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Springboard Crawley in danger of closure after reports council increases rent by 30%

The Langley Green site may have to close if the rent increase happens.

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The community based charity that provides play and leisure opportunities for families with young children as well as short breaks for children and teenagers with disabilities may be forced to leave its current location.

Reports, if correct, say the charity is being asked to pay a 30% increase on the rent taking it from £20k to £26k, an amount the charity says it cannot afford.

According to an insider the charity has tried to speak to the council about the increase but found them very unresponsive.

It is thought that if they are forced to close the Langley Green site then the charity would look to continue a Crawley service by hiring halls and rooms around the town.

More News: Springboard are not closing because we were increasing the rent – say Leader of Crawley Council

Another concern comes from the fact that West Sussex Council paid for the charity to have a accessible chair lift fitted into the building leaving questions as to what would happen to it if they are forced to leave.

Some of the reports say that the council is looking for commercial rent for the premises, but in-fact the end-of-terrace house is more akin to a residential offer than commercial.

Crawley MP Henry Smith tweeted:

With so many questions to be answered Crawley Borough Council has been approached for comment.

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Don’t miss out on the Lymphoedema Awareness Workshop at Crawley Hospital

The workshop is being held in March.

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As part of Lymphoedema Awareness Week 2019, which is 3rd – 9th March, the Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre is holding a Lymphoedema Information and Education Workshop on Wednesday 6th March 2-4 p.m at
The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre, Wentworth House, Crawley Hospital, West Green Drive, Crawley RH11 7DH.

This workshop will be led by Yvette Jordan, UK Lymphology Clinics Training Director and she will be supported by Olive Tree volunteer therapists Anna Parsons and Juliette Cross.

Affecting 1 in 5 patients, lymphoedema is a distressing condition and a known side effect of cancer treatment. It is caused because the flow of fluid within the lymphatic system has been disrupted because of surgery and having lymph nodes removed. 

This makes it harder for the lymph fluid to drain away which means that this excess fluid can then build up between the tissues and cause swelling of the arm, leg or surrounding area. 

Lymphoedema can develop weeks, months or even years after cancer treatment but early diagnosis by healthcare professionals and treatment by specialist lymphoedema therapists can help to reduce the severity of the condition.

Attendance will be of great value to anyone affected by cancer, including patients and healthcare professionals and will provide everything they need to know about lymphoedema. 

Topics covered will include:

• What is Lymphoedema?

• How does Lymphoedema happen?

• Who is most at risk?

• Recognising clinical signs of early Lymphoedema

• Best methods and early applications for a preventative approach

• Questions and answers

Yvette Jordan, who will be leading the workshop said:

“Much more awareness is needed with early intervention which is essential to help patients manage this disabling disease”.

To book your place on this informative workshop for 2-4 p.m. please call 01293 534465

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