Thanet community news: Colour run, sea cadets, Caremark conference and more

Pilgrims Hospices colour run

Pilgrims Hospices

The Mayor of Ramsgate Cllr Raushan Ara, presented a fundraising cheque for £1,010 to Pilgrims Hospices. Cllr Ara took part in Pilgrims 5K Colour Run last month. Karen Kenward, Community Fundraising Manager for Pilgrims Hospice, Thanet accepted her generous donation on behalf of the charity.

Raushan said: “On Sunday,October 20, I completed the 5k Colour Run, to raise funds for Pilgrims Hospices.

“I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for their kindness in sponsoring me and, helping to achieve over £1,000 for hospice care in our local area.

“This year my father was cared for at Pilgrims Hospices; I was fortunate enough to be there at the end of his life.

“Pilgrims Hospices provide a wide rang of support services, which include therapy sessions, clinics, support in people’s homes and help and advice for carers. “However, the hospice needs funding to keep it running at current levels.

“Pilgrims Hospices are a vital service within our community; the funds raised will be helping more people who need Pilgrims care. Thank you – everyone!”

Karen said: “This is a wonderful donation, we cannot thank our very own Mayor of Ramsgate enough for her wonderful support and kind words of support to our charity.

“This really is a most colourful and fun event and sponsorship from the event is still coming through each week, we are just over £30k at the minute which is incredible. If you missed out this year, why not register your interest now for next year. The event will be on Sunday 27th September 2020. www.pilgrimshospices/colourrun

Each year Pilgrims Hospices give care and comfort to over 2,400 people in east Kent coming to terms with an illness that sadly cannot be cured. The charity supports patients to live life as well as possible until the very end, free from pain and distress.

Dates for your diary – If you missed this amazing event and would like to join in the next event why not sign up for Santa’s on the Run in December or Paws 4 Pilgrims on Sunday 29th March 2020. Call Karen Kenward for further details on: 01843 233934 or email: [email protected]

TS Bulldog the Ramsgate and Broadstairs Sea Cadets

The Commanding officer of TS Bulldog S/Lt (SCC) Martin Phillips RNR won gold medals with the Great Britain Blind Sailing Team in Canada.

The Blind Sailing team returned from Canada in September after defending their world title at Kingston Yacht Club in Eastern Canada. Despite unpredictable and often hazardous conditions the GB team took gold and silver medals to become 2019 world champions. The racing was over six days with over 14 Races of around an hour in endurance. Entered in all three sight categories, the GBR team retained the Team Cup and took individual medals in each sight category. As a warm up to the Worlds, Martin and the B2 team competed at Weymouth winning the Pursuit Race and also winning a heat of the national; Keel Boat league.

The unit are incredibly proud of S/Lt Phillips who is an inspiration to the cadets and staff.

TS Bulldog, Ramsgate and Broadstairs Sea Cadets is a youth organisation established back in 1856 and here in Ramsgate Harbour since 1925.

We have two groups, Juniors 10 – 12 years who attend on a Thursday evenings and Cadets from 12 – 18 years who can come along Tuesdays and Thursdays evenings. Being in the Sea Cadets gives them an opportunity to gain life-long skills in a range of subjects with all cadets leaving with qualifications including B-Tec, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Citizenship qualifications from CVQO, Royal Yacht Association qualifications in power boating and sailing can be achieved which stay with them throughout their careers.

Whilst in the Sea Cadets they can take part in some amazing activities including camps, courses, off shore sailing, representing the Royal Navy, structured lessons for badges and promotion, introduction to careers with the Royal Navy, Border Force, the Merchant Navy and other maritime organisations, fun activities at the unit and being involved with many local community based projects. This being in a safe environment with fully trained volunteer instructors.

During the summer months the Cadets were the lead unit at the Armed Forces Day Parade, visited the Border Force vessel Seeker, had a one-off talk from Wayne with his dog Koda who have been walking the UK since 2016 picking up litter, assisted with various community projects such as the Kitesurfing Championships, Lark in the Park, Ellington Park event, the Scrap Plastic challenge, the Mayors Garden Party and much more.

Cadets have spent a number of days away at naval establishments including HMS Raleigh in Cornwall, HMS Bristol a training vessel in Portsmouth, HMS Sultan the Engineering School and other establishment for sports days and various competitions.

We are always looking for new Juniors and Cadets to join us and If your son or daughter is interested in please come along and have a chat with us above the Sailors Church in Ramsgate Harbour or ring us on 01843 599524 where we will get back to you as soon as possible. Alternatively you can email us at [email protected]

Caremark sepsis conference

On Thursday, November 14, Caremark Thanet held a sepsis awareness conference. The conference was held in memory of Ellie Lunn (the daughter of Caremark Thanet’s Registered Manager, Kerry Hill) who tragically lost her life to sepsis at the age of just 11 months in 2015.

