We had a good attendance at our latest monthly support meeting which was held at Thanington, Canterbury on October 14th.
We heard a presentation from Dawn Cockburn and Julie Murby of the Harmony Therapy Trust. A charity who provide NHS approved therapies to patients living with life limiting or debilitating diseases, including MND.
We heard that Harmony Therapy Trust is run entirely by volunteers. The charity is based on the Isle of Sheppey however, they have expanded their services to cover the whole of Kent.
The charity can provide up to 6 sessions of therapy to persons who would be expected to benefit from the therapy. Therapies are only provided following medical referral.
Harmony Therapy Trust can provide a range of therapies including acupressure, aromatherapy, counselling/talking therapies, healing/reiki, holistic massage, hypnotherapy, ibx nail treatment, indian head massage, osteopathy, reflexology and reflexology lymphatic drainage.
We would like to thank Dawn and Julie for an excellent presentation. You can find out all about the Harmony Therapy Trust at their website http://theharmonytherapytrust.org.uk
Should you feel you might benefit from a therapy provided by Harmony Therapy Trust, please contact a medical professional such as your doctor or MND nurse who will need to complete the application, which can be found here http://theharmonytherapytrust.org.uk/files/5314/9949/9161/2017_REFERRAL_FORM.pdf
During the meeting we were able to exhibit the KM Charity Mark earned by MNDA East Kent for 2017. The Charity Mark was presented to 50 local charities who have made a substantial contribution in Kent.
Clive Hudson was also awarded a Brain and Brawn Triathlon Award for participating in a minimum of 3 KM Charity Team events in 2017, raising money for the MNDA in East Kent.
Our first Tea by The Sea was held at the Botany Bay Hotel, Kingsgate, Thanet on Wednesday 28th September.
We had six people present 3 of whom had not previously attended one of our meetings.
We enjoyed a good chat with tea and scones and all present were agreed the idea of a local meeting held monthly was a good idea, especially as they felt unable to travel to other meeting held further away in Kent.
Tea by The Sea is on the last Wednesday of October (25th) and November (29th) at the Botany Bay Hotel, Kingsgate at 3pm. At the November meeting we will review our plans for 2018.
We were invited on Sunday August 6th to visit Strode Park Foundation for tea and a walk around parts of the house and the grounds.
There were 12 of us attending and we enjoyed a fabulous tea of sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream and a selection of cakes.
The sandwiches, scones and cakes were prepared at Strode Park by ??, all were beautifully fresh and delicious. The tea was served by Anthony who thoroughly spoiled us.
We were shown around the grounds, Daren found a lake with a no fishing sign, which indicated to him there would be something worth catching.
The open air auditorium is a fantastic facility with every part accessible by wheelchair, we were invited to look at the website Strodeparkfoundation.co.uk to find out about concerts and booking them if we wished.
We were shown around non residential parts of the house, including the gymnasium and the hydro therapy pool, which is available to people living with disabilities including MND.
Daren looked up to catch this image of our group – most of us missed it!!
Huge thanks to John Cotterill who showed us around and to ?? and Anthony for making the tea so special.
We have been invited to have tea at Strode Park at some future date and we are welcome to attend any public events held at the Foundation.
A coastal walk was held on 20th May to raise funds for MNDA in East Kent.
The walk started in Whitstable at 07.00 with 21 walkers turning up to register for the 25 mile walk. These walkers walked some 12miles along the beautiful East Kent coast in glorious sunshine until they reached Minnis Bay, Birchington.
The walkers were joined at Minnis Bay by another 46 walkers registered to walk 13 miles, all 67 walkers then set out to walk to Ramsgate, along the Kent Coast, through Westgate and Margate to The Botany Bay Hotel.
At The Botany Bay Hotel the walkers were joined by the final group of 16 walkers registered to walk 5 miles to Ramsgate. All 83 walkers now walked though Broadstairs and on into Ramsgate, where the walk ended at the Churchill Tavern, who laid on light refreshments for walkers and supporters.
