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WSCC pilot new scheme to help reduce food waste

West Sussex County Council and UK Harvest a working together on a pilot scheme to help reduce food waste in Crawley.

The project will encourage people to take advantage of surplus food rescue services and learn how to reduce waste.

The food rescue pilot will start in October and will run for six months.

Once a month for a small voluntary donation of £3.50, people will be able to pick a selection of surplus foods which would have otherwise ended up as waste from suppliers.

For more information about the pilot please visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/UKHarvest.

You can find more advice and ideas on ways to reduce your food waste at www.westsussex.gov.uk/foodwaste.

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Delta Air Lines returns to Gatwick

Delta Airlines will be returning to Gatwick Airport next spring, as part of the airports expanding connection to the US

Passengers travelling to the USA can now book flights to New York JFK, after the operator announced it would be back from next April.

Delta last operated from Gatwick in 2012, flying to Atlanta, Georgia.

Stewart Wingate, CEO, Gatwick Airport said: “We are thrilled to welcome Delta Air Lines back to Gatwick. It means that we will expand furthermore our connectivity to the US. This trust from such a network carrier as Delta underlines the competitiveness and the operational capabilities of Gatwick.

“Delta is a huge name in the transatlantic market and being able to offer passengers across London and the South East the opportunity to travel with them between Gatwick and New York City is fantastic, providing not only wider choice, but further competition. It also demonstrates the strong pull of Gatwick as an airport for big name, long-haul airlines.”

Nicholas Ferri, vice president EMEAI, Delta Air Lines said: “Delta is delighted to be returning service to London Gatwick which is where we first started our flights from the UK to the United States over 40 years ago.
“Next summer our daily Gatwick to New York JFK flight will offer a convenient option for those customers going to America on holiday or business.”

Sussex police officer breached professional standards

Allegations of breaching standards of professional behaviour have been proven against a Sussex Police officer after a four day misconduct hearing.

The officer known as PC X, faced allegations that in April 2021 he used excessive force in arresting a juvenile known as child A for a public order offence.

The panel found the accusation of excessive force was proven and amounted to gross misconduct.

The officer was given an extended final written warning, which will last three years.

Crawley animal sanctuary at ‘breaking point’ due to rising costs

Photo credit: Lola’s Sanctuary/Facebook | BBC
Poonam Doshi, who opened the sanctuary in 2017, said she had seen a huge spike in demand.


An animal sanctuary is “at breaking point” and on the brink of closure due to the cost of living crisis.

Lola’s Sanctuary has not received a new donation in four months, yet is seeing more animals than ever in need of care.

Poonam Doshi, the founder, said she had “never seen the situation this bad”.

The shelter’s utility bills have doubled, and Ms Doshi expects they will increase further during the winter when the animals need to spend more time indoors.

The sanctuary’s vet bills are up to £5,000 per month.

Photo credit: Lola’s Sanctuary/Facebook | BBC

Ms Doshi said: “Not knowing where the next donation is going to come from, or whether it is actually going to come has meant that I have had to make some incredibly difficult decisions on what animals we can care for.

“We simply cannot afford to continue without donations. We are at breaking point.”

The sanctuary, based in Crawley, is 100% non-profit and relies on volunteers to keep it running.

With people having to go back to paid work, the team of volunteers has decreased from 15 to five and fosterers have gone down from 12 to just one.

The cost of food, pet insurance and vet bills has meant shelters are struggling to cope with a rise in admissions as owners can no longer afford to keep their pets.

Ms Doshi said: “It is an absolutely heartbreaking situation, a lot of these people don’t want to give up their pet but it’s a choice between being able to feed their family, heat their home or give up their animal.

“For some people, especially older people, their companion animal is their only friend so the fact that they are being forced to surrender their pets just so they can stay warm this winter is just devastating.”

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Local community champions honoured

Volunteers and community champions from across Sussex and Surrey have been honoured at a BBC awards ceremony.

The ‘Make a Difference’ awards celebrate the contributions made by carers, fundraisers, key workers and charities.

Photo credit: BBC
The winners were presented with their awards at a ceremony.

Among the winners were a 90-year-old who has raised over a quarter of a million pounds, and a choir for people with communication difficulties.

Winner Shirley Price MBE said: “When I saw the other people I thought, ‘well, they definitely will get it.’
“It came as a total out of the blue shock.”

Ms Price, who won in the Fundraiser category did a wing walk at the age of 75, a parachute jump at 80 and a paraglide at 85.
She is now planning another wing walk when she reaches 91 and a half, which would make her the oldest woman in the world to have done so.

The winners were:

Volunteer: Penny Kirk from Oxted, who runs two not-for-profit playgroups, and has also collected and distributed donations for Ukrainian refugees

Community Group: Sonal Sher, who set up Knaphill, St John’s and Brookwood Volunteers in Woking in March 2020, a group of 200 people who run errands and collect charity donations

Fundraiser: Shirley Price MBE, who is 90, has raised over £250,000 for East Sussex Vision Support, including doing a parachute jump, wing walk and hang gliding over Mont Blanc

Carer: Jason Brown, a school office worker, for going above and beyond to help pupils who have type 1 diabetes take an active role in school life

Great Neighbour: Sue Goodall, a supermarket worker from Wick, near Littlehampton, who delivered groceries to elderly customers during lockdown, snacks to paramedics and charity donations to Ukrainian refugees living in the area

Key Worker: Louise Miller, a specialist case worker at the women’s substance misuse charity Oasis Project in Brighton, who took on personal caseloads of up to 70 people at a time, as demand rocketed during lockdown

Environmental Award: The Surrey Choices Growth Team, 16 supported volunteers with autism or learning disabilities, who help preserve the county’s pathways, woodlands and other habitats

Together Award: The Include Choir from Surrey, a choir for people with communication and understanding difficulties

Alix Lewer, the speech and language specialist who set up the Include Choir, said it had been “a long journey and it’s been not the easiest.

“To see the recognition of how much people with communication difficulties can give to the community and that recognition that we are all the same, even if we need a bit of help with a communication, it means a huge amount to me.
“We use Makaton signing and the sign for together is the same as include, so it seems very fitting.”

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