Daily Archives: May 15, 2019

We Care Campaign wins national campaigning award from UK Parliament

On Tuesday 2nd April, Katy Styles and the We Care Campaign team arrived at Westminster to collect the UK Parliament’s Digital Campaigner of the Year.

2019 marks the second year of the Your UK Parliament awards. The winning entries were chosen by the Speaker of the House of Commons, and a judging panel of MPs, Peers and independent judges. All of the winners attended an awards ceremony hosted by the Speaker in the Houses of Parliament.

The Rt. Hon John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, said:

Katy Styles ©UK Parliament_Mark Duffy

“There is nothing more inspiring than hearing how these winners used so many innovative ways to get people more involved and connected with UK Parliament. This year’s awards have shone a light on this amazing work – and will hopefully encourage others to join the campaign.”

We Care Campaign is an ongoing campaign to get a better deal for the UK’s 7 million unpaid carers. It is led by carers, for carers. Carers are a hard to reach group as they often feel too tired, too isolated and disempowered to take part in campaigning.

We Care undertook 3 digital activities. Katy ran an e-petition calling on government to publish a Carers’ Strategy. The petition obtained 2,124 signatures. We Care also encouraged unpaid carers to take part in a twitter #AsktheMinister question session to the Minister for Social Care, Caroline Dinenage. We then used our own @WeAreCarers account to host Barbara Keeley, the Shadow Minister, enabling carers to ask more than one politician the same questions during Carers Week. We Care organised a Valuing Carers digital event where decision makers, carers and the cared for posted messages of support for unpaid carers during Carers Rights Day.

We Care Team with Mr Speaker Bercow ©UK Parliament_Mark Duffy

We Care Campaign’s activities made a massive difference and impact on our target audience of unpaid carers who took part in our campaign actions. Individual carers took part in digital actions which helped organise a real grassroots campaign. We Care worked hard to utilise every contact made, by replying to every single contact individually. An unpaid carer speaking of one of our digital takeovers said, “Normally we get a bit of cake and bunting for Carers Rights Day. This is so much more than that. It’s not been done before.” We equally made an impact on individual decision makers, within parliament and beyond and have built a strong network, enabling us to reach more carers in 2019.

Katy Styles who led the campaign said,

“We Care want to thank you so much for a special day in Parliament. Engaging with Parliament at this time in a positive way has never been so important and we have loved playing a small part in this.” fff

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

A thoroughly enjoyable Spring Lunch

East Kent MNDA Group help their annual Spring Lunch on Saturday 27th April at the Yarrow Hotel, Broadstairs.

There were 36 diners and we all enjoyed a well prepared and presented 3 course meal by the staff of the Yarrow Hotel.  The food was excellent and heartily enjoyed by everyone present.

Diners at the Spring Lunch 2019

We had the honour of having Richard Coleman, the Chairman of our Board of Trustees as our guest.  Richard gave a short speech about the history of the association and where it is going in the future, which was very well received.

Richard made presentation to Katy Styles and Clive Hudson for service to the association.

We had been donated a 4 Ball Golf Prize for Goodwood and we duly auctioned this.  Pat McCabe won the bidding with a donation of £100.00.

Adrian Powell made an impassioned plea for diners to either join our walk to D’Feet MND on May 18th or get their friends to do so. See www.mnda-eastkent.org.uk/walk19

We ended with a raffle, which is always fun.  It is a joy to watch the anticipation of our young diners. Thanks to all our members who contributed prizes.

Our amazing raffle

Thanks to everyone for coming and special thanks to the staff and management of the Yarrow Hotel, who made us feel very welcome. f