The Kent Messenger Charity Group held their annual forum at The Mercure Great Danes Hotel in Maidstone on Friday 13th October. The forum recognised work of charities and schools for their hard work and dedication.
Mark styles attended from The East Kent Group of MNDA, who are the Kentish Gazette Charity of the Year 2017.
MNDA East Kent was awarded A Gold Charity Mark Award, which was received on our behalf by Mark Styles.
Mark also collected a Brain and Brawn Triathlon Award on behalf of Clive Hudson, who for health reasons was unable to be present on the day.
Mnda East Kent would like to thank KM Charity Team and the KM Group for all the support we have received during 2017 as Kentish Gazette Charity of the Year.
On Sunday 15th October at 7pm until Tuesday 17th at 7am I will be doing Silence Speaks in memory of my amazing Dad (David Ironmonger).
My dad was such an amazing man, always smiling, loved life and everybody loved him. In 2016 Dad was diagnosed with MND, which was a great shock to himself and the family. Over the year Dad lost control of his legs, arms, couldn’t feed himself, and it got so exhausting for him to talk. He had carers 3 times a day to hoist him out of bed, wash, shave, brush his teeth, etc.
My Mum, Brother, Husband and myself would also help with his care. We would take him out in his electric chair and mobility car so he could enjoy the places he loved to go and see. My dad was so brave and battled through this cruel time and would always be smiling.
Sadly on July 16th 2017, Dad lost his battle to this cruel disease. Myself, brother and my mum were all by his bedside when he died, and he would still try and smile right to the end.
I miss my Dad so much and think about him everyday.
I am doing this as I have a CHOICE too.. My Dad Never had a CHOICE.
I would love to be able to help someone else with MND by raising money.
I so wish there was a cure for this wicked and cruel disease.
Please support me by visiting www.JustGiving.com/clare-rozier1 donating what you can afford to help people living with MND.
Thank you for reading and huge thanks to all donors.
To find out more about Silence Speaks please visit https://www.mndassociation.org/get-involved/fundraising/doyourownthing/silence-speaks/
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.
On Monday 9th October I attended morning assembly at Dover College to talk about motor neurone disease and the MNDA.
The college had lost a much loved member of staff to MND and the students have decided to support MNDA through the school year and many events are planned.
The presentation was about MND/Kennedy’s Disease, and how the MNDA supports people and families affected by these diseases.
The presentation focussed on the celebrities the student might know of, who support MNDA such as Professor Stephen Hawking, Benedict Cumberbatch, Charlotte Hawkins, Eddie Redmayne and Stuart Broad.
Also featured were inspirational people living with MND/Kennedy’s Disease, who do everything they can to raise awareness of MND and to raise funds for MNDA. People like Mark Styles who was instrumental in getting Kent County Council to be the first council to sign the MNDA Charter, Jason Liversedge who despite being in a wheel chair managed to ascend Snowdon and also to abseil off the Humber Bridge and EyeGazeArtist, Sarah Ezekial who creates wonderful works of art using only her eyes.
Thanks to students and staff at Dover College for supporting MNDA and we look forward to hearing about your future activities.
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.
On Friday evening when we arrived at the hotel, we had the opportunity to meet with some trustees and members of other groups, which was helpful in identifying some new ideas to work towards improving our activities in East Kent.
Saturday started with a short welcome speech by Alun Owen Chair of the Trustees of the Association.
Sally light then spoke of what we had achieved in 2016 and how we can help. She used 2 excellent graphics for this and these are reproduced below. These present the gist of her speech much better than any words.
Chris James spoke about the Association’s in complementing statuary services, collaborative working and the MND Costs Campaign.
Steve Bell spoke about the “What You Should Expect” an excellent small booklet giving brief details of what a pwMND should expect from the NICE Guidelines on MND and the Audit Tool to help assess how various bodies are doing in compliance with the guidalines.
We broke into groups which covered subjects like money for nothing fund raising, care update, the journey from awareness to action and local and regional finance.
We broke for lunch and the opportunity to look around the various stalls, we were particularly impressed by REMAP, a charity which makes custom made equipment to help disabled people live more independent lives. Please visit www.remap.org.uk
The AGM followed, during which our own Katy Styles was elected as a Trustee and Richard Coleman was elected as Chair of the Trustees.
The keynote speech was delivered by Professor Ammar Al-Chalabi. This speech was one of the most impressive I have ever been present at and I recommend everyone to look at it here https://www.facebook.com/pg/mndassociation/videos/?ref=page_internal click the link to MNDA Research under All Videos.
This month he has been raising awareness of MND and Kennedy’s Disease as he is a finalist in the National Cat of the Year. He is in the Better Together category where it is all about how he and his owner, Mark Styles look out for each other.
Spike, a 17 year old ginger and white moggy has been in the local paper -the Kentish Gazette, videoed and photographed by Cats Protection and on the local news programme – Meridian.
Spike’s category is one which is decided by a public vote, so if you would like to vote for him after 30th June go to the www.facebook.com/catsprotection
Winners will be announced on 3rd August at the Savoy, London.
On Tuesday 30th May, 120 people from various charities attended a disability hustings event organised by the Disability Benefits Consortium. The MND Association is part of the consortium so attended with campaigners and staff from across the country.
Minister for the Disabled, Penny Mordaunt (Con), Kate Green (Lab) and Baroness Sally Brinton (Lib Dem) were present.
Mark Styles from East Kent Group was selected to ask a question about scrapping reassessments for people with progressive, degenerative conditions. Other questions were asked about social care and work for the disabled.
Please follow this link to go to inews for an article which features Mark Styles https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/disabled-voters-grill-election-candidates-nappy-suitable-substitute-night-time-care/
Currently MND Campaigns is running an e-action to get people to ask their General Elextion candidates for a commitment to scrapping reassessments. You can take part here. It’s easy and takes seconds to do.
On 24th March, the first ever Kennedy?s Disease Day ? specifically for people living with Kennedy?s Disease, their families and carers, together with researchers and healthcare professionals took place in Derby.??
The day was run by UCL, the MND Association and UK Kennedy?s Disease. UCL run the Kennedy?s Disease Clinic and research into the disease at the Institute of Neurology, Queens Square, London.??
Kennedy?s Disease is supported by the MND Association. It is a slowly progressive degenerative disease of the motor neurons and has many symptoms that people with MND would recognise, together with some they wouldn?t. It causes mobility, swallowing and speech problems as well as breathing problems.??
The day was all about explaining the research that is currently going on, the support available from the clinic, the work of the MND Association and specifically MND Campaigns and how the charity Kennedy?s Disease UK are raising money for research into the disease.?
Katy Styles addressed the audience, which?was believed to have the?largest number of people living with Kennedy?s Disease present at one time, anywhere in the world. She spoke about how the Association currently supports people living with Kennedy?s Disease, through the work of branches and groups, through support grants, the work of MND Education, publications available and how MND Campaigns had made a big impact on getting more decision makers to understand what life was like for people living with KD. UK Kennedy?s Disease founder Kate Hopps also spoke about their fundraising work and Eric Mager, spoke about the Facebook Group he had set up to support people with KD and their families ? KDRA.??
Everyone came away from the day determined that this would become an annual event and thinking how they could now get involved with fundraising and campaigning to raise awareness of this disease.??
Thanks?to the MND Association for helping support this day.??
More about Kennedy?s Disease UK can be found here.??