The conference was very well attended. Ellie’s heartbreaking story was told by Xana Welch, the registered manager of Caremark Dover. Gemma Rawling and Emma from the NHS Critical Care outreach team spoke about the signs, symptoms and treatment of sepsis. Barbara Hall told her own moving, but ultimately uplifting, story of how she survived sepsis – three times. Rob Macer and James from the South East Ambulance Service explained how over the last 10 years the awareness, detection and treatment of sepsis as improved enormously: medical professionals are now trained to “THINK SEPSIS”.

The facts and figures on sepsis make uncomfortable reading. It is estimated that there are 52,000 deaths from sepsis each year, a figure is greater than the number of deaths from bowel cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. That’s about one death every five minutes. Around 25,000 children are affected by sepsis each year. It is estimated that about 25% of sepsis survivors are left living with life changing conditions.

If there was one clear message that came from the conference it was, as The Sepsis Trust advise: “just ask, could it be sepsis?”. Asking that question of a medical professional if you suspect that someone might have sepsis could save his or her life. Caremark Thanet, Ellie’s mother, Kerry, and her family want to raise awareness of this awful condition. Increased awareness will increase confidence to ask the question: could it be sepsis? Asking that question will save lives.

Caremark Thanet, Kerry and her family intend to continue the campaign to raise public awareness of sepsis in Ellie’s memory. If you would like more information, please contact Caremark Thanet on 01843 235910 and ask for Xana Welch

Margate Inner Wheel Club

The members of Margate Inner Wheel Club formed a small part of a superb effort to help a charity for homeless children in Kenya.

From 40 local Inner Wheel Clubs, more than 200 ladies gathered at Ditton Community Centre to hear the background to ‘Footsteps’: a charity founded by Martin and Mary Print in Kenya.  Their ambition is to ensure a home and education is provided to help as many children who have been ‘living on the streets’ as possible.  We listened to a superb talk, accompanied by photos of young folk  – taken over the past few years – each benefiting from kindness, care and the supply of a home, food and education.

From 10.30am till 3pm each local club raised money in many ways – selling unwanted gifts – home-made cakes and jams – all kinds of competitions – number of sweets in a jar – weight of cake etc.  Those extremely happy ladies raised a very good sum of money to enable more children to benefit from the work of the charity.

If there was a happy, fun time to be had we had it!  We all bought items we would never use – but we all received great satisfaction with every £1 spent!

Please contact 01844 847747 for more details of ourcClub (perhaps considering joining us?) and for more information on the work of ‘Footprints’.

Dickens Fellowship

The Dickens Declaimers, a dramatic reading group from the Broadstairs branch of the Dickens Fellowship, will be performing A Christmas Carol at Townleys (Albion House) Ramsgate, on Saturday, December 14 at 3pm; at The Pavilion in Broadstairs on Sunday, December 15 at 3pm; and at the Charles Dickens in Broadstairs on Monday, December 16 at 6.30pm.  Entry is FREE – a collection will be taken for the NSPCC.

Chatham and Clarendon Grammar Christmas fair

The school will hold a Christmas fair on Saturday, November 30 from 11am to 2pm at the Clarendon site in Clarendon Gardens.

Refreshments, music, games and a visit from Father Christmas are all planned.

Spitfire Museum at Manston

The Spitfire simulator

The Spitfire Museum is offering a discount for those looking to buy a 30 minute Manston Spitfire Experience  on the simulator.

The simulator has been in place since April 2018 and comprises a faithful replica of the cockpit of the museum’s own Spitfire Mk XVI (TB752), complete with the correct controls and instruments that a pilot would need to fly the aircraft during the Second World War.

Use code XMAS15 for a 15% discount. Code expires December 31. Go to

Kent Community Foundation

Kent Community Foundation has set up set a new Women’s Fund following the huge oversubscription to the government’s Tampon Tax Community Fund, which demonstrated the massive need that exists for specific support and funding for women in Kent and Medway

At the recent launch, Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive, Kent Community Foundation, spoke to the 50 guests about how the new Women’s Fund will allow her team to better support women and girls who are often disproportionately disadvantaged by multiple issues, which are often complex in nature. She explained that there are several key issues in the county, including domestic violence and abuse, modern slavery, exploitation, sexual assault and social isolation which this Fund will be able to address.

