Crawley Neighbourhood Watch supports the Olympic Torch
20 June 2012
Crawley in West Sussex was the first town in the county to approach Neighbourhood Watch about volunteers to help with stewarding the Olympic Torch Relay. The Relay will take place locally on Tuesday 17th July, and to help facilitate its safe passage and a happy and enjoyable experience for residents and visitors alike, over 150 adult volunteers have been recruited, many from Neighbourhood Watch and the Neighbourhood Watch Search Teams.
John Wright, Chairman of Crawley Neighbourhood Watch and also Chairman of the Sussex Neighbourhood Watch Federation said: “We have enjoyed an excellent relationship built up over many years with both Crawley Police and Crawley Borough Council, as well as other key partners. When we heard that the Torch was coming to Crawley it was only natural that Neighbourhood Watch would assist the organisers, and we have helped them to fill their quota and provide a reserve pool for any last minute changes.“
He continued: “Neighbourhood Watch is changing. Today it is all about helping to build strong, connected, friendly and safe communities, helping each other. Our mission is to get individuals, families, communities and our partners working together, to create safer, supportive and integrated neighbourhoods. This ‘once in a lifetime’ event is a brilliant example of people coming together in true community spirit, and Neighbourhood Watch is proud to be playing an important part in this development.”
Councillor Lenny Walker, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture at Crawley Borough Council, said: "We're very grateful to the Neighbourhood Watch members who will be joining our band of volunteers to ensure the Olympic Torch Relay runs smoothly through the town. I'd like to thank everyone who is giving up their time to help at this prestigious event."