Thanet community news: Fundraisers, tennis, boxing funds and more

Family fun at the Racing Greyhound

Racing Greyhound fundraiser

A charity fundraiser at The Racing Greyhound in Ramsgate last weekend was a huge success, raising more than £3000.

The total means the pub will be able to buy three defibrillators, one for the Racing Greyhound and one for the Bell Inn in Minster and a third that will be decided by public vote.

Look out for vote details on The Racing Greyhound Ramsgate page here

Tennis champ

Local Thanet tennis player Amie Tonkiss has become a double champion at the annual Walmer Open Grass court Tennis Tournament. Over 160 tennis players from across the country entered the week long tournament.

Amie had to compete every day throughout the week to eventually make the women’s singles final, where she played the number one seed and reigning champion for the past two years.

The final was a thrilling encounter with excellent tennis from both women at 1 set each, it all came down to the final set and after going 4-0 down, Amie fought back to win six straight games to win the title, 6-2,3-6,6-4.

Amie and her partner Tom Pullen from Canterbury then won the mixed doubles title, winning in three sets 6-2,3-6,7-5.

The Walmer Open has been an established feature of Kent Tennis since 1903.

Ramsgate Amateur Boxing Club

Great news for the Ramsgate Amateur Boxing Club, the loyal locals of The Crown Pub, York Street, Ramsgate have managed to raise £1600 on a sponsored trip on the Loop dressed as ballerinas and a collection pot in the pub.

We at the Crown had the greatest pleasure in handing over the check to Les Ray, President of the Club, along with trainer Mickey Wilkinson and committee member Pat Allison, all who are involved in the running of the club and should be applauded for their efforts and commitment over many years.

Inner Wheel Club of Margate


The Inner Wheel Club of Margate enjoyed an outdoor President’s Lunch on August 1,                                            Lovely weather and surroundings provided a  great deal of fun and fellowship whilst raising funds for both PDSA and Muscular Dystrophy charities.Our next meeting will be held with a superb supper at Lesters’ family pub. For further information, please phone our Secretary: 01843 230771….visitors welcomed!

NCS Thanet team 3

NCS is a government funded organisation that encourages 16 year olds to take part in a social action project by raising money and awareness for a charity called MNDA (Motor Neurone Disease Association) which is very close to home for a member of our group.

The charity provides support for people suffering from Motor Neurone disease and they help their families care for them and create as many memories as possible.

We will be hosting an event to raise money for this charity on Friday (August 16) 4pm-8pm at Newington Community Centre.

This includes cake sales, video making, hair dying, leg waxing and finishing the week with a party.

Find the fundraising page here

Rotary Club of Margate

Members of the Rotary Club of Margate were invited to visit Silent Gliss at Westwood on Wednesday 24 July as part of our initiative to learn more about our local businesses.

We were given a fantastic welcome by Sam Shervill, the Marketing Manager, who introduced us to Guy Butler, the Managing Director.

Sam gave a short presentation on their market leading products, mainly curtain tracks and blinds, using innovative methods and technique including 3D blinds, aimed at the top end of the market.  We were then introduced to Simon Waller, the Factory Manager who showed us the factory and explained the different processes.  We were impressed by the smooth running of the production area.

After the factory visit, Guy outlined the structure of the business, its missions and values, and how it operates in the world market.  The company has been around for over 50 years, with the last 13 at their purpose built site in Poorhole Lane.   We were then joined by other members of the senior management team, Michelle Wilson -HR Manager and Amanda Cornwall – Purchasing Manager and a lively question and answer session followed.   We also learned about their community work with local charities.  We were able to promote awareness of Rotary and our work in the community which complemented their work.

We enjoyed our visit greatly, were very impressed by the pride and loyalty shown by everyone we met and how welcome they made us.

Silent Gliss is certainly a jewel in the crown.  We should be proud of companies such as this operating in Thanet.

The Margate Rotary Club 14th annual sponsored swim takes place at Ramsgate Leisure Centre on Saturday, September 28 from 5pm to 8pm.

Charities supported by the event include Michael Yoakley Charity and Oasis Domestic Abuse Service. Details by email to [email protected]

Motorline’s Big Bike Ride for Ben

In September colleagues at Motorline are cycling 50 miles for BEN- a charity dedicated to the motortrade workers and their families. They offer support ranging from mental health and wellbeing to financial help and advice.

*£100 enables Ben to provide overnight emergency accommodation to those who find themselves homeless

*£50 allows us to organise a counselling session for those who need someone to turn to

*£40 pays for a specialist mental health assessment *£20 helps Ben keep an elderly person warm during the winter

Anyone is welcome to join, riders must contribute a £10 donation and contact Glenn Griffin for further details.

Spectators are encouraged along the route to cheer the riders and anyone who can offer extra support or donations (Bottles of water etc) to help the riders. The ride will be from Whitstable to Sandwich on September 15.

For more details email [email protected]

Find the fundraising page here