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Three Crawley projects amongst those to receive grants from Gatwick to support young and vulnerable people

Gatwick has announced the latest round of Gatwick Foundation Fund grants to five projects across Sussex that support young people, the elderly or vulnerable and disadvantaged groups.



The Posh Club in action

The Fund distributes a total of £300,000 in grants with the funding split evenly between projects in Sussex, Surrey and Kent, with each receiving £100,000 each year. To date, 118 organisations and more than 55,000 people have benefited from the Fund since it was launched late in 2016.

Three rounds of funding are announced every year and the Sussex-based projects below will receive the latest grants:

The Posh Club, Crawley – a weekly tea club for adults aged 65+ at risk of social isolation – styled as a tongue in cheek ‘posh’ 1940s high tea – with cabaret acts, waiters in black tie, vintage crockery, and an in-house pianist. The grant will help run the club, including hall hire for 16 weeks in the year, 5 weeks of core staff costs and 18 weeks of volunteer travel.

Age UK Horsham – aims to reduce poverty, loneliness and isolation and improve health and well-being among older people in the Horsham District. Funding enables Age UK to make 200-250 home visits to offer advice and support to older people who may be vulnerable, housebound or unable to travel.

Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex Home-Start – transforms the life chances of vulnerable local children and families, with trained volunteers providing emotional and practical support. Grant will go towards cost of delivering vital services for disadvantaged families with a child under 5 years.

Crawley Community Youth Service – delivers sessions to over 300 young people each week helping to raise their aspirations and improve their general wellbeing. Award will go towards hiring someone to run weekly cookery sessions, buy equipment, ingredients and prepare take-home resources – to encourage both cooking and team work as they will also deliver community meals.

East Grinstead Foodbank seeks to provide a minimum of three days emergency food for local people in need. Funding is to help meet key core costs of running the foodbank, including staff wages, rent and insurance of a warehouse.

Community Development Worker, Becca Lundberg, said:

“The Posh Club in Crawley provides sparkly, glamorous, warm hearted, weekly entertainment and social events specifically aimed at older people in their 70s, 80s and 90s who are sometimes lonely, a bit socially isolated or ‘don’t get out much’. The Club has now received two grants from the Gatwick Foundation Fund towards its ongoing running costs.”

Age UK East Grinstead & District Chief Operations Manager, Barry Gilbert said:

“Through our outreach service isolated and lonely older people who have not had any contact through the normal channels, have benefited greatly. It is only through grants and donations such as Gatwick’s that allows us to continue to do this kind of work and support our older people in the community.”

Gatwick’s Foundation Fund is part of the airport’s commitment to share the benefits the airport generates with its local communities. This work remains a priority and the proposals set out in Gatwick’s new draft master plan would see the airport generating even greater benefits for future generations.

Gatwick Airport’s Community Engagement Manager, Melanie Wrightson, said:

“We are delighted to be awarding another round of grants from our Foundation Fund to community projects across Sussex. Each organisation does incredible work and we have purposely chosen them as they help young people, vulnerable families or the elderly.

“We support community projects as it’s a great way for us to share some of the benefits we generate among local people who, perhaps may not directly benefit from the jobs or other economic contributions we bring to the region. Our exciting new draft master plan sets out how we might grow so that we can continue to support local communities with this vital investment for generations to come.”

Community Foundations

Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Foundations manage the programme and assess all applications for their county. These local trusts and foundations raise funds for and make grants to local charities and community groups, and also manage grant funds on behalf of a wide range of donors, including companies, charities and private individuals. To find out how to apply to the Gatwick Foundation Fund, please contact your local Community Foundation.

• Kent Community Foundation, 01303 814500
• Community Foundation for Surrey, 01483 478092
• Sussex Community Foundation, 01273 409440


More good news for Gatwick as SunExpress to launch non-stop flights to Antalya (that’s in Turkey if you didn’t know)



More good news for Gatwick as SunExpress is expanding its UK operations, announcing the launch of a new route between Gatwick Airport and Antalya from March 2021.

For the Turkish-German airline – a joint venture between Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines – the market has been an important part of the route network for several years with flights from London-Luton mainly catering for visiting friends and relatives.

Now the airline extends its offer for British holidaymakers. Starting on 28 March 2021, SunExpress will launch three weekly flights between London Gatwick and Antalya, offering passengers an ideal destination for the Easter holiday period. From 28 May, this route will be served daily.

On 26 March, SunExpress is also set to launch another new flight from Manchester to Antalya. The route will be served twice per week before passengers will have a choice of four weekly connections starting 30 May.

“After a year of staying at home, the people of Britain deserve a sunny holiday”, said Peter Glade, CCO of SunExpress. “Our new services to Antalya will allow the British people to arrive at their well-deserved holiday destination, in a fast and relaxed manner, and for a competitive price, experiencing our unique SunExpress service.”

Stephen King, Head of Airline Relations, Gatwick Airport said:

“We are delighted to welcome SunExpress to Gatwick from March. Antalya has been an increasingly popular destination in recent years, with an average temperature of more than 20 degrees between May and October making it a great Mediterranean getaway.

“The addition of SunExpress’ three weekly flights from Gatwick in March – increasing to daily flights from May – is excellent news for passengers looking to book an Easter or summer break and will also offer passengers across London and the South East even greater choice when planning holidays.

“Despite the turbulent time the aviation industry has suffered this year, slots at Gatwick remain in high demand, so it is positive news to be able to welcome SunExpress to the airport.” The new routes from Gatwick and Manchester are already available for bookings through tour operators, travel agencies as well as

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