Police donation helps fund ex-prisoner’s visit to school


A Crawley school has received a donation from the police which helped fund a visit from an ex-prisoner.

Thomas Bennett Community College received a £125 donation as part of the police’s Global Community Day.

The money helped fund a visit from an ex-prisoner who talked to pupils about his experiences on December 16.

His presentation was part of a whole day of workshops designed to encourage students to think about their role in the community and how they could develop skills to ensure that they are positive citizens.

Hannah Fox, teacher at Thomas Bennett Community College, said: “We were lucky to have a visit from an ex-offender from TimeOut, which was organised and partly funded by Sussex Police. This was one of the most popular sessions of the day and was extremely valuable to the year ten and eleven students who listened to the talk.”

The money for the donation came from the Police Property Act Fund (PPAF), made up of monies received by the police from property confiscated by order of the court and then sold.

PC Chris Pearce, Crawley Neighbourhood Schools officer, said: “I was pleased to be able to hand over the cheque on behalf of Sussex Police.

“I am sure the students learnt a lot from this unique experience and will be able to apply their experiences both inside the classroom and out.”

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