The fourth BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey 2019 Give A Gift sale has raised more money than ever before. The event, which took place on Saturday morning at St Pauls Arts Centre in Worthing, raised £2,379 for BBC Children In Need. Presenters Danny Pike and Mark Carter broadcast their shows live from the sale room.
Since Christmas, listeners have been donating their new, unwanted Christmas gifts at various drop-off points around the area, including community stations Uckfield FM and Susy Radio, who also lent their support. All the items were then sold at the special sale. For the first time this year, several large companies in the area also set up collection points, including Legal and General in Hove and Virgin Atlantic in Crawley.
Mark Carter, Assistant Managing Editor said: ‘This is a fantastic result for a two hour sale on a cold January morning. It’s also a real credit to the loyal BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey listeners who donated items or came along to the sale.’
BBC’s Mark Carter talked with SUSY’s Neil Munday on the morning of the sale:
Pictured above: Presenters Danny Pike and Mark Carter with Worthing West MP, Sir Peter Bottomley
Crawley Town suffered their first defeat of the year on Saturday, losing 2-1 to Stevenage at the Lamex Stadium. The Reds slip down to 17th place in League 2.
In the Bostik Premier division, Merstham won their home match 1-0 against Enfield Town.
Horsham move up to 3rd place in the Bostik South East Division, overtaking opponents Whyteleafe after winning 1-0. Three Bridges lost 2-1 at home to VCD Athletic and East Grinstead Town lost 2-0 at home to Cray Wanderers.
Reigate team, South Park lost their Bostik South Central match 4-3 away to Bracknell Town.
In the Combined Counties Premier Division, Redhill gained a point in their 3-3 draw at Kiln Brow against Walton and Hersham. Horley Town lost 3-0 away to CB Hounslow United.
A semi-professional footballer from Crawley was found guilty at Guildford Magistrates Court on Friday for possessing nitrous oxide with the intent to supply. It is the largest seizure in Surrey Police history.
Leon Redwood from Crawley pleaded guilty to the possession of psychiatric substances with intent to supply. He was sentenced to 60 hours unpaid work and has to pay costs. Police officers stopped and searched Redwood in July last year. They located over 6,500 canisters of nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, as well as balloons and a device to transfer the gas from the canister into a balloon. The stop occurred after a member of the public called Surrey Police to report a vehicle behaving suspiciously in Crawley which was subsequently stopped in Lingfield.
Government advice warns that inhaling nitrous oxide can lead to loss of blood pressure, fainting and a heart attack. Prolonged use may result in bone marrow suppression and poisoning of the central nervous system.