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Concerns for missing Oliver Ryan in West Sussex

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Police are searching for 31-year old Oliver Ryan, who has not been seen since he ran off from two carers while visiting Worthing town centre shortly before midday on Thursday (18th September).

Oliver Ryan - missing

Oliver, who is white, 6′, of medium build, with short dark hair and blue eyes, was wearing a jacket which was blue at the bottom and white at the top, a blue t-shirt, blue jeans and blue trainers.

Although he has been staying at a hospital in Surrey, he has connections in West Sussex, including Arundel, Bognor and Chichester.

PC Mark Green of the West Sussex Missing Persons Team said; “We are increasingly concerned for Oliver’s welfare and anyone who sees him is asked to contact us via or phone 101 quoting serial 704 of 18/9.”

Become a member of Sussex Community NHS Trust (SCT) today – it’s Free!

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Sussex Community NHS TrustCOL

You may be surprised to know that 90% of NHS healthcare is delivered in the community.

SCT is the main provider of community healthcare in Sussex. Our vision is to provide excellent care at the heart of the community. We provide over 90 services from health visiting, to supporting people with long-term conditions such as diabetes and the frail elderly, helping them to live healthy, independent lives and avoid unnecessary admissions to hospital.

We are aiming to become an independent NHS Foundation Trust with local ownership and accountability, and we are asking you to support our application and join us. We currently have over 4,000 members but are aiming for 5,000 by the end of the year to ensure that we have a representative body of public members of different ages and backgrounds.

As a member you can have a direct say in how we develop our services. Membership is free and open to anyone aged 12 or above living in Brighton & Hove, West Sussex and nearby. You can be as involved as you would like to be from simply receiving our newsletter or completing surveys, to attending meetings or standing for election as a governor. If you would like to join or get more information please contact us via the details below, or go to our website to register online at

We are promoting our plans by attending public and community group events in your area such as:

Crawley Young Persons Council Meeting – September 2014

Young Crawley Youth Forum – September 2014

Youth Carers Group Meeting – October 2014

Young Crawley Children & Families Forum – October 2014

CVS Health & Safety Event – October 2014

Mid Sussex Health & Wellbeing Group – October 2014

Youth Cabinet Health & Wellbeing Conference – October 2014

If you would like more details on any of the above, or for us to attend your meeting or event please contact us via the details below:


Telephone: 01273 242127

Post: FREEPOST RSXG-XTCJ-BBBT, Foundation Trust Membership Office, Sussex Community NHS Trust, Brighton General Hospital, Elm Grove, Brighton BN2 3EW


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Work set to start on Tilgate Park access road next week

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Work preparing for a new access road into Tilgate Park is set to start next week.

Plans to create new visitor access from the K2 Crawley junction into Tilgate Park (off the A23), were agreed recently and work to fell trees will start on Monday.

172 trees will need to be felled to make space for works but at least the same number of trees will be planted in the park when work is completed next year.

Limiting disruption to hibernating animals is the reason for the quick start on works and an ecologist will be on site daily during the four week tree-felling process; Tilgate Nature Centre staff will also be assisting.

Over the last couple of years the council has made a number of improvements across the whole park; some funded through the council and others through working with partners such as Go Ape, Smith and Western, Dynamic Adventures and Groundwork at the Walled Garden Cafe.

It’s always been a busy park during fine weather and the improvements have seen visitor numbers increase.

The improvements will see the existing emergency access road widened to allow two-way traffic flow and 30 new spaces added to the main car park.

Councillor Chris Mullins, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture, said: “We’ve taken the decision to start this element of the work so quickly so we don’t disturb any hibernating animals. As well as being a great visitor attraction, the park is an important local environment for wildlife and we want to limit disruption through work as much as possible.

“The road will allow visitors to get to the park without driving through the neighbourhood and also make exiting the park much quicker and easier. We hope a new cycle path, which is yet to receive funding approval, and a potential bus route into the park will also encourage people to use sustainable transport to get there.”

The scheme features a number of other improvements including improved coach parking and a safer pedestrian area.

Entrances and exits to the park will be open as often as possible during the build, which is expected to be complete by summer 2015.

There Will Be No Chance Of Sleeping Through This Beauty Of A Panto

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Friday 12th December 2014 to Sunday 4th January 2015

Following the massive success of Cinderella, popular TV presenter Stephen Mulhern who was such a hit in last year’s show returns in Sleeping Beauty.

