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Ruby Walk to D’Feet MND

The Ruby Walk to D’Feet MND took place in Canterbury on Sunday 6th October.

Under lowering skies, we hoped for a period without rain and our prayers were answered and our walk went ahead without a single drop of rain.

Brian and Hilary

This year is the 40th anniversary of the Motor Neurone Disease Association. To mark this event Brian Sackett and his sister Hilary Smith organised the Ruby Walk to D’Feet MND.  Both Brian and Hilary lost partners to MND, so it is a subject very close to their hearts.

Brian and Hilary hoped that 40 walkers would walk for 40 minutes and raise £40 in sponsorship, a target of £1600.

54 Walkers turned out on the day, walking for 40 minutes around the athletics track at Lifestyle Fitness in Canterbury, raising the astonishing sum of £3,113 in sponsorship.

The event started with a group photograph of all the Walkers by the Kentish Gazette, which we hope will be published in their next edition.

Walkers ready to start

Walkers came from all parts of East Kent and some walkers travelled from as far as the Isle of Sheppey.

Huge thanks to Brian and Hilary for organising this excellent event,  especially thanks to all 54 walkers who jointly raised £3,113 in sponsorship to date, a fabulous amount which will be used to support people living with MND in East Kent and to contribute towards researching a cure for this devastating disease. 

We would also like to thank Lifestyle Fitness for allowing us to use their track and to Kentish Gazette and the KM Group for their support and especially to everyone who contributed monies towards this great fund-raising event

If anyone has any sponsorship remaining to be paid, please send your cheque made out to MNDA East Kent to 171 Percy Avenue, Broadstairs, Kent, CT10 3LE or alternately to Just Giving at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rubywalk2019  If you use the Just Giving Link please indicate this is sponsor monies for the Ruby Walk.

Anyone wishing to donate can also use the Just Giving link above.

You can see Brian and Hilary give an interview to Kent Online.  It is very moving and worth a read:  https://www.kentonline.co.uk/canterbury/news/i-thought-it-can-t-strike-our-family-again-how-wrong-was-i-210322/  this link also takes you to the KMTV interview.

National Citizenship Service Group fund raising in Thanet.

A group of young people doing their National Citizenship service selected MNDA East Kent as their charity for a series of events which took place in Thanet from Tuesday 13th until Friday 16th August.

The reason for selection of MNDA was the death of a family member, you can see the video the group made about this here https://t.co/QYjklKXEEt?amp=1

Another member of the group also had been affected by MND, you can see the video the group made about this here

NCS Thanet Group 3 Aidan Holdford, Theo Trigwell, Jonathan Stewart-Reed, Mia Hughes, Sade Allison, Imogen Kyte, George Cox, Henry Carter Edwards, Ffion Cousins, Eve Blythe-Adam, Morgan Carey, Chardonnay Tamara, Chloe Marker and Toby Saunders

You can donate to the group on Just Giving by visiting https://t.co/ccILEJNMM4?amp=1 This group of young people hoped to raise in excess of £500, they actually achieved the astonishing sum of £1337.00. Huge thanks to every donor.

The events planned were:

Tuesday 13th August Walking Football with a cake sale at Margate Football Club, Hartsdown Road, Margate. 13.00 – 16.00. Admission was free. To play football, the donation was £1 and for 3 penalties the donation was £2. Full details can be found by visiting here https://www.instagram.com/p/B08-OltlmEh/?igshid=1dvkortoex0xq

Tuesday 13th August at 16.35 members of the NCS Group visited 107.8 Academy FM to be interviewed. Details here https://www.instagram.com/p/B053laKFlAg/?igshid=1rl585ob4lbos

Wednesday 14th August there was a live stream on Twitter, Instagram and You Tube.

Friday 16th August the group held a NEON PARTY at Newington Green Community Centre,
Marie Thomas, Princess Margaret Avenue, Ramsgate, CT12 6HX, from 16.00 – 20.00. Entry was £3.00. There was music and refreshments.

Neon Party in full swing

Huge thanks to this wonderful group of young people, who raised £1337.00 in a very short period of time. Thanks to you all and thanks to everyone who supported your efforts and to everyone who donated.

Joe Shaves Head For MNDA

Joseph (Joe) Taylor a scaffolder from Deal, was enjoying some drinks with friends in The Farrier, Deal.

Joe Taylor

His friends tried to get him to shave his head and jovially offered to pay him to do so.

Joe decided to go ahead and have his hair shaved off, but insisted it was done for charity.

The charity Joe chose was the Motor Neurone Disease Association in memory of his Grandmother who died from Motor Neurone Disease.

Joe’s head was shaved at the end of May, donations were made by Friends, Family, Customers of The Farrier and colleagues at All Access Scaffolding in Margate.

The total raised was £300 and this was presented to Clive Hudson, Chairman of the East Kent Branch of MNDA.  The money will be used to support people living with MND in East Kent.

MNDA East Kent would like to thank Joe, his family and friends, customers at the Farrier and colleagues at All Access Scaffolding for their generosity. ff

Saltwood Boxing Day Fun Run 2018

The Saltwood Run has been held for many years on Boxing Day.  Large numbers of runners turn out to run off some of the Christmas dinner.

