During the academic year 2017-2018 Dover College elected MNDA East Kent as their Charity of the year. The charity was specifically chosen in memory of Ronnie Philpott, a much-loved member of staff at Dover College and former mayor of Dover.
During the year the school held many events, including a 15 mile whole school sponsored walk, ‘Whiskers for Ronnie’, ‘100 Mile Month’, themed non-uniform days, garden parties, cake sales and a host of other activities and events.
Staff, students and the parents together raised the amazing sum of £10,431.35 for MNDA in East Kent.
MNDA East Kent would like to thank everyone who worked to raise this money and everyone who contributed. This sum will be used to support people living with MND in East Kent, their carers and families.
The Headmaster Gareth Doodes, Laura Walters teacher of Art and Charity fundraising co-ordinator, and several students presented Clive Hudson chair of MNDA East Kent with a cheque on Monday 1st October 2018.
Huge thanks to the management and staff at the Botany Bay Hotel for raising the sum of £1000 for MNDA East Kent. This sum was raised from a football match, a quiz as well as counter collections
We would also like to thanks Shepherd Neame for their support and also for making the Botany Bay such a great place to visit and enjoy, especial thanks are due for accessibility to people with mobility problems.
Last but not least we thank all the customers of the Botany Bay Hotel whose generosity enabled this sum to be collected.
The picture below shows from left to right;
Clive Hudson – Chair MNDA East Kent, April Eames – Manager Botany Bay Hotel, Christine Smith – Guest, Lana Turner – Team Member and Steve Smith – Guest
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.
Silence Speaks is the Association’s activity to raise awareness of speech loss in over 80 % of people living with MND. During October people take up the challenge of raising awareness of the issue by running a variety of events, these include sponsored silences, silent discos, silent quizzes and lots more.
Chrissie Batts, East Kent Hospital Trust’s Specialist Nurse undertakes outreach to hospital
staff at all three trust hospitals to raise awareness of the support people living with MND will need with their carers should they attend or stay in hospital.
As part of this programme, Chrissie together with Judy Keay, Association Visitor Coordinator and Katy and Mark Styles went to the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital in Margate on Friday 20th October to explain about motor neurone disease but with the added pressure of doing this silently. These awareness activities are held weekly within all three hospitals and staff from all departments are encouraged to pop in and see the presentations on those days.
Together Chrissie, Judy, Mark and Katy had downloaded type to speech apps on iPhones and iPads, creating key phrases to explain what we were doing and what help people in hospital with MND many need. We used pads and pens, laminated letter sheets and pre-printed leaflets from the Association.
We met staff from all different departments with very different duties who were all very interested to learn about speech loss in MND. Staff said that as we were not speaking it made them not want to speak. Others commented that it was really important to highlight this issue and asked what they could do to support someone with MND.
During the session, Katy Styles awarded Chrissie with an MND Association Extra Mile Award
for her dedication to supporting the people living with MND in East Kent. Extra Mile awards are awarded to staff who have gone above and beyond to support people living with MND, their families and carers. Katy had pre-recorded a short speech to explain to Chrissie why she was receiving the Award. The Chief Nurse, from the East Kent Hospital University and Foundation Trust, Sally Smith attended the presentation and congratulated Chrissie.
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 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.
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.