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CHT Finger Puppet Archives 2009-2010

Friday, July 30th, 2010

On Thursday 4th March CHT finger puppet was asked down to The Railway to meet Jackie and her husband. It was a lovely evening full of laughter and giggles. CHT finger puppet also had a great time and took some pictures with their new friends to show you all.

Jackie was very taken with CHT finger puppet as you can see, or can you :-)

Stacey was not sure about CHT finger puppet

The Landlord was a bit shy when meeting CHT finger puppet, but they have that affect on some people

Two beautiful ladies were tickled red to meet CHT finger puppet

We here at Crawley Happy Times are starting to think that CHT finger puppet is getting way too big for their boots. But they do not have any boots, we hear you say. Well! Sharon Jones from Broadfield sent in this picture of her CHT finger puppet with legs…and arms! Love it Sharon. Well done. Do you have a CHT finger puppet?

Sharon Jones of Broadfield gave her CHT finger puppet a whole new look

On Saturday 27th February Crawley Happy Times took CHT finger puppet to see The Age of Tapes play at The Railway. Danny Dangerously invited us down and was really happy to get to meet CHT finger puppet for the first time, but hopefully not the last lol. Wonder who will want to meet CHT finger puppet next?

Danny Dangerously Meets CHT Finger Puppet

On Friday 12th February CHT finger puppet went mingling with the famous Ricky Whittle and friends. They did not get a chance to meet Ricky himself but his brother Chris was all for meeting CHT finger puppet,

Chris Whittle with CHT finger puppet

Chris Whittle was happy meeting CHT finger puppet

Think Chris fell in love that night

Think Chris fell in love that night

Best friends!

The lovely doorman asked if CHT finger puppet was out to play, as he had not seen them for a while. Think it made his day :-)

On Saturday 19th December ’09 CHT finger puppet was found mingling with the crowds in Crawley town. They popped into the Punch Bowl to see some old faces then off to Bar Med to watch London Soul perform their talents, playing soul and blues. Excellent! Were you out and about? Did you get to meet CHT finger puppet?

On Friday 11th December, 09 CHT finger puppet had an invite into town, so off they went. They had a jig at the Punch Bowl and then off to Bar Med to watch people fall off the Bucking Bronco then to have another jig to some great tunes belted out by resident DJ Mark Elliott. We think CHT finger puppet is starting to become a bit popular as we met some great people who wanted their picture taken, but only if they could have CHT finger puppet with them :-)

CHT finger puppet revelling with the party crew at the Punch Bowl

CHT finger puppet revelling with the party crew at the Punch Bowl

Our resident DJ at the Punch Bowl loving CHT finger puppet...Smile!

Our resident DJ at the Punch Bowl loving CHT finger puppet...Smile!

CHT finger puppet is becoming very popular

CHT finger puppet is becoming very popular

In fact, CHT finger puppet is becoming so popular, we are finding it hard to get a picture without them in! :-)

CHT finger puppet had a treat on Monday 14th December when he met Ron ‘Chopper’ Harris and Peter ‘The Cat’ Bonetti at the Pelham Buckle in Ifield. CHT finger puppet bumped into their friend Russell Jacob who wanted to be in the picture with both Ron and Peter (we think Russell has a soft spot for CHT finger puppet).

Ron 'Chopper' Harris and Russell Jacob with CHT finger puppet

Ron 'Chopper' Harris and Russell Jacob with CHT finger puppet

Russell Jacob and Peter 'The Cat' Bonetti with CHT finger puppet

Russell Jacob and Peter 'The Cat' Bonetti with CHT finger puppet

On Wednesday CHT finger puppet went to the Hawth Theatre to watch Joe Pasquale on stage performing his annual tour show. CHT finger puppet enjoyed it so much, they waited to meet Joe after the show. CHT finger puppet could not resist a picture with Joe. CHT fingr puppet took Shelley with him, as she really wanted to meet Joe too! Joe was one of the loveliest people they had met so far!

