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Show your support as new local fire & rescue recruits brave 24hrs in breathing apparatus for charity



Twelve West Sussex firefighter recruits are braving the cumbersome Fire Service Breathing Apparatus for a whole 24 hours between them in order to raise money for three valuable charities.

The recruits are raising money for the Firefighters Charity, Macmillan Cancer Support and Air Ambulance Kent Surrey & Sussex.

The apparatus they are wearing for 24hrs.

They began their 24hr challenge at 5pm this evening (14th Nov) and will work between them to ensure they cover the whole 24hrs.

Each firefighter keeps the apparatus on until their air runs out, at which point it is then the turn of their colleague to take over, (with fresh air supplies of course!).

The twelve firefighters are nearing the end of their intensive initial training and this is their way of showing support for charities they wish to help.

You can show your support by donating at their Just Giving page by clicking here.


Crawley community winner is runner up in BBC Heroes Award

A local resident who was a winner in this years community awards has scooped a runners up place with the BBC Heroes Awards.



The awards ceremony took place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Crawley earlier this week.

Jane Green, the local 2019 Crawley Community Hero winner was nominated and shortlisted from 280 applicants across Sussex, Surrey and NE Hamps.

There were just three finalists and Jane finished as runner-up.  

Delighted with her achievement she said she had no idea about the ‘amazing and yet vast reach’ of the event.  

She said:

“The actual individual stories about the inspiring individual or in some case teams brought tears to the eyes.”

Dame Judi Dench gave a wonderful message to the inspiration Winner, cyclist Patrick McIntosh.  

Jane was and is a carer for her children with medical needs and eldest who is autistic.  She also cares for her elderly parents.  

She has worked helping children and adults with SEND professionally and voluntarily.  

After becoming disabled she dedicated herself to helping those with medically unexplained symptoms that were often ignored and also disabled.

She helps Carers Support West Sussex as a Truste and also volunteers for the national EDS UK Support charity and runs SEDS, Sussex Ehlers-Danlos Support and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder with positive activities in Sussex.  

Advocating  for #actuallyautistic people in north Sussex and those with visible and invisible disabilities and conditions she ensures that from social care to health,  to transport needs at Gatwick there is ’nothing about us without us’.

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