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A journey through breast cancer – Angelica

Monday, February 14th, 2011

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

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

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 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”.

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Football Youths help raise money by having fun

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010


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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