Shelley from Crawley Happy Times took CHT finger puppet to meet Joe Pasquale

Shelley from Crawley Happy Times took CHT finger puppet to meet Joe Pasquale

The weekend went with a bang and CHT finger puppet was sought after, therefore most of our pictures were with CHT finger puppet! We may have to intergrate both pages now, DOH! We think this had something to do with Steve McFadden taking a shine to our CHT finger puppet. This weekend CHT finger puppet visited the Apple Tree for Les Etchells 50th Birthday bash, then went on a little holiday to Horley for about an hour to see some friends there. After having a laugh with the girls CHT finger puppet came back from their mini holiday back to Crawley to visit the Punch Bowl where their fans were waiting for them! All that attention didn’t go to their head though. After a few drinks with friends it was off to Bar Med to see ‘The Outfit’ play. They were fantastic! We filmed them so you can put a date in your diary for when they come around again :-) Also took a little picture of Shelley’s Nan at bingo! Vera is 88!

Craig and friends at the Apple Tree

Craig and friends at the Apple Tree

Carly at The Forresters

Carly at The Forresters

Happy doorman at the Punch Bowl

Happy doorman at the Punch Bowl

Resident DJ Lucian at the Punch Bowl was a bit shy

Resident DJ Lucian at the Punch Bowl was a bit shy

The girls at the Forresters

The girls at the Forresters

(L-R) Lorraine, Ray and Tricia having a blast in the Punch Bowl

(L-R) Lorraine, Ray and Tricia having a blast in the Punch Bowl

The chirpy doormen at Bar Med

The chirpy doormen at Bar Med

Our Sam (Manager of Bar Med) busy as always

Our Sam (Manager of Bar Med) busy as always

Resident DJ Mark at Bar Med, loving CHT finger puppet

Resident DJ Mark at Bar Med, loving CHT finger puppet'The Outfit' at Bar Med

Shelley's Nan at Bingo with CHT finger puppet

Shelley's Nan at Bingo with CHT finger puppet

On Thursday 19th November the lights in Crawley were switched on by Steve McFadden also known to most of us as Phil Mitchel from Eastenders. We did not get to have our picture taken with Steve, but CHT finger puppet did!! Such a lucky puppet!
Steve McFadden with CHT finger puppet in the Mall in Crawley Town

Steve McFadden with CHT finger puppet in the Mall in Crawley Town

On Friday 13th November, ’09 CHT finger puppet was found in the Half Moon watching Chinchilla Zilla play. Chinchilla Zilla are a contemporary band playing various decades of songs, ranging from the 70’s right up to modern day.

Chinchilla Zilla are thinking of recruiting CHT finger puppet

Chinchilla Zilla are thinking of recruiting CHT finger puppet

CHT finger puppet thought they would make the best of their time at the Half Moon and shot a few games of pool, played the fruit machine and had a chat with the staff. What a life CHT finger puppet leads.

CHT finger puppet played some pool at the Half Moon

CHT finger puppet played some pool at the Half Moon

CHT finger puppet tried their luck on the fruit machine - and lost!

CHT finger puppet tried their luck on the fruit machine - and lost!

CHT finger puppet doesn't drink alcohol, but took a fancy to Red Bull

CHT finger puppet doesn't drink alcohol, but took a fancy to Red Bull

The barman from the Half Moon took a fancy to CHT finger puppet

The barman from the Half Moon took a fancy to CHT finger puppet

It was then off to The Tilgate for some dancing therapy with resident DJ Gordon Skeggs and friends.

Our Gordon was chuffed to see his little friend again...Arrrrr

Our Gordon was chuffed to see his little friend again...Arrrrr

Sandra and Faye with CHT finger puppet at the Tilgate. Faye had quite a glint in her eye...s

Sandra and Faye with CHT finger puppet at the Tilgate. Faye had quite a glint in her eye...s

Then it was time to go to town, but CHT finger puppet left it too late and everything was closed! Off home they went.

CHT finger puppet ponced a lift into town with two lovely young lads. Thanks guys!

CHT finger puppet ponced a lift into town with two lovely young lads. Thanks guys!

On Friday 6th November, ’09 CHT finger puppet was found at the Hawth, the tribute band ‘No Jacket Required’ with lead singer Dave Whitehouse. CHT finger puppet loved seeing Dave and even got to see some of their finger puppet friends that they had not seen for a while. You can read all about this brilliant and talented band under the out and about page.

