Social Enterprise Kent is delighted to announce that the Ageless Thanet programme has been awarded an extension from the National Lottery Community Fund to proceed working with native older folks to alleviate loneliness and social isolation. The mission is a part of a nationwide programme known as Ageing Better, designed to enhance the lives of individuals over 50, by decreasing loneliness and social isolation, and enhancing psychological and bodily wellbeing. Almost 150,000 folks have been concerned within the programme throughout 14 areas, together with Torbay, Middlesbrough, Birmingham, and the Isle of Wight.
The Ageless Thanet mission was deliberate to complete on the finish of March 2021, however has now been prolonged till December 2021 with a purpose to alleviate the difficulties confronted by so many as a result of COVID-19.
Rebecca Smith, Ageless Thanet Programme Manager, stated: “We are thrilled to have been given the opportunity to continue our work here at Ageless Thanet. This has and continues to be an incredibly isolating time for many people, so it has never been more important that projects such as Ageless Thanet are able to support those who are lonely. In the last five years since the project began, over 10,000 people have benefitted from our work, whether that is attending wellbeing activities, the Life Planning service, or receiving a free reward card that entitles them to discounts in local businesses. We thank the National Lottery Community Fund for their continued support, and of course National Lottery players without whom projects like Ageless Thanet would not exist.”
For more details about the Ageless Thanet mission, please go to www.agelessthanet.org.uk, or name 01843 210005.
M and M Personal Assistants
We right here at M and M Personal Assistants are freely giving two hampers price a whopping £100 kilos every and one runner up of two free cinema tickets to the Vue cinema. Prizes can be drawn stay on December 16 and given personally on December 19 by one in every of our purchasers dressed as Santa and his two little helpers. You have to be okay with a number of photos taken upon receiving prizes.
We have a situation, in our line of labor we glance after younger adults with studying disabilities, we want the prize to go to a household with a member with studying disabilities. We imagine instances have been onerous sufficient to check anybody, particularly to somebody that may’t comprehend what’s been happening, and we wish to unfold a little bit of happiness throughout these instances.
All it’s important to do to enter is share our put up, like our web page and tag another person within the feedback that meets the standards.
Find the put up right here
Thanet Lions Club
This yr has been troublesome for us and different charities as a result of the pandemic has hindered our fundraising occasions corresponding to automobile boot gross sales, summer season fete and quiz nights. We have used social media and phrase of mouth to generate donations from the general public and buddies. By this implies and utilizing some money reserves we’re once more in a position to assist needy households this coming December. Normally we pack some 260 meals hampers however as this isn’t potential as a substitute we’re buying meals vouchers. The vouchers can be distributed with assist from organisations corresponding to Children Centres and colleges.
In Birchington the “Birchington Advent Calendar Trail” has named Thanet Lions Club because the supported charity.
For subsequent yr we do hope our fundraising can return as our principal supply of earnings to assist the group. In addition we have now been chosen by the Coop Community Fund as one of many charities to be supported, so if as a Coop member you nominate Thanet Lions the Fund will donate a share to us to assist us assist these in want.
Foreland Fields Charity
Foreland Fields Charity is asking on supporters to appoint the charity to win a £1,000 festive monetary increase as a part of Ecclesiastical Insurance’s annual 12 days of giving Christmas marketing campaign.
The specialist insurer can be giving 120 completely different charities an early Christmas reward of a £1,000 donation, with 10 winners introduced every weekday from seventh to 22nd December.
It’s fast and simple to appoint Foreland Fields Charity on-line. Nominations are open from ninth November to 21st December and you may vote for Foreland Fields Charity at www.movementforgood.com/12days
You solely must vote as soon as.
Winners can be drawn at random and the more instances Foreland Fields Charity is nominated, the more probability it has of being chosen.
Foreland Fields Charity is a small charity that depends on donations and fundraising to assist its on-going work with younger folks aged three – 19, residing in Thanet and surrounding areas with profound, extreme, and complicated wants together with studying disabilities and sensory impairments.
Fundraiser for the charity, Hilary Plowman, stated: “Winning £1000 would make an enormous distinction to the charity nowadays. This yr has been onerous for everybody with the pandemic affecting a lot, and Foreland Fields Charity has seen a serious drop in earnings over this yr with so many fundraising actions having been cancelled.
“If we gained, it will enable the charity to proceed its work supporting the psychological well being and bodily wellbeing of the younger folks we work with and their households. Foreland Fields Charity has beforehand funded 2 absolutely inclusive playgrounds at Foreland Fields School. The specialist gear is now loved by the scholars each day and it’s implausible to observe them exploring, studying, and changing into more assured.
“We at the moment are about to fund the set up of Sensory audio and lighting to the present hydrotherapy pool located inside Foreland Fields School. Up till the pandemic, the pool was getting used each day to offer hydrotherapy to over 250 customers over the varsity yr. There are many recognised advantages related to hydrotherapy and the addition of Sensory audio and lighting can actually assist to extend these.
One of the scholars on the college, who’s confined to a wheelchair, as soon as instructed me after a hydrotherapy session ‘The water makes me feel free’ The smile on her face when she stated it was beaming.
The mission has been funded by way of fundraising and donations acquired and we’re notably grateful to the Thanet Fisherman’s Association, North Foreland Golf Club Ladies Team, The Ramsgate Mayor’s Charity Fund, and Premier Coatings (Kent) Ltd. Via FB Coales (No.four) Family Trust.”
Foreland Fields Charity is encouraging everybody to make use of their social media channels to ask folks to vote for them to present the charity the very best probability of successful. There are hyperlinks on the Ecclesiastical voting web site to make it simpler to share.
Hilary Plowman added: “Foreland Fields Charity are now directing a campaign to fundraise for the conversion of an unused field behind Foreland Fields School into a sports field with inclusive pavilion, horticulture, and forest school area. It is the charities vision to create a central hub for disability sport and leisure, for use by Foreland Fields School and a wide range of partners who meet the needs of the local community. We have recently received donations totalling just over £6,000 but have a long way to go to reach our total target.”
If you wish to discover out more in regards to the charity and its present initiatives, please contact Hilary Plowman at email@example.com
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Mark Hews, Group CEO of Ecclesiastical, stated: “As a commercial company with a charitable purpose, giving back is at the heart of our business. Our annual 12 days of giving Christmas campaign will help charities change lives for the better and we know that for many charities, £1,000 can make a real difference. We’re encouraging everyone to nominate a cause close to their hearts this Christmas to be in for a chance to win a festive financial boost.”
Pilgrims Hospices’ Trees of Love, east Kent’s largest remembrance, is their second attraction this yr to be launched with a movie. The occasion, often hosted at their three hospice websites, and different venues all through east Kent in December, has been remodeled to permit all those that have misplaced family members to mirror and bear in mind from the consolation and security of house.
Sara Scriven, who leads the staff behind Trees of Love, stated: “This has been a difficult year for us all, but our staff are still here, continuing to provide vital expert care and support. Being here for families after they’ve lost a loved one is incredibly important to all of us here at Pilgrims, and we hope Trees of Love 2020 will give everyone who has lost this year a meaningful way to join together and remember at home.”
Supporters can be despatched a gorgeous dove to dedicate and cling on their Christmas bushes, or in a particular place at house, and requested to look out for the discharge of the Trees of Love filmed Remembrance Service on Saturday fifth December 2020 at 5pm.
“We’re so excited to have BBC filmmaker, Kerry King, back on board for this special project. Our first remembrance film, produced in July for Sunflowers Memories, was such a success that we knew we had to work with him again on our festive remembrance, Trees of Love.”
The filmed Service can be launched on the Pilgrims Hospices YouTube Channel, and their web site, on Saturday 5 December at 5pm, and will embody supporters sharing their tales, alongside festive remembrance readings, carols and a change on of the Trees of Love lights throughout east Kent.
For more data on how to participate go to www.pilgrimshospices.org/treesoflove or contact the Pilgrims Hospices Supporter Relations Team on 01227 782062 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save Our Sands
Recent articles in The Guardian (October 29th) and ITV Meridian (November 10th) have highlighted the Government’s abject failure to guard marine conservation zones (MCZs) such because the Goodwin Sands from industrial actions like marine combination dredging that harm the seabed.
However, it’s not solely the federal government that has an obligation of care in direction of the environment but additionally those that want to exploit it. As a substantial industrial presence in Dover, Dover Harbour Board must be taking their very own duty for the environmental impacts of eradicating three million tonnes of sand from the Goodwins. Not solely are they a marine protected space but additionally act as an important sea defence for the unstable shoreline between Kingsdown and Deal.
DHB claims that DWDR will create 600 new jobs however that is over 15 years, amounting to only 40 yearly and doesn’t bear in mind the a number of hundred redundancies which have sadly taken place on the port this yr.
Experts have suggested us that the impacts from offshore dredging can take 20 years to manifest themselves. By this time the present members of Dover Harbour Board can be lengthy gone and it is going to be left to us, the taxpayers, to choose up the items.
East Kent Hospitals
A grandfather has thanked hospital workers for giving him his life again after he underwent a ground-breaking process for prostate issues.
James Allen-Harvey needed to have a catheter fitted after his enlarged prostate meant he was unable to cross urine with out it.
He was dealing with an invasive operation to chop away a part of the gland till East Kent Hospitals interventional radiology marketing consultant Neelan Das supplied him the choice of pinhole surgical procedure as a substitute.
Dr Das was in a position to efficiently block blood movement to the prostate gland by utilizing x-ray imaging to information a skinny tube to the blood vessels that offer it. Tiny plastic particles had been then injected into the vessels to dam the movement, inflicting the gland to shrink. The process came about on the Kent and Canterbury Hospital, one in every of solely round 20 NHS hospitals within the nation to supply it.
Mr Allen-Harvey, who lives in Westgate and is a retired builder and tiler, stated: “Dr Das is a hero in my eyes. He has given me my life again.
“I had misplaced a lot weight my youngsters thought I used to be going to die, however now I’m lifting weights at house, strolling the canine 4 instances a day and going working.
“It has been absolutely fantastic.”
His issues started in June 2019 throughout a go to to kinfolk in London when he all of a sudden discovered he couldn’t urinate.
Medics fitted a catheter and he was instructed it may solely be in for every week – nevertheless it ended up in place for more than a yr.
Mr Allen-Harvey, 65, stated: “It was simply dreadful. It was very painful, and I actually couldn’t go anyplace in any respect. I couldn’t put on shorts or denims due to the bag on my leg and I used to be eternally anxious about it leaking.
“My muscles were wasting and everyone kept telling me how terrible I looked – and I felt it too.”
After a mess of assessments he was instructed his prostate gland was enlarged nevertheless it wasn’t most cancers.
His authentic surgical procedure date needed to be postponed due to the Covid pandemic however was rescheduled this summer season. But then Dr Das supplied him an alternative choice.
He stated: “Dr Das stated the choice process, prostate artery embolisation or PAE, can be higher for me, and I made a decision to belief his opinion.
“The authentic operation would have concerned numerous shaving and reducing, however with the PAE it was all accomplished via a tiny gap in my groin.
“I was awake throughout, which was a bit scary but I didn’t feel any pain. I was chatting to the staff and looking around while they were working.”
He stayed in a single day as a precaution and had the catheter in for one other six weeks till it was eliminated at a post-op check-up.
Mr Allen-Harvey stated: “They had to verify I may urinate and I feel it was one of the best wee of my life.
“Now each time I’m going to the bathroom I say thanks.
“I want anyone in the same position to know you will feel well again, and you will get through it – I would recommend the PAE to anyone.”
Dr Das stated: “When I hear tales just like the one Mr Allen-Harvey has to inform, it completely makes my day and reaffirms that this job is price doing.
“Our division was the second highest recruiter to a nationwide research on PAE which resulted in it being accepted by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence and due to this fact the NHS.
“We look forward to more patients being offered this procedure.”
He thanked the urology staff and marketing consultant urologist Sashi Kommu for asking him to see Mr Allen-Harvey.
The interventional radiology service on the Kent and Canterbury Hospital is led by Dr Robert Kaikini and treats round 1,200 sufferers per yr.
As properly as prostate embolisation, the service presents minimally invasive options to many medical issues. Women with fibroids can even keep away from main surgical procedure corresponding to a hysterectomy because of methods utilizing interventional radiology.
The interventional radiology staff present a 24/7 emergency service alongside elective procedures. Emergency procedures embody inserting a tool to seal a ruptured aortic aneurysm (a bulge in the principle artery of the physique) and stopping bleeding to inside organs such because the liver, abdomen and kidneys.