Sleeping Beauty 2014-2

Last year’s Ugly Sisters Ian Smith (who again directs) and Michael Batchelor also return, this time as The King and Dame Trott.

Evolution’s first ever pantomime at The Hawth, the same production team return with the timeless tale of Sleeping Beauty.

Expect all the ingredients of a festive family treat – glamour, romance, comedy, song and audience participation!

Sleeping Beauty 2014

The cast this year includes Stephen Mulhern as the Storyteller, Cat Sandion (CBeebies) who plays the Fairy, Hilary O’Neil is the Wicked Queen, Ian Smith as the King, Michael Batchelor plays Nurse Nellie and  Lauren Cocoracchio (local actress, born in Crawley) is Sleeping Beauty.

CHT were invited to the photo shoot on Friday at The Hawth and were very pleased to see our good friends Ian, Michael and of course Stephen again. We also got to meet the winner of the competition held by The Hawth to find a sleeping beauty for this years panto, Lauren Cocoracchio.

Listen to what they all had to say:

Shelley speaks to Hilary O’Neil:

Shelley speaks to Stephen Mulhern:

Shelley speaks to Ian Smith & Michael Batchelor:

Shelley speaks to Lauren Cocoracchio & Cat Sandion:

To book your tickets call the Box Office on 01293 553636 or go online at 

Asda Donate More To Local Projects

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Asda are the leading champions for the community and projects within it.

Asda Promo

The Monday Munch Club is based at Broadfield Community Centre and operates from 10.30 – 12.30.  It is run by volunteers from the church.

Recently they did a food collection in Asda and distributed food to those in need.

The Asda foundation gave them £292 towards equipment for the continued upkeep and running of the service.

The club is open to everybody and charges a small amount of money so that people in the local community can eat & drink.

Cheap Tobacco Was Just A Sniff Away

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

A sniffer dog helped uncover illegal tobacco worth £2,000 during a raid in Crawley yesterday.


Pheobe was used by trading standards officers from West Sussex County Council and discovered 260 packets of illicit cigarettes and 103 pouches of loose tobacco at a Crawley business on Monday, September 8. The haul is estimated to have a street value of around £2,000.

The officers carried out the raid on the business following a tip off from a member of the public.  An investigation has now been launched.

Lionel Barnard, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services with responsibility for Trading Standards, praised the work of the team and said: “It’s great to see action against the supply of illegal tobacco, hitting local supply chains and warning dealers that sales will not be tolerated.

“The illegal trade undermines efforts to reduce smoking and is unfortunately accessible through many sources within some communities, making it easier for children to start smoking and enabling them to become hooked at a young age.

“Cheap cigarettes also make it easier for non-smokers to start and ex-smokers to relapse.”

The raid was also part of West Sussex County Council’s support of the Stoptober campaign – which encourages smokers in West Sussex to quit by giving them free one-to-one help and support.

Most of the cigarettes seized yesterday were fake Amber Leaf and Golden Virginia rolling tobacco along with brands such as Benson & Hedges that had probably been smuggled into the UK to avoid taxes.

Anyone with information about illegal tobacco sales can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or report via the West Sussex website at

For advice about quitting smoking call 0300 100 1823 or visit

The business raided yesterday is now the subject of an ongoing investigation so will not be named at this point.

Drink Driver Minesh To Appear In Court

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

A 35-year-old man, Minesh Parbat, of Gregory Close, Crawley, has been bailed to appear before Crawley magistrates on 24th September, charged with causing the death by dangerous driving of Lisa Marie Watling, 28, and driving with excess alcohol.

It follows a fatal road traffic collision on the A2011 Crawley Avenue on 9th March this year. Lisa was a very much loved member of our community, a mother, sister, daughter, auntie and a good friend to many. 

Lisa was adored and loved by many and is sorely missed

Lisa was adored and loved by many and will be sorely missed

Did You See This Incident?

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Police are appealing for witnesses after a dog walker was attacked by a man for trying to defend her pet.

The 48-year-old victim was walking her Jack Russell on a footpath between Matthews Drive and Bennett Close in Crawley at 11.15am on Saturday (6th September) when she saw a man and woman with three dogs coming towards her.

The man and woman had two brown Boxers and an English bulldog. Only one of the Boxers was on a lead while the other two dogs were loose.

The Boxer off the lead jumped onto the Jack Russell so the victim shouted to the couple to keep their pets on a lead.

The man then approached the victim, shouted abuse at her and then struck her in the face before the couple walked away with their animals.

