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A Million from an MNDA Warrior in East Kent

“Right….I have decided “  he said. “What have you decided ?” I said curious, even though I was immersed in my breadmaking.  “ I’m going to do a million!! “….I was even more curious by now! A million pounds perhaps (well we are always trying to raise funds) but a MILLION?  Our normal fund raising activities have been severely curtailed this year, no social gatherings, face to face quizzes, cake sales or group walks have been possible…so this seemed almost unachievable.

Clive Hudson cycling in his shed.

During this uniquely trying, Covid ridden, frightening, challenging time even a hundred would be fabulous….but a million?  I looked at Clive with admiration….”A million pounds, that would be astounding “ I said….he gave me one of those looks….”Not pounds silly, I shall be cycling a million!!”…”Miles or kilometres ? That’s an awful long way whichever”….Clive sighed and then explained he had set himself a target to cycle a million metres during this, his seventy fifth year to try and raise funds to support people living with MND living in our area, East Kent!! It sounded almost impossible when he first told me…but here we are, 10 months on and only 68,000  metres to finish what seemed an insurmountable task at the start!

The secret to completing the gargantuan task is, of course planning, organisation and having a VERY understanding wife!!  Come rain or shine, wind or hail, Clive has been pounding away every day on his bike….and bit by bit, metre by metre the target is being met! Well….perhaps not in the way he would have chosen back in October 2019…..the cycle paths are so near and yet so far, we have both had to shield throughout the pandemic….who knew this virus would nearly scupper the planned ride last year? No….a bit of lateral thinking, and an old bike stand later the ride has been almost entirely completed in our shed!! So social distancing and health needs have been met more than adequately. Clive has clambered on his trusty (rusty!!) steed every day and is nearly there. The  almost daily plea “ Have you seen my cycling shorts?” has been regularly met with “ Where did you last put them?”  The aching cramped legs are now rippling with muscles  …and a little money has been raised on the Just Giving Page to try and supplement the hugely reduced  funds raised this year. Who knows…a million might mean exactly that..we will just have to see on his 75th birthday on September 26th when this challenge is complete.

Lynn Hudson August 2020

Donations https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mndamillionmetres

Original story https://mnda-eastkent.org.uk/wordpress/?p=3058

On line Support Meeting

We will be holding an on-line support meeting on Wednesday 15th July at 11am. We will be using Zoom, you can download the app at https://zoom.us/support/download

If you are living with MND or have been affected by MND, you are very welcome to join us.

We very much hope this meeting will be a success and we will consider further meetings if there is demand. We feel it might be possible to have meetings for specific activities, such as music, films, books or indeed anything for which there is demand from members.

If you would like to attend on Wednesday 15th July please send an email to webmaster@mnda-eastkent.org.uk or telephone 01843 579941.

Chair for East Kent Group of MNDA

Our current chairman is standing down in September and we are seeking a volunteer to fill this role.

As Branch Chair, you will:

• Ensure continued delivery and development of our local work to support people with MND and their families

• Plan, prepare for and facilitate committee meetings
• Ensure appropriate decisions are made in a timely way when required
• Support Branch volunteers in planning and coordinating Branch activities
• Ensure Branch volunteers are aware of and follow the Association’s policies and procedures
• Induct and mentor new volunteers
• Work in partnership with staff to recruit new volunteers
• Act as an ambassador for the Association and as a host at Branch events.

This is an excellent opportunity to develop utilise your leadership skills and get involved with your local community. We are looking for someone reliable, warm and empathetic with the ability to motivate others. Leadership skills and experience of chairing meetings would be an advantage, along with good organisational and listening skills.

The group Chair will usually work for approximately 7-10 hours a week and facilitate on average 6 committee meetings a year and be involved in perhaps another dozen meetings during the year.

You’ll be inducted into the role and informed about the Association. As part of this, you will receive e-learning, face-to-face training and mentoring.

You can apply for this role here or you may contact chair@mnda-eastkent.org.uk.

Special Appeal for Funds

During the current Covid 19 pandemic, we have been obliged to cancell many fund raising events and this has left us some £10,000 short of funds in 2020 to provide support to people living with MND and their families in East Kent.

The East Kent Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) has launched a special appeal for donations to maintain their vital support for people living with the terminal illness Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in East Kent.

If we are unable to increase our funds over the next few months, we may have to reduce the level and types of support that we currently provide. Clearly that is not something we wish to happen as we know how much these things mean to people living with MND. 

If you are one of the lucky ones who is saving money during this crisis, by not going out, holidaying, not visiting the hairdresser, please consider sending some of those savings to support people living with MND please visit:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mnda-east-kent-special-appeal

We completely understand that not everyone is in a position to support us but if you are able to donate, we will ensure every penny will be spent in continuing to provide this vital support for people in East Kent, at a time when it is needed more than ever.

Thank you from all of us at the East Kent Group of the MND Association.

Video Consultations

One of our members wrote the following report about services being offerred during the current pandemic crisis.

Due to Covid-19 my normal clinic was cancelled. I was offered a video consultation instead.

This would be with the same consultant and specialist nurse that I would have seen.

The only stipulation was that I had to have a smartphone (ios or android).

