Back in August 2010 a very dear friend called to say the four words no-one wants to hear, “I have breast cancer”.
Linda, known to most as Angelica, is a professional artistic photographer who also does modelling work, so when the doctor gave Angelica the news of her test results, it came as a massive blow.
In true ‘Angelica’ style, she took it all in her stride and decided to record her journey in the hope it would help others with awareness and strength of courage.
Running for the last two weeks and carrying on for the next week in Ginger Moo (County Mall) is the ‘Angelica – A Journey Through Breast Cancer’ which are photo’s of Angelica and her journey through treatment and recovery. We spoke to Angelica who told us “It wasn’t a conscious plan by me. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer last August the last thing that was going through my mind was that I should record what was happening in my life.
But as I am a photographer it was a natural thing for me to take photos either to express my emotions or to keep a record of events. As time went on I realised I had amassed quite a significant ‘snapshot’ of my life and that it would be interesting to share this openly.
It was a challenge to find a gallery who were prepared to display work about such an emotive subject, but Ginger Moo were happy to help and the exhibition opened in January 2011″.
We are very pleased to announce that Angelica has been given the all clear!
Many thanks go to Topsy Turvy, Ginger Moo, Mayor Cllr Lee Burke & Mayoress Cllr Ali Burke, Paul Daniels & Debbie McGee and all who supported Angelica before during and continue to do so 🙂
This September Freedom Leisure embraces Exercise4Life
Join the challenge, have fun and get fitter!
This September Freedom Leisure is encouraging local communities to get fit, have fun and participate in this year’s Exercise4Life, a UK wide event, which runs from the 1st – 30th September. Due to its popularity, the event has expanded from last year’s “Swim for Life” challenge, to now include seven sporting challenges; cycling, running, walking, hula hooping, dancing, Nordic walking and swimming. Freedom Leisure is encouraging Exercise4Life participants to complete their run, cycling or swim challenges at their local Freedom Leisure centre.
The main aim of Exercise4Life is to get the UK moving and ultimately improve the nation’s health through exercise. To take part participants just need to sign up at www.exercise4life.org and select their challenges. Each challenge can be tailored i.e. runners, cyclists and swimmers can all choose to cover 1, 5 or 10 miles. Whilst sponsorship is not required to enter, sports enthusiasts can sign up to support the WRIGHT Foundation Research, which carries out continued research into the prevention and improvement of chronic medical conditions through activity and exercise. This includes research into cancer, heart and lung disease. All fundraisers will receive a certificate of achievement, whilst top fund-raisers have the chance to win a prize, such as a luxury weekend break for two to a Marriott Hotel.
Jeff Hart, Managing Director, Freedom Leisure said “We see it as a key priority to support these national health initiatives. Many of our staff have signed up for the challenge and we hope that Freedom Leisure members and non-members alike will make September a month to focus on health and fitness. Not only will this challenge personally benefit participants, but if you sign up to raise money for the WRIGHT Foundation Research we can learn more about how exercise can potentially combat these life limiting diseases”.
On Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th June, GSK, Manor Royal, Crawley hosted the annual Crawley United Youth Football Festival.
With plenty for everyone including a BBQ, face painting, tattoos, Ice Creams, tuck shop, penalty shoot out competition and plenty of youngsters enjoying the nations favourite game the day was a great success. With a raffle sporting excellent prizes such as, Signed Manchester United and Chelsea shirts, Mens & Ladies Aviator Watches, Round of Golf at, Holtye Golf Club, Laser Hub vouchers, Photofairytales vouchers. The Freddie McGuire Charitable Trust was this years chosen charity.
Crawley Happy Times were invited down by Charlotte Hoffman and we would like to thank Charlotte and everyone involved for putting on such a splendid event.
The Freddie McGuire Charitable Trust (Reg Charity number 1099435)
This year Crawley United FC are proud to support The Freddie McGuire Charitable Trust by donating the proceeds of this years tournament raffle. Freddie Henri Lloyd McGuire was born at Epsom hospital on 5th April 1999 – he tragically died at East Surrey Hospital on June 18th 2000, the day after being involved in an accident at home.
The fund was set up by Freddies relatives to increase awareness of potential accidents around the home, to help family members cope with tragic loss of children, to provide funds for children’s hospitals, emergency paediatric retrieval units, and paediatric intensive care units.
Since the Trust was founded over £50,000 has been raised in donations, mainly through the generosity sponsorship of sporting events in which the family have participated.
This money has been donated to several excellent causes, mainly to the Paediatric Intensive Care Units for their Emergency Retrieval Teams. These teams are linked to specialist children’s hospitals, and run emergency services for those children affected by serious trauma, accidents etc. Each unit has a specialist ambulance which requires expensive equipment for safe and effective treatment of children at the place of the trauma, and for the safe and quick transfer of these children to the nearest children’s emergency unit.
Funds tend to be directed to those units that are seriously under funded, and are donated direct to these units. No funds are used for administration at all, and therefore all money donated is fully utilised.
Examples of equipment purchased are:
£8,850 for new emergency resus trolley for Oxford Ratcliffe Hospital Emergency Trust.
£7,891 for new assessment monitor for Sheffield Children’s NHS Trust Retrival Unit.
£19,933 for South Manchester University Hospitals for Infant Flow Package, Phototherapy equipment, Billiblankets, electric warmer cots and lids.
£500 for new trolleys at the PICU unit Bristol Hospital.
£11,704 For Oxylog 3000 ventilator for University Hospital of Leicester.
£7,200 for Syringe pumps for Leeds NHS Trust Children’s PICU unit.