He was was 5′ 5″, tanned, in his mid 30s and of heavy build. He had a shaved head, a black goatee and dark eyes.

He was wearing a black t-shirt featuring a red logo with white stitched writing around it and khaki brown combat-style shorts.

The woman was about 5′ 6″, pale, in her mid 30s and slim. She had gaunt features and grey or blonde dyed long hair tied back in a ponytail. She was wearing dark clothes.

PC Kelly Wyatt said: “Fortunately the victim was not seriously injured other than suffering a sore neck but she has been left badly shaken by what happened.

“The woman called the man John during the attack but we do not know who he is.

“I need to speak to anyone who was in the area and may have seen the couple with their dogs or who recognises the description of the man and woman.

“If you know anything at all, please get in touch.”

Anyone with information should email quoting serial 648 of 06/09, call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Luton Airport Evacuated After Suspicious Item Found

Monday, September 8th, 2014

The decision has been taken with the Police to ensure the safety and security of passengers and staff.

Luton Airport

All incoming flights have been suspended and the approach road to the Airport has also been closed.

Passengers are advised to contact their airlines to establish the status of their flights.

We understand passengers will be frustrated by the delays they are experiencing.

We are working closely with the police to ensure passengers are not inconvenienced unnecessarily but we must ensure that the safety and security of all our passengers and staff remains our top priority.

We are advising passengers to contact their airlines for information about specific flights and will provide a further update as soon as we are able.

Here is a link for  list of airlines and their contact details.

A Successful Jobs Fair For Crawley

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Dozens of young people attended the first Crawley Apprenticeship Job Fair on Tuesday (2nd September).

Crawley Jobs Fair

The successful event, in the Civic Hall, saw 13 training organisations offering at least 100 apprenticeship job vacancies and traineeship opportunities across the north of West Sussex. These ranged from Business Administration to Fire Engine Mechanic and Housing Manager to Swimming Teacher.

Backed by Crawley Borough Council and West Sussex County Council, the event aimed to match those looking for employment with training with employers looking to recruit their future workforce.

Attendees, mostly school and college leavers aged between 16 and 19, were able to find out about apprenticeships, talk about and apply for the vacancies.

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council, visted the fair on Tuesday. He said: “It was great to see so many young people attending this event and the huge number of current vacancies and training opportunities on offer.

“Apprenticeships are a great way to develop skills and experience while gaining qualifications and working. We’re committed to supporting apprentices at the council and events such as this.”

Jeremy Hunt, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Schools, said: “We are delighted that so many young people turned up to this event.

“Apprenticeships is something we support strongly as a county council. There is a growing interest in apprenticeships as a route to achieving valuable qualifications through paid work and training, post 16.”

Lauren King, Workforce and Business Development Manager at Central Sussex College, said: “It was great to see so many keen young people at this event looking at the apprenticeship job vacancies we currently have available.

“The event was without doubt a great success and we are delighted to have been involved in its planning and organisation. Anyone who missed the event but is looking for an apprenticeship can get in touch with our Job Shop for details of current vacancies on 01293 442341 or by email at

For more information about apprenticeships and to view and apply for current vacancies visit

A Convicted Rapist Is On The Run

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Have you seen convicted rapist Sarbaz Najmadeen Ali?

The 28-year-old has gone on the run after standing trial for a serious of sexual offences against a then 23-year-old man in Hastings last year.


Ali had been granted bail by Hove Crown Court that allowed him to leave the dock during the lunch break in his trial as long as he did not leave the building.

However on Thursday (4 September), part way through the judge’s summing up during the trial, Ali fled from the court and disappeared. Officers have so far been unable to trace him.

The jury convicted Ali in his absence of rape, attempted rape and three counts of sexual assault. All of the offences were against the same victim.

A warrant has now been issued for the arrest of Ali, of Stockleigh Road, St Leonards, who previously worked as a barber in the town.

Ali is 5′ 7″ and when he fled court he had black hair and heavy growth around his chin.

Detective Constable Julian Stokes said: “There is no evidence to suggest that Ali will commit further offences while he is at large but we need to find and arrest him as quickly as possible.

“The jury has found him guilty of these nasty offences but his victim does not have justice yet as Ali has not been punished.

“If you have seen Ali or have any information about where he could be, please contact us.”

Anyone with information should email, call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

The Third Annual 50/50 Yomp Was A Hoofing Success

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Now in its third year, the 50/50 Yomp was another great success.


