2020.


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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