North Kent MNDA have been a recipient of funds from the run for many years.  We have received a cheque for £2,500.00 from funds raised at the 2018 run.

Thanks to Ross Sansom and the team organising the Saltwood Run and to all the runners who efforts over many years have raised substantial funds to support people living with MND in East Kent.

Many thanks also to the Members of Rotary Club of The Channel for their continuing support over many years.  We received a cheque for £250 for the run in 2018.

Huge thanks to everyone involved in the Fun Run:  The Runners, Ross Sansom and his team, Rotary Club of The Channel and everyone who donated. People living with MND in East Kent and MNDA East Kent are very grateful for your continuing support.

Thanks, Beyond the Valley Travel

Beyond the Valley Travel is a not for profit organiser of travel for members in the Elham Valley.

Jenny Barling who sadly died of MND in late 2017 organised the travel events for many years and was a very popular figure.

Upon her death David and Surian Tamsitt took over, continuing Jenny’s excellent work in previous years.

During the period since Jenny died the group have held many events and at these event raffles were held in memory of Jenny.

Surian Tamsitt presenting cheque to Clive Hudson, Chair MNDA East Kent

This culminated in Mid-April with the presentation of a cheque for £1,100.00 to MNDA East Kent to be used for the support of people living with MND in East Kent.

Members of Beyond the Valley Travel at the cheque presentation.

MNDA East Kent would like to thank David, Surian and all the members of Beyond the Valley Travel for their generosity.  Huge thanks to you all. fff

Fabulous Christmas Lunch

We had 53 diners at our annual Christmas Lunch at the Yarrow Hotel, Broadstairs on Saturday 8th December.

Diners waiting for the first course to be served

We had an excellent meal, beautifully served by the staff of the hotel, who as ever were excellent.

During the course of the lunch Katy Styles MNDA Trustee awarded a 25 year award to Hazel Izzard (Watts) for her service to MNDA in East Kent over the past quarter century.  Hazel has retired from our group  and we gave her a beautiful bouquet in recognition of the incredible work she has done to support people living with MND in East Kent.

Hazel and Katy with Certificate
Hazel with bouquet of flowers

As in previous years we had a superb raffle, with prizes being bought along by many diners and we had lots of fun drawing the raffle and the children present certainly had fun collecting various prizes.

Raffle prizes

We would like to thank the Yarrow Hotel and their wonderful staff, all raffle donors and everyone who attended for making it such a splendid lunch.

We wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and a good 2019.

3rd Coastal Walk to D’Feet MND May 18th 2019

We will be holding our third Coastal Walk to D’Feet MND on Saturday May 18th 2019.There will be three walks, the first  from Whitstable to Broadstairs , the second  from Birchington Minnis Bay to Broadstairs and the third from Margate to Broadstairs.  All will end with refreshments at The Wrotham Arms, Ramsgate Road, Broadstairs.There is an entrance fee of  £10 which includes a tee shirt (collected on the day), training program, detailed plan of walk, and full insurance.  Only registered walkers can walk and they must wear the tee shirt for insurance purposes.Each walker is requested  to find sponsorship to support people living with MND in East Kent.  There is no obligation to raise sponsorship but all support is greatly appreciated.To register for the walk, please visit www.mnda-eastkent.org.uk/walk2019 , complete the form, then follow the link to Just Giving to pay your entry fee of £10. If you intend to set up your own JustGiving page, we are happy for you to do so. Please select MNDA as your charity and then please mention MNDA East Kent in your story to ensure that funds you raise are used for people living with MND in East Kent.  Once you have set up your JustGiving Page, please link it to our team at www.justgiving.com/teams/coastalwalk2019/join  so we can keep track of the total funds we raise.If you want to make a donation in support but not register please visit our Donations PageShould you experience any difficulties please email webmaster@mnda-eastkent.org.uk

The route is shown on the map above. Training programs for the walks, the Walk Plan, sponsorship forms, posters and flyers can be downloaded below:

24 mile walk training programme download PDF

11 mile walk training programme download PDF

Walking Route and Plan download PDF

Sponsorship Form download

Poster download

We  thank our sponsors, with whose help we are able to raise substantial sums to help people living with MND in East Kent.

 

Pearson Whiffin Charity Football Competition

On Saturday 2nd June the 7th annual Pearson Whiffin Charity 5-a-side football tournament took place at KSports Cobdown in Ditton, Aylesford. 

Competition in progress

The day was overcast but dry, ideal conditions for playing football.

48 teams played several matches each seeking to win the coveted Champions Cup, the cup was won by Macklands with ISS winning the Consolation Cup.

Macklands – Winners Champions Cup 2018
ISS – Consolation Cup Winners 2018

The chosen charity for the day was MNDA in Kent, with all proceeds to be shared amongst the branches and groups in Kent.

Pearson Whiffin organisers and MNDA volunteers

Through various activities on the day and raffles, Pearson Whiffin raised over £5000 to support people living with MND in Kent.

MNDA East Kent warmly thank Rob Pearson and his team for organising this wonderful event and raising funds to support people living with MND in Kent.

Please support our sponsors by visiting www.pearsonwhiffin.co.uk for all your recruitment needs.

http://www.pearsonwhiffin.co.uk

Thanks – Dover College

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.

Thanks to Botany Bay Hotel

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