Phil Collins aka Dave Whitehouse with CHT finger puppet

Phil Collins aka Dave Whitehouse with CHT finger puppet

Tribute band 'No Jacket Required' unite CHT finger puppet with some long lost friends

Tribute band 'No Jacket Required' unite CHT finger puppet with some long lost friends

CHT finger puppet had a great time but had to leave early to go to the Wingspan to see some fireworks.

CHT finger puppet enjoying the fireworks at the Wingspan

CHT finger puppet enjoying the fireworks at the Wingspan

Lisa & Simon (loved up couple) with CHT finger puppet at the Wingspan

Lisa & Simon (loved up couple) with CHT finger puppet at the Wingspan

Shelley, Michelle and CHT finger puppets down the Wingspan

Shelley, Michelle and CHT finger puppets down the Wingspan

We would like to thank everyone who invited Crawley Happy Times along to their evening and for putting up with CHT finger puppet, who can be a realy hand full, well just about lol! :-)
And thank you to Dave Whitehouse who bought a CHT finger puppet with all proceeds going to St. Catherine’s Hospice x
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On Friday 30th October, ’09 CHT finger puppet went out on the town. Their first visit was to the Half Moon in Southgate to see The Analysir, Curly Debs and DJ Mac spin the decks. DJ Mac took a shine to CHT finger puppet and gave him a go on the decks. Nice one DJ Mac!
CHT finger puppet on the decks at the Half Moon with DJ Mac

CHT finger puppet on the decks at the Half Moon with DJ Mac

CHT finger puppet on their visit to the Half Moon in Southgate

CHT finger puppet on their visit to the Half Moon in Southgate

Then they were off to the Wingspan to see Ray Owen’s Juicy Lucy perform. CHT finger puppet loved it down there!

Straight to the bar for a well deserved pint

Straight to the bar for a well deserved pint

CHT finger puppet enjoying bopping around to the live music of Juicy Lucy

CHT finger puppet enjoying bopping around to the live music of Juicy Lucy

Ray Owen, lead singer of Juicy Lucy with Shelley & CHT finger puppet

Ray Owen, lead singer of Juicy Lucy with Shelley & CHT finger puppet

Shelley from Crawley Happy Times shows off CHT finger puppet, but has grown some strange ears at the same time :-)

Shelley from Crawley Happy Times shows off CHT finger puppet, but has grown some strange ears at the same time :-)

Spencer, drummer for Juicy Lucy was so excited to meet CHT finger puppet

Spencer, drummer for Juicy Lucy was so excited to meet CHT finger puppet

After an excellent evening of live music CHT finger puppet still had some room for adventure so went off to The Tilgate to see what was happening there. CHT finger puppet was glad they went. There were lots of people to meet and they had a great time.

Gordon Skeggs, Michelle (maker of CHT finger puppet) and CHT finger puppet all having fun

Gordon Skeggs, Michelle (maker of CHT finger puppet) and CHT finger puppet all having fun

Gordon and CHT finger puppet comparing records

Gordon and CHT finger puppet comparing records

Khalid Elghazali, 18yr old Crawley MMA Fighter took a fancy to CHT finger puppet, but we were not about to argue with him

Khalid Elghazali, 18yr old Crawley MMA Fighter took a fancy to CHT finger puppet, but we were not about to argue with him

The night was full of fun and frolics for CHT finger puppet so they took themselves home and went to bed with a cup of cocoa. .

On Saturday 31st October, ’09 CHT finger puppet was invited to a party and had a thoroughly good time. We think CHT finger puppet must have gotten a bit tipsy as there were not many pictures..hmmmm…
CHT finger puppet on the evening of Halloween. They are so naughty!

CHT finger puppet on the evening of Halloween. They are so naughty!

We think CHT finger puppet is still recovering as we have not heard from them. Have you seen them? Wonder where they will pop up again.

How a Walk in the Park raised much needed funds

Monday, July 19th, 2010

On Sunday 4th July it was time for a Walk in the Park to raise much needed funds for the Neuroblastoma Society.

