The third and, possibly, final sleigh pull to raise money and gifts for the children of fallen Royal Marines will go through Crawley again this year.
Six former and current servicemen will pull a sleigh from London to Brighton, arriving in Crawley High Street at around 4pm on November 30 and spending the night in the town before continuing to Brighton on December 1.
The annual event has raised around £18,000 and more than 1,000 gifts for the children of fallen servicemen in the last two years.
As this is a nationwide charity, after this year’s event the sleigh will be used elsewhere in the country for at least the next two years.
It is possible that the sleigh will be returned to this area in the future.
David Lilburn, 55, an ex-Royal Marine from Broadfield who served for 25 years, said most people would take it in turns to help pull the sleigh for five-mile intervals but he would pull for as long as he possibly could.
He said: “I don’t mind pulling it the whole way, even at my age.”
David said he wanted to make sure this year’s event was the biggest yet.
He said: “It’s a big event and Crawley have always been good to support us .”
On the evening of the 30th the event’s entourage will stay in local hotels before continuing to Brighton the next morning.
A fund raising event will be held in the town on that evening.
David said: “In previous years we have used Crawley Football Club and Legends Sports Bar.
“We are hoping they’ll support us again.”
Around 12 Crawley residents will be amongst the 75 volunteers in this year’s event, which includes people pulling the sleigh, a medical support team, police support and Royal British Legion Riders in Sussex.
People can donate gifts to boys or girls aged between three and 13 by calling David Lilburn on 07538083179 or email firstname.lastname@example.org People can donate to the event via just giving at : www.justgiving.com/sleighpull2013