If I didn’t have a smartphone there was a contact number to call to advise them.

On the day of my appointment I received a text message with a link that I had to press at the time of my appointment.

This opened a video screen on my phone where I could see the consultant and specialist nurse in a room.

The video quality was very good and the audio was clear. I had no buffering issues. Although I have a very poor mobile phone signal I have a very fast internet connection so I tend to run everything through my internet connection.

I felt that I had had a proper consultation and had covered everything that I wanted to ask (I had made some notes beforehand).

I didn’t feel rushed.

An issue was that normally before the appointment I would have blood/lung function tests at the hospital and then discussed at the meeting.

This could not happen.

Another issue is privacy. Its important that you are somewhere quiet and can talk freely. Likewise it is important at the hospital that it is treated as though the patient is physically in the room.

I would certainly like to use the system again.

When we are in more ‘normal’ times perhaps we could be given a choice hospital attendance or video consultation.

Chrissie Batts MND Specialist Nurse who was part of the above consultation added the following.

Since the start of the Covid-19 virus which has caused havoc in our lives, we have all had to adapt.  Being a technophobe with little knowledge, this has been even more of a challenge.

Usually, I would meet people living with MND at home or in the clinic, having face to face to discussions.  As clinics and home visits became suspended, I was asked to trial the new system that EKHUFT were introducing to support consultations.

I trialled this with a couple of colleagues prior to breaking it out to patients!

I surprised myself as to how easy this system is to use, so am encouraging other nurses to use this system.  Obviously it isn’t the same as meeting face to face but, at the present time, it is solving a few difficulties.

If you have used the system with me please let me know your thoughts which I can share with the IT team

Quiz – Wrotham Arms

A quiz will be held on Thursday November 21st at The Wrotham Arms, Ramsgate Road, Broadstairs, to raise funds for MNDA East Kent. The Quiz will start at 7.30 prompt

MNDA East Kent is looking to enter 2 tables of 6 for the quiz, please email chair@mnda-eastkent.org.uk to book a place.

Entry is £5 per head, nibbles will be provided and teams may bring any extra food they wish.

There will be two games, winners of which will receive a prize. There will also be a raffle.

We look forward to seeing as many supporters turning out to support the Wrotham Arms who have been a fantastic supporter of MNDA East Kent for many years.

Ruby Walk to D’Feet MND

Can you WALK for 40 minutes and can you raise £40 sponsorship?

If the answer is yes to both please join us in Canterbury on Sunday 6th October. The venue is Lifestyle Fitness, Canterbury Campus, Knight Avenue, Canterbury, CT2 QA and the time is 2pm.

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

Hilary Smith and Brian Sackett

Registration details are shown below, if you register on the web site, you will be sent an electronic sponsorship form which you can print, if you chose to register with Brian Sackett he will send you a sponsorship form.

Every sponsored walker will receive an MNDA tee shirt and upon completing the 40 minutes, you will receive a souvenir medallion of the day.

You can register for our walk at http://mnda-eastkent.org.uk/rubywalk

You may donate to the Ruby Walk to D’Feet MND at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rubywalk2019 all monies donated will be used to support people living with MND in East Kent or to contribute towards research for a cure.

Brian and Hilary gave an interview to Kent On Line. 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.

Coastal Walk to D’Feet MND

The third Coastal walk to D’Feet MND took place on Saturday May 18th.  There were three walk options.

  1. A long walk (approx. 24 miles) Whitstable to Broadstairs.
  2. A medium length walk (approx. 13 miles) Minnis Bay to Broadstairs.
  3. A short walk (approx. 6 miles) Margate to Broadstairs.
Walkers at the Margate Start Point

Some 60 walkers walked on the day.  The weather was fair and the walk most enjoyable.  The walkers from Whitstable started at 7.30 am, those from Minnis Bay at 11.30 and the final group from Margate at 1.30pm

All walkers finished at the Wrotham Arms, Ramsgate Road, Broadstairs, between 2 and 4.30pm. Medallions were presented to all walkers who completed their walk. 

The Finish Line

Adrian Powell made a brief speech of thanks to all walkers, the organisers and of course our sponsors.

Refreshments were provided by the Wrotham Arms and excellent they were, thanks to Jackie and her team at the Wrotham Arms.  Soothing drinks were also enjoyed from the bar.

As of June 12th, the Walk has raised £6,500 including gift aid.  A fantastic result which means over 3 years we have raised over £25,000 to support people living with MND in East Kent and contribute towards research for a cure for this devastating disease.

As a direct result of our walk in 2018, MNDA East Kent have been able to fund the purchasing of a piece of equipment to allow the respiratory nurse to be mobile in the MND clinic at William Harvey Hospital in Ashford. This will make life much easier for patients with MND visiting the clinic.

We will be announcing details of installation on our web site, when the equipment is installed.

Huge thanks to our sponsors Greenwich Kitchens and Premier Signs and Graphics; to The Wrotham Arms; to all walkers; to everyone who collected sponsorship, and everyone who gave generously.

Spike is no ordinary cat.

Spike

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.  

http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/update/2017-06-07/why-is-this-loyal-feline-friend-up-for-a-national-award/ 

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.