With a target of £11,000, all of which goes directly to the charity ‘Help Our Wounded Heroes & Supporting Arms’, the men and woman set off from Brighton on the 30th August for the 50 mile walk to Portsmouth. Easy, you would think….it would be if it was not carrying 50 pounds of weight in a rucksack! The 50 miles was to be spread out over two days.

We invited David over to CHT HQ for a chat and he bought three of the yompers with him.

David Lilburn MBE told us “The weekend went very well. It was very hard mind. We had a team of 21 and the same again in support consisting of the campsite, medical and the general vehicle support personnel along the route. I am so proud of the yompers. We had some slight injuries, nothing serious, but all in all it was a great yomp and everyone did so well.”

We asked David why they do the yomp. David told us “we started this to commemorate the Falklands War as it was 30 years anniversary when we first did it. Three of us were assigned to the Falklands whilst serving. The yomp was so popular, we decided to do it again….and again, and we will do it again next year.”

Shelley speaks to David, Cai, Jason and John:

Para trained Cai Ives left the Army in December told us “Dave asked me if I wanted to do the 50/50 yomp last year but I was unable due to work commitments. I underestimated it to be honest. It allot harder than I thought it would be.”

The only non Marine we spoke to in the group Jason Aldridge told us “this was my second time doing the yomp. I trained for it as I knew how hard it would be. It is a great cause and well worth the pain.”

Pictures from the weekend:

John Hunt has participated in all three yomps and is already booked in to do it again next year. John told us “when you are doing it, you think you will not do it again, but that soon subsides after and you just have to do it again. I wouldn’t miss it.”

If you wish to donate and see more pictures please visit the website here. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

We look forward to meeting up with the men and woman for this years Sleigh Pull in November!


World Suicide Prevention Day – recognising and dealing with suicidal thoughts

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014


In support of World Suicide Prevention Day on Wednesday 10th September, West Sussex County Council is reminding people of the support which is available to anyone who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts.

The advice is if you are going through a difficult time or are worried about someone else, don’t go through it alone…TALK:

  • Tell someone what you are thinking and how you are feeling;
  • Ask for their help or seek help;
  • Listen to their advice or seek advice from others; and
  • Know who to call in a crisis and keep the number with you at all times.

Christine Field, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing, said: “There are things we can all do to raise awareness of the signs to look out for, and know what to do if we are worried about someone.

“It’s vital that we continue to encourage people to feel that they can talk about their problems. It is so important for anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts to realise that they are not alone, that there are people who can offer confidential and non-judgmental support and advice.

“Your GP is often the best place to start, who can suggest treatment and if necessary refer you to a specialist who may be able to help more.”

Helplines, websites and support groups:

Tel: 08457 909090
There are also Samaritans branches in West Sussex: Bognor on 01243 826333, Horsham on 01403 276276 and Worthing on 01903 205555.

Papyrus: a service for young people at risk of suicide
Tel: 0800 0684141

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM): a service for young men Tel: 0800 585858

Tel: 0800 1111

Tel: 0300 123393

Tel: 0845 7678000

It’s not too late to enrol at Central Sussex College this September!

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Central Sussex College

Places are still available on a range of full and part-time courses at Central Sussex College’s campuses located across Sussex. Students can gain valuable qualifications and skills to help them find a job, go on to further study, and achieve their goals.

The College offers an excellent variety of courses ranging from entry level to university and post-graduate level. Financial support packages are also available to help with study costs, so if you think you can’t afford it – think again!

Drop in to the College’s Crawley campus before Friday 5th September for further advice and support and to enrol!

For information about the courses available call 01293 442201/205/206 or visit

Celebrating beauty in beautiful Burgess Hill

Friday, August 22nd, 2014
(L to R) Dave Farmer, Nikki Hughes, Amy Howe, Lianne Bishop, Julia Gargett, Amanda Tanner Hammond, Sasha Hawkins, Tammy Mcdermid

(L to R) Dave Farmer, Nikki Hughes, Amy Howe, Lianne Bishop, Julia Gargett, Amanda Tanner Hammond, Sasha Hawkins, Tammy Mcdermid

Aspire Sussex hairdressing, health and beauty students have been recognised for their achievements at an awards event in Burgess Hill.

The annual event was organised by Aspire Sussex to celebrate the achievements of the Health and Beauty department at Marle Place Adult Education Centre in Burgess Hill.

More than 35 students attended the event and local salon and business owners were also invited which provided a fantastic networking opportunity with tutors and students to give practical advice and feedback.

