Gatwick Airport has thrown its support behind the Crawley Community Awards 2016 as the event’s main sponsor.
Being run by the Crawley Observer in partnership with The Hawth and Crawley Borough Council, the awards have already received more than 100 nominations covering charity ambassadors, great neighbours and inspirational sporting heroes.
Melanie Wrightson, Gatwick’s community engagement manager, said: “Gatwick Airport is delighted to be the headline sponsor of the inaugural Crawley Awards, to recognise and reward those in our community who selflessly give up their time and effort for the benefit of others.
“There are so many unsung heroes throughout Crawley who deserve to be recognised for going above and beyond the call of duty.
“Crawley has a special role in the running of the world’s busiest single runway airport.
“We wish all the nominees the best of luck and commend the Crawley Observer, the Hawth Theatre and the Crawley Borough Council for taking the initiative to organise what promises to be a fantastic awards evening.”
Gatwick Airport was on the map long before Crawley New Town starting life in 1930 as Surrey Aero Club, used exclusively by flying enthusiasts.
Four years later Gatwick was licensed as a public aerodrome and then became an RAF base during the war. Once peace time came it flourished and was designated London’s second airport in 1950.
It is now one of Crawley’s biggest employers and whatever its future holds, it will remain a cornerstone of the town’s development.
The deadline for awards nominations is Friday February 12. Submit an entry online at goo.gl/bb66Ju