£3,000 for syringe pumps at Alder Hey.
The Trustees have also contacted several Accident Prevention charities such as the Child Accident Prevention Trust, to raise awareness and PREVENT these type of accidents from happening. This led to specific safety advice in the CAPT produced pamphlet in 2002 regarding safety around the car.
However, the Trustees regret not being able to raise awareness further in this regard, and it is sad to report that some children are still dying or becoming seriously injured in this tragic way each year. It is not possible to know how many lives have been saved as a result of the Trust’s actions. However, by simply buying a raffle ticket at the tournament you have ensured that their actions can be continued.
We are delighted to say that Crawley United had managed to secure some fantastic prizes this year. First prize being a signed Manchester United Football, and many other quality prizes were available.
On behalf of the Trustees, Crawley United would like to take this opportunity of thanking you for supporting their cause.
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Our members come from such a variety of cultures and backgrounds,but we all have one thing in common – Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Our meetings are a time to get together with fellow parents and carers,to pick each other’s brains,but to also switch off from our 24/7 demands and relax. The group is currently undergoing a relaunch and it is our aim to have guest speakers in the coming months to discuss issues pertinent to us i.e behavioural problems,educational psychologists,benefits advice etc. We have a new email address which they can contact me on ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ also a facebook page ‘Autism Support Crawley.’
With no game this Saturday and our next home match on the 10th January when we play MK Dons – it’s a good long break from football
However, I now need to confirm details with the hotel – those who have not paid their deposits I need this as soon as possible to confirm the rooms.
FLEETWOOD AWAY – 2 NIGHTS IN BLACKPOOL – Match now on as both team are out of this seasons F A Cup – please book for this overnighter if you haven’t already done..
We are in the process of confirming the weekender to Fleetwood in January – the two night stop will be at the Leverdale Hotel in Blackpool – We travel up on Friday 23rd January and travel back on Sunday, leaving the hotel at about 9.30am after breakfast. Cost of the weekend will be £85.00 per person – We will depart from the New Moon on the Friday at 9.30am, and will have a stop for a buffet lunch at the White Lion at Barthomley (to be confirmed) – The £85.00 includes 2 nights B & B in Blackpool. Coach travel and buffet lunch on the way up. Like previously the coach will park up on arrival at the hotel and then we will use the trams to Fleetwood on the Saturday to the game.
Saturday 16th January 2015 – Rochdale – our first ever trip to Spotlands for a match. So hopefully to some it will be a new ground to visit, so with a bit of luck more supporters making the trip. I will be posting the information about this trip next week, hopefully with some good news for supporters travelling with us. Early info I can give is that we will be departing the New Moon at 7.00am with a stop at the White Lion, Barthomley on the way up.
Welcome to the Crawley Town Supporters Travel Group – to be known as GH Coaches
As you can see we now have an official name, we have associate membership of the FSF with our own coach insurance, a bank account and our own travel web site, Facebook and Twitter pages. It’s been a very emotional few weeks since we decided to run coaches to the away games – We would thank everyone who has helped getting everything set up for our first trip to Cheltenham on Saturday 27th August 2011. We are disappointed at the comments being made by others and contrary to what they are indicating, Kevin and I are not taking or will not take any money out, everyone who travels on our coach will pay the appropriate fare – we can confirm that any profits made will be solely used to help subsidise our future coaches and at the end of the season any surplus will be carried over. If, in the future our venture folds, then any profit made we will donated to the Chestnut Tree Charity. Bill Doidge & Tara Greenway will be overseeing the accounts and acting as signatories on the cheques, which we would thank them for their involvement. We would also than those supporters who have made donations to the setting up of the Travel Group.
CRAWLEY LUXURY COACHES – Our Coach provider
We would like to thank Dave, Gavin and Darren Brown for their help and assistance in setting this venture up, without that we wouldn’t be in the situation today where we can offer our supporters an alternative travel to away games.
Over the past 20 years our partnership as the Crawley Town Supporters Club has been able to offer supporters a cheap way of getting to games, and we intend to keep this going this season and beyond under our new identity. We know that we are working with a terrific coach company who have great respect in the industry – and whose contingency plans when we went to Manchester for the FA Cup match were very impressive – the work that went on behind the scenes for the big day were immense. David, Kevin and I learnt a lot from the experience, something we all will hopefully use again.
THE HALF MOON
We have now returned to the Half Moon as our base from January 2014 after a few months away, we will be selling tickets and the “Time of the last Crawley goal” will return – we will be sitting at the Half Moon on Saturday home match days – from 12.15pm until 2.15pm, and possible for a short time after the game. If you come into the pub we are situated immediately to your right, by the door. On the evening home games we will be at there from 6.00pm until 7.15pm. We would like to thank Nick, Binny and Chris for use of their facilities. If you can’t get to the Half Moon, then please ring Alain (07771-792346 or E mail Alain.email@example.com).
On the return journey, we will still do our drop off’s via Northgate and the Town Centre.
Now its up to you, the supporters now have a choice – you can either use us, the Alliance or the Jacko Express for your method of getting to away games.
This is the start of our second season as GH Coaches and we would like to thank Dave Brown and Crawley Luxury Coaches for their continuing support. Further details of coach travel to other matches will be published during the season as we go.
Again this season, we will not have a membership scheme where one supporter pays more than another to travel, any supporter can travel on ourcoaches for the same fare – some matches we will offer the under 16’s cheaper travel, and hopefully if everything goes as well as last season some fantastic fares for everyone. In the mean time and getting ready for next season please can you print & fill in the GH Form below so that we have contact and emergency details for our records.