Aspire Sussex Head of Operations, Judith McManus said: “Our students work extremely hard on these courses and this event is a brilliant opportunity to congratulate them on their achievements over the year.”

“We are very proud of the number of students who go on to get jobs within salons and spas or set up their own business. The quality of teaching is highly regarded by local employers and as usual our team are looking forward to welcoming new students on courses starting in September.”

The winners were:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing, Student of the year – Nikki Hughes
  • Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing, Achiever of the year – Amanda Tanner-Hammond
  • Level 2 Diploma Hairdressing in Hairdressing, Special achievement award – Tammy McDermid
  • Level 3 Certificate in Swedish Massage, Student of the year – Billy Chan
  • Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Student of the Year – Lisette Richards
  • Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Achiever of the Year – Ursula Yost
  • Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Achiever of the Year – Hayley Jones

There are still some places left on Hair, Beauty and Complementary Therapy qualification courses starting in September.

To find out more about courses in Burgess Hill please contact 01444 810710, visit or email

Concerned County Councillors call public meeting on proposed Fire service cuts

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

County Councillors are challenging proposals by West Sussex County Council to cut back the number of firefighters and fire engines available.  The councillors are also criticising the rushed nature of the public consultation, with the council refusing to extend it beyond 23rd August, despite many people being away during the summer holidays.

County Councillors have become increasingly concerned about the proposals coming from West Sussex County Council to cut Fire and Rescue Services in West Sussex, and in particular the impact this is going to have on Crawley and towns in the north of the county.

The meeting will invite fire fighters, representatives of their unions and the public to hear of the concerns over the proposals, where the council may be cutting too much and to share their views over what should stay.

  • The county council has launched a consultation to cut £1.6 million from the county’s budget for the Fire and Rescue service;
  • If the cuts go through as proposed, Crawley will lose seven full-time firefighters, all ten retained firefighters and one of the station’s three fire engines;
  • There are cuts at all the other fire stations as well in the county putting further strain on the service.  The stations in Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill will see their capacity for fire prevention work slashed, as resources are stretched even further;
  • This is on top of £2.5 million of cuts to West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service already made by, announced in 2012, and
  • They have also timed the consultation for right in the middle of the summer holidays, despite this being a time when many people are away.

Despite this, County Councillors have pledged their determination to have a public meeting where West Sussex residents can have their say before the consultation period is over.

The meeting will be held at 7pm on Thursday 21st August 2014 at the Civic Hall, Crawley Town Hall, The Boulevard RH10 1UZ

As well as members of the public and the press being invited to attend, representatives of local firefighters will be attending to give their views on the potential impact of these proposed cuts on the resilience of West Sussex Fire and Rescue Services.




UPDATE: Michaela Has Now Been Found – Raised Concerns For Missing Michaela Covey

Friday, August 8th, 2014

UPDATE 08/08/14

Missing Littlehampton teenager Michaela Covey has been found safe and well.

Thank you to the public and the media for their help finding her.


Have you seen missing teenager Michaela Covey?

Michaela, known as Kayla, was last seen at a friend’s house in Pagham at about midday on Sunday (3rd August).

Michaela Covey

The 17-year-old, from Littlehampton, has not contacted family or friends since and officers are becoming increasingly concerned for her safety.

Michaela is white, six foot and very slim. She has shoulder length blonde hair swept over to one side. When she was last seen she was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms, a grey t-shirt, a hooded top and trainers.

PC Lee Simmonds said: “This is very much out of her character for Michaela. She has never been out of contact with her family for this long and has no money or mobile phone with her.

“If anyone has any idea where she is or where she has been, please contact us.”

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting serial 731 of 05/08 or email

Ian Moorey’s Sponsored Mile Swim

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Ian Moorey Swim

A man with learning disabilities has gone the extra mile and raised over £300 for Crawley charity Outreach 3 Way by taking part in a sponsored swim.

With the support of the charity’s Out There project Ian Moorey swam 64 lengths, the equivalent of a mile, in just over an hour. The owners of the K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley donated used of the pool’s lane for the swim that took place on 23rd July.

Out There has been supporting Ian to take swimming lessons since September and he’s improved week by week. At the beginning of summer he decided to use his hobby to raise money for two entertainment projects run by Outreach 3 Way. The money will go towards their in-house band, called The Coasters, and help fund their annual pantomime, in which Ian often plays a key role.

Ian said: “I feel good, my family enjoyed it. I was really quick in the pool and was really pleased about that. I’d like to get involved in swimming competitions and take my swimming further. The money will go towards the pantomime and band; both are very important to me and everyone can use the money.”