Organised by Laura Hodge, the day was a great success, especially as it was the first of it’s kind here in Crawley.

Organiser Laura Hodge makes sure everyone is ready

We spoke to Laura about her chosen charity and Laura told us “as a parent myself, I feel the following three points set Neuroblastoma apart more than any other cancer:

1: Neuroblastoma affects young children and spreads extremely fast.

The average age of diagnosis is two years old meaning that, unlike adults, children do not realise they are ill and many cannot communicate it. I have read of many individual cases and there are two that I always remember: one pregnant mother was told before her child was even born that he had advanced stages of Neuroblastoma. He died at three months old. A seemingly healthy three year old girl was diagnosed, underwent many operations and tests but sadly died three weeks later.

2: Too many common symptoms are easily missed by parents.

The symptoms for the disease are varied and vague, so unless a lump is found on your child, they could have an unsteady walk, a cough or simply a loss of appetite. Hence why Neuroblastoma spreads to other areas of the body before a diagnosis is made. In fact, a staggering 70 per cent of children with Neuroblastoma are at Stage 4 when the disease is diagnosed. [Stage 4 means the cancer has spread from where it started to another body organ. There are typically only 4 stages]. Due to the vulnerability of the child’s immune system during treatments of high doses of chemotherapy the child often has to be placed in isolation for up to six weeks.

3. Many children relapse and the new tumours do not respond to treatment.

Those diagnosed at Stage 4 only have a two year survival rate. So although children finish their treatments with scans showing “no disease detectable” in many cases there are microscopic cancer cells still present. When the tumors begin to grow again, they are resistant to traditional chemo.

With everyones help the Neuroblastoma Society can fund new research and clinical trials to help find a cure. There is currently no government funding for Neuroblastoma so every penny raised really does count.”

As for the day, Laura told us “We got off to a bit of a slow start but it all worked out in the end and we made approximately £1300 for the Neuroblastoma Society.  Toby Anstis, Heart Radio DJ, had kindly organised a tour of the Heart Radio Studios in Leicester Square, London. This was a great boost to the funds raised. We just need to get all the sponsor money in now!”

We would like to congratulate Laura on such a great effort and we look forward to covering it again next year.

Would you like to get involved? Please contact us via email editor@crawleyhappytimes.co.uk and we will be more than happy to send your details to Laura.

Crawley Happy Times would like to thank Sunay Kurtulus for attending and taking pictures on our behalf :-)

High energy team clears Interfaith Garden

Monday, June 21st, 2010

High energy team clears Interfaith Garden

A team of 18 volunteers from EDF Energy Network worked alongside Crawley Borough Council officers at the Interfaith Community Garden in West Green Park on Thursday June 17 – Green Britain Day.

Kim Colella, a legal administrative assistant and organiser of the Let’s FACE it! volunteering event from EDF, was pleased to be ‘doing something green for the team’.

She said: “Being a Crawley resident all my life I thought it was time to give something back to the community and what better day to do it on than Green Britain Day! The Interfaith Garden is such a worthwhile project.”

Ruth Growney, Let’s FACE it! coordinator for Crawley Borough Council, said:

“We had a really good day, the weather was brilliant (which always helps) and the teams cleared loads of thistles and weeds from the garden.

“Why is it that the weeds always grow faster than the plants you want?

Seriously though, we really value the work undertaken by volunteers from the business community. They are a real help with projects such as this one.”

Maidenbower Day Centre doing it for Sports Relief

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

On Friday 19th March the good people of Maidenbower Day Centre walked a mile to raise funds for Sports Relief.

The Day Centre offers flexible services to adults of all ages who have a wide range of needs. These include people with physical and sensory disabilities, mental health problems, progressive long term chronic illness, older people, and those with dementia. So to walk a mile was no mean feat for some of the participants.

Crawley Happy Times were invited down by Angie Whittle who organised the event. We thought it was such a wonderful idea we decided to walk with them. It was an entertaining journey. Two ladies in particular, in electric wheelchairs, saw it as an opportunity to ‘race each other’. The atmosphere was amazing, with lots of laughter and joking going on. It was a pleasure to join them all on the walk.