Other speakers included Rosalind Riley, Trustee of The Brook Trust, and Deborah Cartwright, Chief Executive of Oasis Domestic Abuse Service.

Rosalind Riley, Trustee of the Brook Trust, who’s current strategy concentrates on victims of domestic and sexual abuse and early intervention programmes with children and families aiming to break cycles of social and economic deprivation and dysfunction, shared her experiences and stressed the importance of listening to women.

Deborah Cartwright, Chief Executive of Oasis Domestic Abuse Service, provided guests with an insight into domestic violence and its impact on women and families in Kent and Medway today.

Patsy Barrett, Barrett’s Charitable Fund, said, “I was delighted to have been invited to today’s lunch to hear about the positive work to support disadvantaged women and children and I am certain this new Kent Community Foundation Women’s Fund, will make a huge difference to charities within the county.”

If you would like to help women in Kent and Medway you can donate online at and you can listen to Josephine McCartney talking about the Women’s Fund here

Morgan Jones

Morgan Jones, a recruitment consultancy in Broadstairs, has raised over £180 for children’s charities. Over the past three months they have raised £127.79 for the Silas Pullen Fund which donates to The Brain Tumour Charity in Silas’s memory. They also raised £55 for Children in Need by simply rocking up to work in their pyjamas.

Most people have no idea that brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of young people with about 400 children in the UK developing brain tumours each year. As a Kent based company, Morgan Jones had heard of Silas Pullen’s ordeal through the news and through friends and relatives. Therefore, this charity was to always hold a special place in the heart of its employees.

To date the fund has raised £754,190.47 and continues to raise awareness of this devastating killer in young children. With many of the staff being parent’s the unimaginable grief at the thought of this, along with the shocking statistics of its prevalence led to the choice for the charity in its regular dress down Friday.

Continuing the charitable contributions, like millions of people across the UK, Morgan Jones took part in Children In Need. The money raised by the BBC currently supports over 3,000 local charities and projects in communities across the UK which focus on children and young people who are disadvantaged. This year they achieved an astounding £47,886,382 throughout the night with plenty more donations set to pour in.

Taking sleeping on the job to new heights, the entire team arrived at work in their pyjamas and even participated in the annual Duck Race, the winner being Beakwell Tart! Overall the company raised £55 for the day and had a wonderful time working from the comfort of their PJs!

Diagnosed with a tumour in 2012, Silas Pullen battled the horrific diagnosis with courage, smiles and laughter. Sadly Silas lost his battle just after Christmas 2013. He was 11 years and 9 months old. His family set up the Silas Pullen Fund under the umbrella of the Brain Tumour Charity supporting research into the treatment and cure of childhood brain tumours so that other families facing this journey have more hope.

Children in Need’s vision is that every child in the UK has a childhood which is safe, happy, secure and allows them the chance to reach their potential. They provide grants to projects in the UK which focus on children and young people who are disadvantaged. Currently supporting over 3,000 local charities and projects in communities across the UK, the projects they fund help children facing a range of disadvantages for example poverty and deprivation; children who have been the victims of abuse or neglect or disabled young people.

National Lottery fund

A £2 million National Lottery fund has opened to celebrate The National Lottery’s 25th birthday, with thousands of grants available to anyone with a great idea to bring their community together.

Designed to help communities across the UK join in with The National Lottery’s 25-year birthday celebrations, the £2 million fund from The National Lottery – called #CelebrateNationalLottery25 – is open to anyone with a great idea to make a difference in their local community.

The fund aspires to be The National Lottery’s most inclusive and celebratory fund to date, offering anyone the chance to win £1,000 to make their idea a reality – and showing that no individual or idea is too small to make a big difference in their community.

Thanks to National Lottery players, lives of ordinary people have already been transformed Kent over the past quarter of a century. This includes the Margate Bookie. They have received National Lottery funding to boost reading and writing in a year-long programme called Write UP! The project offers people of all ages and backgrounds a chance to meet others through regular friendly and fun book-related events. The project began with two days of creative writing workshops and a poetry slam at the end of July. Other inclusive events include book shares, author talks and literary walks. The Margate Bookie used £780 to pay for three speakers and a venue for a day of workshops covering writing, creativity, journaling and wellness.

Andreas Loizou, founder of the Margate Bookie, said: “With support from the National Lottery, our workshops brought people together to write, read, and make friends. Local people who were both new to literature, as well as regular writers and readers, were welcomed into an engaging space that let them explore their creativity.”

It is hoped that the fund will boost community spirit across the UK and appeal to individuals who might not previously considered applying for National Lottery funding.

#CelebrateNationalLottery25 is open for applications until 2pm on Friday 6 December.

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