Kiri Baxter, Out There Sport and Leisure Development Officer, said: “We’re very proud of Ian and all he has achieved. He has trained very hard and the project has helped him grow in confidence both in the water and out of it. He is committed and passionate and his effort and enthusiasm show the need for sporting opportunities and access to community sessions for people with learning disabilities and autism.”

The Out There Sports and Leisure project was set up by Outreach 3 Way and now works alongside the Sport England funded Sports For All programme in Sussex.  Working with partner organisations, Outreach 3 Way’s Out There programme enables people like Ian to achieve their goals and aspirations in life.

Outreach 3 Way is a charity that provides support for people with learning disabilities and autism in Sussex. It is part of the national not-for-profit support provider Dimensions, which supports around 3,500 people with learning disabilities and autism across England and Wales.

For more information on the project, please contact Kiri Baxter on 01293 544773/ 07920 818894 or

Leon, 11, Is A Fund Raising Star!

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

At just 11 years old, young Leon has shown compassion and dedication in raising money for a local charity.

Leon Davey has made loom bands and created his own drawings to sell to raise money for his chosen charity, The Olive Tree. Leon even sold his PSP and saved up his own pocket money. Leon told us he wanted to raise the money for the Olive Tree as they looked after his Grandma when she had cancer. He told us “my Grandma still goes but has been clear now for 6 years”.

Nan, Leon, Mum and two brothers

Grandma, Leon, Mum and two brothers

Leon’s mum Emma Davey told us “I am so proud of Leon. He has done all of this off his own back. He has sold his personal belongings to raise more money and taken his own time to make the loom bands and drawings and then sell them on. The Olive Tree is a well deserving charity. They are all so good there.”

We met Leon, his two brothers, his Mum Emma and his Grandma when they attended The Olive Tree unit based at Crawley Hospital yesterday (Wednesday 30th) for the presentation of the £163.04 raised by this amazing young man.


Leon, his Grandma, two brothers and the staff from The Olive Tree

The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre is an independent charity providing a range of support to cancer patients, their carers and families. Formerly known as the cancer self-help group Crawley Cancer Contact, the group was co-founded in 1990 by Heather Goodare and others and was granted charitable status in 1992. The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre opened in its present location in the grounds of Crawley Hospital in July 2009.

The Olive Tree centre manager Marilyn Drury was overwhelmed by such a donation from one so young. Marilyn said “I think we would like to put this money to the Children’s Group as we have children here who have cancer and seeing as Leon is only 11 himself I think that would be a nice place for the money to go.”

We would like to thank Emma and Leon for allowing us into their home and to be part of the presentation. We were pretty taken back ourselves when after the interview Leon presented us with our very own loom band made by himself. We donated to his fund and went away with a big smile on our face.


Thank you Leon, we love our loom band

Amir Is A Knock Out Fund Raiser

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Amir Ali is using his time and energy to raise awareness and much needed funds for a well deserved plight.

Amir has already donated his purse from one mai tiah boxing match and is bout to donate another.

After spending a long time in prison Amir felt he needed to change the direction of his life. So Amir turned to training with Crawley Martial Arts Academy. Amir also donates every Sunday working in the kitchen at St Catherine’s Hospice.

Crawley Martial Arts Academy is a 5,000 sq ft modern purpose-built facility equipped to cater for thai boxing (muay thai) training, mixed-martial arts training (MMA), Jiu jitsu (BJJ), Wrestling, Boxing, Personal training and circuit training. Owner John Jarvis has worked tirelessly to make CMAA one of the most recognised academies in the South East.


Amir told us “it is like having a family when you come down here. John and his team are amazing and the club is rammed with champions of all kinds. They have really helped me to stay focused and fit, in body and in mind. The fight is sponsored by my good friend and local business owner Zaffer Khan. If it wasn’t for Zaffer, none of this would have been made possible.”

Along with his last fight and other various other events, Amir has raised around £11,500 for orphaned children in Gaza which he feels is a cause that should not be ignored. “we don’t need to hide the fact it is going on, we need to do something concrete to help them.”

In association with Metro Cars Amir will be fighting at the HG Wells Conference Centre on the 9th August and tickets can be bought from the conference centre or from Crawley Martial Arts Academy.

Amir Ali

Courtesy of Dave Forsdique

You can follow Amir on his facebook page here.

We would like to wish Amir all the best for his future and a win at his fight.