Carl Andrezewski took his step counter with him and was really proud of himself when he returned to the centre with 984 steps on his counter. We pointed out to Carl that they had raised just over one pound for every step he took, which pleased him no end :-) Well done Carl!

Angie Whittle, Liz Bassett and their team of volunteers and helpers do great work at the Day Centre, organising interesting events for the people who attend. And this event was another great opportunity to show their commitment to the community and raise funds for a good cause.

Not only was it a fun and enjoyable day (despite the rain) but together they managed to raise just under £1000!! If you wish to show your support by donating, please contact the Liz or Angie at the centre on 01293 885156 or visit here for more information.

We would like to thank Angie for the invitation and congratulate everyone involved. We look forward to visiting them all again soon.

Did you do anything for Sports Relief? Let us know by emailing us editor@crawleyhappytimes.co.uk

Successful Iain doing it threefold

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

On Saturday 20th February Shelley went along to the Running Club at K2 to see Iain Stevenson training in preperation for running three marathons over three consecutive weekends.

Iain Stevenson is preparing to run over 78 miles over three marathons

Who is Iain and why is he doing this?

Iain, 35 from Northgate had never run before, until last year when he ran the London Marathon to raise funds for research into a rare form of cancer. Sadly Iain and his wife lost their young son, Ben to this form of cancer in 2007. Ben was only two when he was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer. Ben lost his struggle just after his third birthday. Unfortunately there is no funding available for the research into this devastating illness.

(L-R) Graham Eaton (Manager of the Running Club) and Iain Stevenson

What is Neuroblastoma?

Fewer than 100 children are diagnosed  each year with neuroblastoma in the UK. Most children who get this cancer are younger than five years old. Neuroblastoma is the second most common solid tumour in childhood and makes up 8% of the total number of children’s cancers.

Neuroblastoma is a cancer of specialised nerve cells, called neural crest cells. These cells are involved in the development of the nervous system and other tissues.

Neuroblastoma can occur anywhere in the body, but it most often occurs in one of the adrenal glands in the abdomen (tummy). The adrenal glands are specialised glands which are found above the kidneys. They release hormones to maintain blood pressure, and enable us to respond to stress.

In some children, the neuroblastoma can occur in nerve tissue alongside the spinal cord in the neck, chest, abdomen or pelvis.
Source: – Macmillan

Iain (far left) in training at the Running Club at K2

What Iain has already accomplished and his future goals

Iain raised £5,500 by running the London marathon last year. His goal is to beat that this year by running marathons in Paris, Brighton and London on three consecutive weekends. This is a massive feat for anyone, especially someone who before last year had never run, let alone run a marathon. Iain told us a friend of his ran the London marathon to raise awareness on their behalf and when he went to support his friend and saw him running, he had an overwhelming urge to get involved, feeling it would be a great way to raise awareness and funds for such a worthy cause.  Iain’s first marathon will be in Paris on the 11th April.

We hope the weather is this nice on all the marathon dates

We would like to wish Iain all the best and will keep you up-to-date with his progress. If you would like to support Iain, why not attend and cheer him on. Alternatively you can show your support by donating here.

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Are you running any marathons? Please feel free to comment below.

Elite support for charity

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

On Thursday 24th September ’09 Crawley Happy Times had the privilege of attending the Crowne Plaza Hotel’s Elite Health & Fitness Club to hear about some amazing people.

Why are they so amazing?

Twenty-six members of the Elite Health Club at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Gatwick, have completed an epic swim covering the distance of the River Thames – 220 miles! This equated to swimming 23,066 lengths of the pool. The members only had 50 days to complete the challenge of swimming 462 lengths each day between them.

Staff & Ladies from Elite Health Club with Michael Beasley STCH

Staff & Ladies from Elite Health Club with Michael Beasley STCH

This latest challenge follows other successful challenges and social events including swimming the English Channel and also to run, walk and cycle the length of Route 66. So far these challenges have helped raise nearly £5,000 for St Catherine’s Hospice.

We met up with Michael Beasley, Corporate Fundraiser for St Catherine’s Hospice who said: “We would like to thank the Elite Health Club and its members for their valued support. The challenges and social events are great activities for the members to get involved in and also helps raise valuable money for the hospice. Their support will help us continue to deliver vital end of life care in our community.”

