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Freedom Leisure raise’s more than £16k for Marie Curie Cancer Care

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Freedom Leisure joined the World’s Biggest Swim throughout the month of April by raising funds during the annual Swimathon for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Friends and family from around Sussex rallied together to swim a 1.5k, 2.5k or a 5k personal challenge at ten of Freedom Leisure’s pools. Together 211 swimmers completed their challenge on the day and have raised a grand total of £16,402.¹

The national Swimathon was supported by TV presenter and keen swimmer, Gail Porter and Olympic gold medallist, Duncan Goodhew, all with the aim of beating last year’s £2million national total. All funds raised go towards providing Marie Curie nurses to care and support cancer suffers or those with other terminal illness, in the comfort and familiar surroundings of their own home.

Freedom Leisure staff were on-hand with training advice for those taking part, as well as providing support and encouragement on the day when swimmers took to the water. Swimming is credited to be one of best total body exercise’s for both health and fitness. Not only does regular swimming get the heart and lungs pumping, but it is also great for building muscular strength and stamina, all whilst being relaxing and fun.

Jeff Hart, Managing Director of Freedom Leisure said, ‘Freedom Leisure is pleased to have been involved in Swimathon again this year and we’re very proud to have helped local people raise over £16,000. It is a great achievement for all involved and we look forward to supporting next years swimmers in raising funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care’.

Freedom Leisure centre’s that took part were K2 Crawley, Crowborough, Summerfield’s, Uckfield, and Hailsham Leisure Centre, Bexhill Leisure pool as well as The Dolphin, Triangle, Kings Centre and Rye Sport Centre.¹

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Crawley MP Joins Olympic Gold Medalist In Fairtrade Fortnight Bunting Record Bid

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Henry Smith MP has joined Fairtrade Ambassador and five time Olympic gold medallist, Sir Steve Redgrave, in Parliament in a bid to break the record for the world’s longest bunting.

The world record attempt is to mark this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight and to highlight the Fairtrade Foundation’s ‘Great Cotton Stitch-Up’ campaign. West African cotton producers are some of the poorest farmers on the planet and so struggle to compete with EU farmers who received over £600m in subsidies – the equivalent to Estonia’s entire EU contribution.

The record for the world’s longest bunting is currently 2,986 metres. Fairtrade campaigners and supporters around the country are aiming to reach at least 4,350 metres – over two and a half miles!

The final bunting will be displayed on World Fairtrade Day, 14 May.

Henry Smith said:

“I share the concerns of many local residents regarding the issue of West African farmers who earn less than $1 a day and are unable to use their farming skills to trade their way out of poverty. From the amount of Fairtrade goods on our local shop, I know trade justice is something residents really care about.

“I am proud to be backing Fairtrade this Fortnight and their bid to break the bunting record. I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to support a campaign which aims to help some poorest cotton farmers in the world make a decent living from their work.

“It was also great to hand out free Fairtrade teas and coffees from the Bandstand in Queen’s Square to passing shoppers over the weekend – I was impressed by the level of awareness and loyal Fairtrade fans amongst local residents.”

Sir Steve Redgrave adds:

“I am delighted that Henry Smith is backing Fairtrade’s campaign. I have visited West African cotton farmers in Mali and I have seen how hard it is make a living from cotton already. Farmers there are not asking for a handout, just a level playing field so they can improve their families and communities through hard work.

“Working together we can end these subsidies and make their live just a little bit easier.”

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