Tom Harling ran the London Landmarks Half Marathon, raising £650 to be shared between the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) in East Kent and The Pilgrims Hospice.
In Tom’s words
“A good friend of mine, John Rawlins was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND)and this lead to him having to give up work around a year ago now. The disease is similar to the ‘Stephen Hawking thing’ and there is no cure.
John worked all his life on building sites as a digger driver from Westgate, and been a good friend of mine for the best part of 10 years. I ran the London Landmarks Half Marathon on 25th March 2018 to raise money to split 50/50 between the MNDA East Kent charity and The Pilgrims Hospice in memory of my friend John who was an absolute legend of a man who despite MND managed to keep his sense of humour and comical outlook on life.
Thanks for taking the time to read this, and thanks for your donations and support.”
Some images of Tom on the run are shown below together with his certificate.
The Wealden Business Group have supported MNDA East Kent throughout the past 2 years, organising 3 major fundraisers, as well as weekly collections.
More than 60 people attended a race night in the Little Silver Hotel. This was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and raised a considerable sum for MNDA in East Kent.
A Murder Mystery Evening at Little Silver Country Hotel in Tenterden. The case was The Curse of the Willoughby Diamond. The evening started with champagne followed by an excellent 3 course meal to die for!! During the meal the actors presenting the murder mystery developed the plot of the murder and murder w
as indeed committed.
The Black Tie dinner and charity auction held at The Little Silver Country Hotel, Tenterden on Saturday (17 March) raised more than £4,000. The event, which included a fizz reception, auction of promises and disco was in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association. The dinner marked the culmination of two years of fundraising for MNDA by the Wealden Business Group.
The grand sum raised by these events was £10,579.81 which was presented to Clive Hudson, Chairman of MNDA East Kent Group on April 18th, by Martin Tickner.
MNDA East Kent would like to thank the members of Wealden Business Group for their generosity and support.
Did you know that you can support MNDA East Kent by shopping online?
Every time you shop online via Easyfundraising.org.uk at one of the 3,300 retailers including John Lewis, Aviva, Sainsbury’s and Booking.com, a donation will be made to MNDA East Kent, and it won’t cost you a penny extra.
Easyfundraising.com is a simple to raise funds for MNDA. If you buy anything on line, you can do so via Easyfundraising.org.uk and raise a small percentage of each sale for MNDA.
There is no cost to you and no effort other than going to Easyfundraising.org.uk before shopping, once there you chooses your retailer and for any purchase you make MNDA will receive a small donation.
In the last year we have almost £200 from Easyfundraising.org.uk, from just half a dozen members, we are looking to increase our members using Easyfundraising.org.uk into several dozen which should enable us to raise at least £1000 each year for no cost and minimal effort, just remembering to go to Easyfundraising.org.uk first.
Some years ago a group of bus drivers on the Loop (for those not from Thanet, the Loop is circular bus route around Thanet), noticed that there were many great pubs on the route and it was decided by the group of young men that it would be great to visit each one.
It started as a fun event but soon morphed in a charity fund raising event. Over the years this group of young men have raised many thousands of pounds for local charities, including Pilgrims Hospice, Beach within Reach and Caring for Connor amongst others.
One of the regular travellers was John Rawlins, who sadly died of Motor Neurone Disease earlier this year. The group has decided to raise funds for MNDA in East Kent in memory of their great friend.
This year the journey started and ended at Weatherspoon’s in Ramsgate and collectors travelled by the Loop to Westwood Cross on to Margate, round to Broadstairs, then on to Ramsgate stopping at over 20 hostelries on the route.
Pubs and customers gave generously to the group as they travelled around in fancy dress. The fantastic sum of £578.51 was collected and this will be used to support people living with MND in East Kent.
MND is an incurable disease which kills 6 people every week, and life expectancy after diagnosis is usually short, so there is a great need for urgent support for anyone diagnosed with this awful disease.
The MND Association in East Kent would like to thank all the collectors for their generosity of time and for the fabulous fancy dress. We would also like to thank all the pubs visited and all the customers who gave so generously. Thank you all very much.
Oh – It can be such a nuisance, and so frustrating too!
These things I took for granted, but now find hard to do.
Like putting on a shirt, sweater or a tie,
I have to call upon my wife no matter how I try.
D.I.Y. now a thing of the past
Even those simplest of tasks-
Like raising a hammer to strike a nail,
Sounds so simple, yet I fail.
Muscles refuse all my demands,
My neurones are in sole command!
And they in turn are burning out:
Motor Neurone if you’re in doubt.
This disease is reasonably rare
And why I need such help and care
But the other day, I felt quite grand,
Read on and you will understand.
At the hospital, the other day
I saw a chap in a far worse way
With tubes, pipes and drips galore
His age? Probably thirty four!
Lying in his hospital bed,
Doctors, nurses, one shook his head.
Me? Well I was exit bound.
So when you’re feeling down and blue
Remember those worse off than you
Accept the things you cannot change
And cope with those within your range