Katie Brindle, Elite Health Club Manager said “I would like to say thank you to all the members that have taken part in our challenges and for their sponsorship.  They have made a tremendous effort to get to the club and swim their lengths to complete the challenge on time. Thank you to Stuart who designed the challenge.  If it wasnt for his creative mind we would not be able to run events like this! St Catherines is our local charity and all our staff and members are happy to help raise money for such a good cause.  I would like to say thank you to St Catherines for their support with our money raising.  Raising over £5000 for St Catherines so far is a brilliant well done all”.

We were very impressed with this great achievement, especially as the participants we met and spoke to were ‘mature’ ladies. Well done ladies.

For further information on Elite Health & Fitness visit their website here or call 01293 608614. Maybe you would like to be part of their next challenge :-)

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Phoenix Schools of Martial Arts are fighting for charity

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Student’s from the Phoenix Schools of Martial Arts kick-box their way to 30K.

Local lad Anthony Clayton from Phoenix Schools of Martial Arts told us about their annual tournament which raised a massive £30,000 for The Royal Marsden Cancer Campaign.

Phoenix Martial Arts

Phoenix Martial Arts

During the day instructors took part in 120 one minute rounds, and students fought in 60 one minute rounds. There were 300 students who participated and 30 instructors, all of whom were supported by family and friends.

Stephen Brooks is the head of association and has been the main instigator in raising money. Stephen said “We are grateful to The Royal Marsden as most, if not all of us, have in some way been effected by cancer. Therefore, we quite literally fight for charity.”

The £30,000 raised is to be specifically used in developing the new Children’s and Young Person’s Centre at The Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton. This project aims to create enough money to build what could be Europe’s leading Cancer Centre for Children and Young People, and with a target of £15million this money is a big help to the cause.

However, this sum is only part of the money raised by the Martial Arts Schools. To date they have totalled around £140,000 for The Royal Marsden Cancer Campaign. This is a huge achievement and has been highly commended by the hospital’s Fundraising and Community Development Manager, Amanda Heaton.

Amanda said, “This wonderful association has raised a large sum of money, and I am amazed at their success. Everyone there should be very proud of themselves and I hope they had a great day. I am sincerely grateful to everyone who participated and to those who organised the tournaments. Long may this fundraising event continue.”

We at Crawley Happy Times feel extremely proud to have such an amazing group of individuals who come together as a team to raise such a large amount of money. Well done! :-)

St Catherine’s are on the run

Thursday, September 17th, 2009
Last year more than 600 people entered the race

Last year more than 600 people entered the race

On Sunday 18th October folk from in and around Crawley will be donning their running shoes for a massive 10k race in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice.

Last year more than 600 people took part, raising over £30,000 towards much needed end of life care. Let’s see if we can beat that this year.

The Course

This years Crawley 10k charity race will take place through the beautiful scenic Tilgate Forest which will be fully marshaled with clear frequent signs and water stops. The race starts at the K2 Leisure Centre running track, following forest tracks, paths, playing fields and a road. Experienced and non-runners are all welcome. You could even walk the course if you just wanted to be part of the event. Unfortunately the course is not suitable for pets or wheelchairs due to the uneven ground covered. All entrants receive a medal with an award being presented to the winning team, man and woman.

Who are St Catherine’s?

St Catherine’s are a well deserving charity, caring in so many different ways for our loved ones who are terminally ill. St Catherine’s also give so much back to the community by holding such great events such as the recent Dragon Boat Festival and the Midnight Walk (Horsham). It is definitely a givers gain philosophy which enriches the entire community.

Who can enter?

Catherine from St Catherine’s said “experienced independent runners are frequently present as were on previous occasions as well as running clubs but this year we would like to encourage more businesses to get involved. They only need a team of 4 to enter and can even enter more than one team if they wish. We are really looking forward to this years race and hope to raise a lot of money for the charity which needs around 5 million pounds a year to maintain”.

Runners in last years 10k charity race

Runners in last years 10k charity race

How much does it cost?

