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
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 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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The third Coastal walk to D’Feet MND took place on Saturday
May 18th. There were three walk
A long walk (approx. 24 miles) Whitstable to
A medium length walk (approx. 13 miles) Minnis
Bay to Broadstairs.
A short walk (approx. 6 miles) Margate to
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
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.
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
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.
The Wrotham Arms in Broadstairs has been a fantastic
supporter of MNDA East Kent for several years.
The Wired New Year’s Day Jam, which featured many local musicians, and prizes donated by various people, with a special mention to Hornby for their generous donation, raised the fabulous sum of £960.30. The main contributor being the raffle, but also sales of the Fairholt album and some £70 from the collection box.
More recently on 14th April Lodestone, Flame
Pilots and Spyplane played in the afternoon.
Ben Mills and Robert Jarvis performed in the evening, great fun was had,
and a raffle raised some £310.00.
The Wrotham arms has now raised over £6,000.00 for MNDA East Kent, since the 1st Jan 2016. Thanks to Jackie and her staff at the Wrotham Arms, thanks to all the musicians who have played at various functions, thank to all organisers and finally thanks to all the customers at the Wrotham Arms for their generosity over the past few years.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: