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 places, 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 as a way to alleviate the difficulties confronted by so many on account 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 gifting away two hampers value a whopping £100 kilos every and one runner up of two free cinema tickets to the Vue cinema. Prizes will likely be drawn reside on December 16 and given personally on December 19 by one in every of our shoppers dressed as Santa and his two little helpers. You should be okay with just a few footage taken upon receiving prizes.
We have a situation, in our line of labor we glance after younger adults with studying disabilities, we wish 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 you need to do to enter is share our put up, like our web page and tag another person within the feedback that meets the factors.
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Thanet Lions Club
This yr has been tough 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 associates. By this implies and utilizing some money reserves we’re once more capable of assist needy households this coming December. Normally we pack some 260 meals hampers however as this isn’t doable as an alternative we’re buying meals vouchers. The vouchers will likely be distributed with assist from organisations corresponding to Children Centres and faculties.
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 predominant supply of revenue to assist the neighborhood. In addition we’ve got 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 will likely be giving 120 totally 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 will likely be drawn at random and the more instances Foreland Fields Charity is nominated, the more likelihood 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 advanced 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 revenue over this yr with so many fundraising actions having been cancelled.
“If we received, it might 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 totally inclusive playgrounds at Foreland Fields School. The specialist tools is now loved by the scholars every day and it’s improbable to observe them exploring, studying, and changing into more assured.
“We are actually about to fund the set up of Sensory audio and lighting to the prevailing hydrotherapy pool located inside Foreland Fields School. Up till the pandemic, the pool was getting used every day to supply hydrotherapy to over 250 customers over the college 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 faculty, who’s confined to a wheelchair, as soon as advised 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 via fundraising and donations obtained 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 offer the charity the very best likelihood of profitable. 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 want to discover out more in regards to the charity and its present tasks, 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 reworked to permit all those that have misplaced family members to replicate and keep in mind from the consolation and security of dwelling.
Sara Scriven, who leads the group 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 will likely be despatched a lovely dove to dedicate and grasp on their Christmas bushes, or in a particular place at dwelling, 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 will likely 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 info 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 injury the seabed.
However, it isn’t solely the federal government that has an obligation of care in direction of our surroundings but in addition 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 in addition 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 simply 40 yearly and doesn’t take note of 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 will likely 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 employees 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 going through an invasive operation to chop away a part of the gland till East Kent Hospitals interventional radiology marketing consultant Neelan Das provided him the choice of pinhole surgical procedure as an alternative.
Dr Das was capable of efficiently block blood move to the prostate gland through the use of x-ray imaging to information a skinny tube to the blood vessels that provide it. Tiny plastic particles had been then injected into the vessels to dam the move, inflicting the gland to shrink. The process occurred 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 kids thought I used to be going to die, however now I’m lifting weights at dwelling, 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 family members in London when he all of a sudden discovered he couldn’t urinate.
Medics fitted a catheter and he was advised it may solely be in for per week – however 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 nervous about it leaking.
“My muscles were wasting and everyone kept telling me how terrible I looked – and I felt it too.”
After a large number of assessments he was advised his prostate gland was enlarged however 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 provided 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 lots of shaving and reducing, however with the PAE it was all executed by means of 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 ensure I may urinate and I feel it was the most effective 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 value doing.
“Our division was the second highest recruiter to a nationwide research on PAE which resulted in it being authorised by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence and subsequently the NHS.
“We look forward to more patients being offered this procedure.”
He thanked the urology group 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 may keep away from main surgical procedure corresponding to a hysterectomy because of strategies utilizing interventional radiology.
The interventional radiology group 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 primary artery of the physique) and stopping bleeding to inside organs such because the liver, abdomen and kidneys.