Advanced entry fees range from £10 to £12 with fees on the day at £15. Places for entry are limited so it is advisable to enter as soon as you can. You can do this by filling in a form online or emailing catherineboulter@stch.org.uk. For any further queries please call 01293 447364.

Crawley Happy Times will be covering the race and interviewing the winners. If you are not entering the race please do still come down and say hello and support the runners.

Cancer Marathon Rally Day was hot, hot, hot!

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009
The Double D girls putting their best chest first

The Double D girls putting their best chest first

Pretty in pink

Pretty in pink

Jamies Midnight Runners busy raising money

Jamies Midnight Runners busy raising money

Everyone had a great time

Everyone had a great time

 

 

On Saturday, 22nd of August, Crawley Happy Times were invited down to Gratton’s Park for the annual Cancer Rally Day. Numerous teams entered the rally, a rally where one member of a team must be on the track at all times between 14:00 Saturday to 14:00 Sunday: a whole 24 hours of walking round the track!  It was a very colourful, positive atmosphere, with some vibrant stands selling goods varying from cakes, jewellery, hand-made sand ornaments and other interesting items, all being sold to raise money for Cancer Research.

Such a hot day, such lovely people

Such a hot day, such lovely people

Wayne & Sam, Emergency First Response

Wayne & Sam, Emergency First Response

Definitely 'More The Merrier'

Definitely 'More The Merrier'

Mac's Ices cooling down the day

Mac's Ices cooling down the day

The teams who entered gave themselves names and designated Captains.  Some were business owners, whereas some were just there to support a family member or friend.  They were: -

Team Yummy: Capt. Lisa Stone –  Prawn Hunters, Capt. Becky Gardner – Amigos Para Siempre, Capt. Kate Concheiro – Sussex Parties, Capt. Mark Farrington – Shooting Stars, Capt. Carolyn Tyrer – The Jays, Capt. Bal Ward – Sugar Rush, Capt. Gaynor Stocker – More The Merrier, Capt. Sarah Clapp – Just Wills, Capt. Tony Neale – The Red Runners, Capt. Deborah Davies – Jamies Midnight Runners, Capt. Jamie Nayee – Berrins Beauties, Capt. Berrin Penlington – Crawley & Gatwick Chambers of Commerce, Capt. Reverend Francis Pole – Bussom Buddies, Capt. Amber Matheson – The Double Ds, Capt. Sandra Duke.

Crawley Kung Fu Panda & Shelley

Crawley Kung Fu Panda & Shelley

Lots of people came to help out

Lots of people came to help out

So many stands to choose from

So many stands to choose from

Stand with lots of goodies

Stand with lots of goodies

There were also a couple of stands helping to raise money, but not participating in the rally.  They were Muriel Levett & Ruth Marchant, Sophie Scowen from Starbucks serving delicious hot coffee and Matthew Reid with a fabulous teddy stand.  Sophie from Starbucks told us they were holding an instore raffle for the whole of August, with a lovely large hamper up for grabs. So do pop in and buy a raffle ticket if you’re passing.

Bev & Co always busy helping out

Bev & Co always busy helping out

The teddy bear stand

The teddy bear stand

All the volunteers from Emergency First Response

All the volunteers from Emergency First Response

Young Alex Lewry back to the track

Young Alex Lewry back to the track

To cool us all down on such a hot day, we had the pleasure of an ice cream from Mack’s Ices, who pledged to make a large donation to Cancer research from the takings on the day.

Brave Alex has picture taken with Shelley

Brave Alex has picture taken with Shelley

Lorraine and her daughter came in support of Crawley & Gatwick Chambers of Commerce

Lorraine and her daughter came in support of Crawley & Gatwick Chambers of Commerce

On track for a great cause

On track for a great cause

Some of the Double D's team

Some of the Double D's team

We met some amazing people at the event, all there with something in common; to support others and raise money at the same time.  Some people were celebrating life as survivors of cancer, whereas others were still fighting for their lives but using every inch of energy to help during the day.

