Thanet community news: Donations, awards, saddling up and more

Thanet CAMRA donation

Thanet branch of CAMRA

At the annual CAMRA Thanet Easter Beer festival held at the Winter Gardens earlier this year, drinkers generously donated leftover tokens to a charity bucket. This year’s theme was RAF100.  The committee decided to donate this year’s money to two local Air Training Corps Squadrons, 438 (Thanet) Squadron based in Margate and 2433 (Ramsgate & Manston) Squadron based at Manston. The donations were the most that the beer festival has ever collected. Both were given a cheque for £335. Jo and Antony Walbank went and presented cadets from each Squadron with cheques.

If you are interested in joining RAF Air Cadets please go on the website

The Thanet Branch of CAMRA – the Campaign for Real Ale has been in existence since September 1975 and is one of 200 local CAMRA branches.  The branch has over 400 members, many of whom help out with the annual Planet Thanet Easter Beer Festival. If you are interested in helping organise 2019’s festival (taking place on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th April) or volunteer during set up, during festival itself or at take down we would love to hear from you. Contact us on [email protected] or through Facebook

You can find more information about Thanet CAMRA at

Westgate Town Council

The street collection permit was granted to Gill Gray of Westgate on Sea Town Council for the Westgate on Sea area for the purpose of collecting for the RNLI and YouCan charities on Sunday 26th August and Monday 27th August during the Punch and Judy Show event.  We are pleased to advise that we raised £68.43 for  the RNLI and £53.18 for YouCan charity over the two days.

Thanet Headway East Kent

Thanet Headway East Kent held a successful opening day on Friday, September 14. Guests were invited to see the centre and meet clients and staff.

During the morning and through personal stories guests were informed of the impact of and the vital social support work provided for brain injured people by Headway in Thanet.

Among those attending were representatives from local colleges and schools, Age UK, carers and Face Of the World (FOW) particular fund raisers for Headway East Kent Thanet.

Andrew Hunt our landlord came to look over the improvement works we carried out to the centre and to officiate over our raffle draw.

Anyone with a brain injury or their carers wishing to enquire about access to the centre and rehabilitation are asked to call 01843 593084 or 01227 783002.

Margate Civic Society

Our first meeting of the new season will be held in the Ballroom at the Walpole Bay Hotel, Fifth Avenue, Cliftonville on Thursday, 4 October at 7:30pm – attendees are requested to be seated by 7:15pm.   The meeting will start with our Annual General Meeting, followed by Members’ Notices, after which our guest speaker:  Dr Andrew Brown, BA PhD MCBA (Planning Director, South East Planning Group, Historic England) who will be giving an illustrated talk entitled “Thanet’s Gift to the World” which will be followed by an opportunity for any questions.

As always during the evening, raffle tickets will be on sale (£1.00 per strip or 6 for £5.00) with the draw taking place at the end of the evening, followed by refreshments.

All are welcome – nominal entrance fee is £3.50 for non-Members.

If you are interested in joining Margate Civic Society, or wish to find out more, please see our website for further details.

Pilgrims Hospices

Pilgrims Hospices is now accepting applications for this year’s Patricia Morley Awards for Improvements in End-of-Life care.

Patricia Morley (pictured above) was the incomparable and inimitable face of nursing at the Kent & Canterbury Hospital for many years. She worked tirelessly to promote best practice in nursing and was a long-standing Trustee of Pilgrims Hospices.

The awards are open to nurses and allied healthcare professionals who work within health, social care or Pilgrims Hospices in east Kent and this will be the second year that care professionals can submit a project plan or model of care that will improve end-of-life-care.

Last year’s award winner, Jan Hyde, End-of-Life-Care Facilitator for East Kent Hospital University Foundation Trust (EKHUFT) told us about her project: “The Comfort Care Packs are designed to support the essential comfort and dignity of family members staying overnight with loved ones.

The pack content is aimed at reducing anxiety in the relative who has no essential items to use but doesn’t want to leave the patient’s bedside. Some toiletries, a toothbrush and toothpaste are just a few of the items that can really make a difference to families at such a sensitive time.”

Last year also saw the launch of the Compassion Project, a collaborative project between East Kent Hospitals Foundation Trust and Pilgrims Hospices to promote a culture of compassion at end of life within the acute hospital settings at EKHUFT.

Wendy Hills, Director of Nursing and Care at Pilgrims Hospices, explains: “The Patricia Morley Awards are a very special chance for us to say thank you to the hundreds of other professionals in Kent who work hard to give the best end-of-life-care at a time when families need it most.”


Patricia Morley Award for improving end of life in an inpatient setting
Prize of £1,000 that can be used towards a project that will make a difference to patients being cared for either in a hospital ward setting or a hospice inpatient unit.

Patricia Morley Award for improving end of life in a community setting award
Prize of £1,000 that can be used towards a project that will make a difference to patients being cared for in the community.

Patricia Morley Award for innovation in improving end of life care
Prize of £1,500 that can be used towards a new model, tool or way of working that improves end of life care.

For more information and an application form visit entries must be in by 30 November.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their entry by December 14, with winners announced during the week beginning December 17.

If you or someone you know is coping with a life limiting illness and you think you may benefit from Pilgrims free services, talk to your GP or Healthcare Professional about your options or visit


Kent charity Demelza Hospice Care for Children is looking for do-gooders to saddle up for its new cycle challenge, The Italian Job.

The 225 mile ride will be set against the stunning backdrop of seven stunning Italian lakes and is taking place from 4-8 September, 2019.

Demelza is the first hospice in the UK to offer this once in a lifetime three-day fundraising cycle, which has been purposely designed to suit all biking abilities.

Riders looking to up their gears, have the option to tackle the famous five mile Madonna del Ghisallo climb – not for the faint-hearted!

Challengers will need to purchase their own flights, travel insurance and raise £1650 sponsorship, with all money raised helping Demelza to provide specialist care and emotional support for children with terminal conditions.

Events Coordinator Emma Cox, said: “We are so excited to be able to offer our supporters this once in a lifetime opportunity. Our challenge events always offer a fantastic experience for participants, with The Italian Job bringing breathtaking scenery and views – as well as the Madonna climb if challengers fancy ticking it off their bucket list. We hope lots of individuals and businesses will join #TeamDemelza for this epic adventure.

“People taking part can also ride happy knowing their involvement will be helping children with terminal conditions to build memories with their family, for however long they have together.”

Riders only need to pack their Lycra as bikes will be transported by Demelza to Italy on their behalf.

Registration for The Italian Job is £100 and is bookable at

For more information call Emma Cox on 01795 845 246 or email [email protected]

Aviva Community Fund

Craig Mackinlay MP is encouraging all community groups in South Thanet to apply for funding via the Aviva Community Fund.

The Aviva Community Fund awards funding of up to £25,000 for local community projects across a range of categories such as skills for life, health & wellbeing and community support. Last year Aviva had almost 600 winners, and this year they have even more awards up for grabs.

Applications can be made until noon on 9 October, with winners announced early next year.

You can find more information about how to apply on Aviva’s website, via this link:

Craig said: “Last year there were 3 winners of the Aviva Community Fund in Thanet alone, and so I am delighted to once again urge all community groups and charities in South Thanet to apply. It is an excellent initiative, with funding of up to £25,000 available for a variety of community projects, and so even one successful application could have a real impact on the lives of people in the local area.”