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Southern Rail train drivers smash rowathon target

Three train drivers from Southern Rail have smashed their fundraising target by relay-rowing the distance from London to Paris in 24 hours on Brighton Station concourse.

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Richard Brown (centre) with Richard Quinn (left) and Gary Harman (right) have raised almost £6,000 for Cancer Research UK

Three train drivers from Southern Rail have smashed their fundraising target by relay-rowing the distance from London to Paris in 24 hours on Brighton Station concourse.

The trio are on their way to tripling their target of £2,000 for Cancer Research UK with a staggering £1,541 raised by bucket collectors alone and a further £4,200 in pledges plus donations on their sponsorship page.

Driver competency manager Richard Quinn and drivers Gary Harman and Richard Brown came away with raw hands but not too many aches and pains after the rowing machine marathon that began at 12 noon on Friday (11 January).

Richard Quinn, 42, from Portslade, said:

“Everything went to plan and we were amazed by the amount of support we got from everyone. We had many people telling us inspirational and sadly tragic stories about how cancer had affected their lives, which only pushed us on more.

“I think we all suffered between 3-6am but once the station opened again on Saturday and people started to arrive it became easier.”

All three have had their lives touched by cancer. A colleague of theirs, who was only in his thirties, died from the disease recently.

Richard added:

“Our colleague’s death at such a young age affected us all. In the past year, five of my direct family members plus work colleagues have been diagnosed or treated for cancer. Sadly, I’ve known of several deaths because of this cruel disease.”

Richard’s father, 71, who was successfully treated for colorectal cancer, came along to support his son.

Richard Brown, 37, and also from Brighton, said:

“I lost my best friend Elena to Non-Hodgkin lymphoma two years ago after a long battle. It made me painfully aware of just how cruel and non-discriminating cancer could be.”

The drivers’ sponsorship page remains up and running for donations at https://bit.ly/2sdmYrR

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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.

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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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