Morag Clapp sat in her chair, cheerfully watching as the day went on. We would never have guessed that Morag is currently undergoing chemotherapy for the third time in four years. We had a brief chat with Morag and wished her well, hoping we will have the pleasure of seeing her back next year.  Walking round the field, we bumped into young Alex Lewry who was on the track, doing his part for the team. Alex looked the picture of health, so it was quite shocking when he told us about his brain tumour, at the young age of thirteen. Alex was declared clear in February 1999.  We didn’t want to ask his age, but can imagine Alex is about 20 now, so his struggle was a long one. To still dedicate his time year on year just goes to show how this awful disease affects people. We wish Alex all the best for a healthy future.

Even the dog came in support

Even the dog came in support

Laura assisting the little ones with Karaoke

Laura assisting the little ones with Karaoke

The Judges listen carefully

The Judges listen carefully

The stage was set by Darren & Nickie Bow

The stage was set by Darren & Nickie Bow

Watching over the day were Emergency First Response.  There were 20 dedicated staff keeping a vigilant eye on the event. We spoke to Jerry Marler, cook for the day, who told us he is a survivor of cancer and felt compelled to help out in any way he can. Jerry’s cooking must be good as the staff looked well fed!

There was plenty of entertainment too: Darren & Nickie Bow volunteered their time on stage to host the event, with karaoke from the children and music for the crowd and participants. We are sure their contribution to the day made it all that much nicer.  More entertainment came from the Crawley Blackbelt Academy, led by Senior Instructor Wayne Beadell. The youngsters put on a wonderful display of Martial Arts.

There was also Crawley Kung Fu School present who are holding a woman’s self defence class in the future that is not to be missed. We will keep you updated as soon as we have more information.

All in all, the day was uplifting, emotional, fun, awe inspiring and hot! Our thanks go to those who welcomed us and had their pictures taken, those who shared their heart warming experiences and just generally made us feel privileged to be blessed with good health. We thoroughly enjoyed the day. Our personal thanks go to Michelle Matthews, who volunteered her time to take pictures for us.

We will keep you posted on the dates for next year as soon as we know. Crawley Happy Times are considering a team of their own next year. If you fancy being on our team, just write to us at shelley@crawleyhappytimes.co.uk

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What are your children doing this Friday, 21st August?

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009
Cherry Lane Family Day 2008
Cherry Lane Family Day 2008

Please read the follow up here..

So, we are rapidly approaching the end of the school summer holidays and the children are probably getting a little bored by now.  So what can you do with them that will keep them occupied and assist them in sleeping well?  The answer is to bring them down to Cherry Lane Adventure Playground in Langley Green, Crawley on Friday, 21st August!

“What is happening?” I hear you ask.  Well, this is what we put to Dawn Parkinson, Manager of the Playground.  Dawn said, “Cherry Lane Adventure Playground will be holding its annual Fun day on Friday, 21st August, from 11am – 4pm.”

“Entry is free, but, to access all the inflatables for the whole day, there is a charge of £3.00 for a wristband. This will include face painting and games so everybody can have a go!  Make sure you stick around to see our Belly Dancing show at 2pm which the children have been preparing for bt attending workshops, ready to perform on the day. You can also  become a star for the day on the Karaoke!”

Dawn went on to tell us; “There will also be a BBQ selling hot food, a Tombola and Raffle, with prizes donated by local shops and businesses. All the proceeds will go towards buying new games and equipment for the coming year”.

We asked Dawn how the event went last year,  and she said; “last year we raised £800, which we spent on a new TV, computer games and mixing decks,  plus lots of Art & Craft materials. This year, with your help, we hope to match this amount, plus raise even more, as we would like to buy new equipment for our music room and add to our collection of Go Karts, which have been really popular this year. We look forward to seeing all our old friends and many new faces to make this a fantastic family event”.

The day is for chiildren of all ages but please note children under the age of 6 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

It sounds like it is going to be an excellent day, and for just £3 the children can play, get tired out and go to bed early. The best value for money a parent could buy!

Crawley Happy Times will be attending, so if you want your picture on the site, meet us down there! Our thanks go to Michelle Matthews for making us aware of this event and Dawn Parkinson for inviting us along.

If you have any further enquiries as to what Cherry Lane Adventure Playground can offer your child, then please call 01293516163, where a member of staff will be available to provide any help or advice.