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.
Did you know that you can support MNDA East Kent by shopping online?
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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
The East Kent Group met on Saturday for an open meeting for people living with MND, their carers, friends, family and volunteers.
We had 23 attend in all and we had the honour of a visit from Councillor Colin Spooner The Sheriff of Canterbury, who addressed the meeting. Huge thanks to Colin for making the time in his busy schedule to visit with us.
Other contributors were Chairman Clive Hudson who spoke briefly about fund raising plans; Judy Keay who spoke about our Association Visitors; Lynn Hudson who spoke about our monthly Tea by the Sea meetings and finally Katy Styles who updated us on current campaigning activity.
We enjoyed sandwiches and cake prepared by the committee members and lots of warm hearted and friendly conversation.