All walkers who finished were given a medallion for completing the inaugural Coastal Walk To D’Feet MND. Adrian Powell Made a short speech to the walkers thanking them for making the day very enjoyable and for raising funds for MNDA in East Kent.
The walk was conceived by Cath Miller, who formed a committee of Steve Miller, Adrian Powell, Lynne Paine, Dawn Smith, Ayesha Powell and Clive Hudson. The committee planned the whole event and executed the walk with the help of several volunteers who manned registration, acted as marshals, collected cash and put up signage.
Huge thanks to all the walkers and their sponsors, who enable us to raise £9,064.88 including gift aid.
Special thanks to
- Dawn Smith for sponsoring the medals.
- Ian Pettman – Premier Signs for sponsoring the signage.
Diary Date for 2018 – the Coastal Walk to D’Feet MND will take place on Sunday May 20th.
East Kent MNDA Group entered the KM Charity Group Dragon Boat Race for the first time on July 2nd this year.
Our team was made up entirely from one family who had been affected by MND, supported by members of another family affected by MND.
The racing took place in Mote Park Maidstone and we arrived for our first race, registered only to find we had missed the cut off time, so rather than 3 races. we only raced twice.
Though none of our team had ever rowed a dragon boat, we managed to win both our races, however we were not fast enough to be in the final 6 teams, for the race off to be winner of the day.
We thoroughly enjoyed the day and the team is determined to race in 2018 and make a serious attempt to win. Huge thanks to our rowers and everyone who turned up to support. Thanks to KM Charity Group for organising this fabulous event.
On June 30th Wealden Business Group hosted 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 as we were shown to our tables, we were hosted on a table by local members who were excellent company.
We enjoyed 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 was indeed committed.
We were then invited to use our sleuthing skills to question the cast to see if we could identify the guilty party. Our table asked some interesting questions, however we did not fine the killer.
The murderer was eventually declared and everyone in the room was a bit surprised but less so after being given the details of the crime.
There were several very good 1920 costumes, the winners Gary and Clair Bodie were chosen by a panel who were judging for the best couple, which was unfortunate for one girl on our table who was dazzling in a 20’s outfit, however her partner was not in period dress, so could not win.
The evening ended with an announcement that Murder Mystery had raised over £3000 for the Moor Neurone Disease Association in East Kent.
Sunday 18th June saw the Canterbury Vocals combined choirs and soloists come together to raise funds and awareness of motor neurone disease. The choirs were the Canterbury Ladies’ Choir, Canterbury Girls’ Choir and The Canterbury Voices.
The event took place at The Clagett Auditorium at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge on the hottest day of the year.
The three choirs performed a variety of pieces from ballads, opera pieces and humorous pieces.
Judy Keay, choir member and East Kent MND Association Group Committee Member, explained about motor neurone disease and the work of the Association to the audience which included the Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Councillor Rosemary Doyle and the Lady Mayoress, Jenny Yonge.
The choirs performed brilliantly despite the soaring temperatures and a very enjoyable time was had by all.
40 Mile bike ride in Support of John’s Journey, Raising funds for John and Motor Neurone Disease Association. Starting at the Margate Harbour Arm but with no more than 10 miles between beer breaks (other drinks are available). via Reculver, Preston, Sandwich, and back around the coast finishing at the Lighthouse Bar Margate Harbour Arm where a BBQ will be available and live bands. All welcome! Full details and route map will be posted soon. Sponsorship form can be downloaded as a jpeg in photos and printed.
Please share this event with your friends to raise awareness and get as many riders as possible!
MNDA East Kent has entered a team into the Dragon Boat Race at Mote Park Maidstone on July 2nd 2017.
Our team will comprise of up to 17 members and will row at least 3 x 1000 metre races. If you are interested in joining us please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We will also be holding a support picnic for our members who we hope will turn out to support us and enjoy a great picnic in we hope, glorious weather.
We hope to raise some funds from this day out and ask anyone who wishes to support our efforts to visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Dragon-BoatRace and donate what you can. Huge thanks from the MNDA East Kent Dragon Boat Team.