Thanet community news: From donations for cancer care to charity family fun event in Broadstairs and allotment grants

The Rotary Club of Westgate & Birchington has donated £2500 to “Hope For Tomorrow”

The Rotary Club Of Westgate & Birchington

Following on from our donation of £2500 to the Viking Chemotherapy Unit at the QEQM hospital in Thanet, the Rotary Club of Westgate & Birchington has now donated £2500 to a wonderful charity, “Hope For Tomorrow”, which provides mobile cancer care in East Kent.

President Chris presented a symbolic cheque to the Chief Executive of the charity, Tina Seymour and Fundraising Manager, Kara Frampton.

The mobile chemotherapy unit, called “Caron” in memory of Caron Keating has been completely refurbished at considerable expense and will be providing vital cancer care to people who cannot easily get to hospitals in East Kent.

The newly refurbished vehicle was launched by Caron’s mum, TV personality Gloria Hunniford, at the County Cricket Ground in Canterbury in front of a large audience of Rotarians, cancer care workers, local dignitaries and organisers from “Hope For Tomorrow”.

Gloria Hunniford & President Chris

Gloria explained how she supported the charity in memory of her daughter and thanked all the generous people and groups who make it possible for “Hope For Tomorrow” to continue with their wonderful work.

The Rotary Club would like to thank the generosity of the people of Westgate & Birchington who supported our Christmas Collections, sponsored walk and race night.

Oasis Domestic Abuse Service


Charity Oasis Domestic Abuse Service raised £800 on Saturday 23rd July with an event for the whole family at Broadstairs Bandstand.

The afternoon was organised by Oasis volunteers and included a Tombola, a Lucky Dip, Give the Dog a Name competition and the ever-popular Oasis Shop stall selling fantastic pre-loved clothing and accessories.

Local entertainers Jeff Barker & Band performed classics such as ‘Sweet Caroline’ and ‘Hey Jude’ that had the crowd dancing and singing along. Jeff was also joined by his father Fred for 2 songs. It was wonderful to have them performing again in Broadstairs, and the glorious weather only added to the atmosphere.

Jeff Barker

Oasis Head of Income & Engagement said, Loukia Michael, said “What a fantastic afternoon! Jeff Barker and Band put on a brilliant show and the audience loved it. Oasis volunteers worked so hard, and I would like to thank them for all they do for our cause. We couldn’t do what we do without them”.

The charity would like to thank Mike Bridges for his support with this event and Broadstairs & St Peter’s Town Council.

Margate Rotary boot fair

Time to sort out your unwanted goods and join us for our annual Boot Fair.

Palm Bay Recreation Ground CT9 3PP. Gate opens at 7am

NO TRADE PLEASE. Cars £8 Vans £12 Vans with trailers £12

Just turn up at 7am to secure a pitch.

Thank you for helping us to create opportunities in our local community.

Fundraiser for Ukrainian Families

Lunchtime fundraising event at St Philip’s Church, Summerfield Avenue, Palm Bay, on September 3 from noon.

Remembering the end of World War II singalong and music with DJ Mick Tee, Includes fish or sausage and chips lunch, Vegetarian option available.

£15 per ticket, booking essential, cash bar available. Raffle.

Book by calling Charlie on 07572989470 or Barry on 07479986688

Kent Community Foundation

The Amity Allotment Fund, forms part of Kent Community Foundation’s environmental strategy and distributes grants of up to £7,500 to encourage the expansion of existing allotments or the creation of new sites throughout Kent.

Opened in March 2022, the Amity Allotment Fund awarded one of its first grants to Culmer’s Allotment Society Limited. Established in 2013 Culmer’s has a four-acre allotment, with 120 plots, near the centre of Broadstairs. The Society applied for financial support to purchase a high-quality shredding machine for shrubs, plant stalks, large plants, and wood to avoid burning or sending the waste to landfill. They received a grant of £1,500.

Caroline Marais, Culmer’s Allotment Society Limited, said: “We applied for funding from Kent Community Foundation to purchase a shredder to use for shrubs, plant stalks, sweetcorn, brussel sprouts, large plants, and wood to avoid lighting bonfires or sending material to landfill.

“Our site has a very large boundary with bushes and small trees which require annual pollarding, generating a large amount of material what would previously have been burnt or taken to landfill. If just a quarter of us switched from dumping organic waste in landfill sites to composting it, we’d save the equivalent of 2.5m tonnes of CO2 from reaching the atmosphere each year.  The new  shredder will become a huge asset and will be widely used by the allotment holders.”

Natalie Smith, Director of Grants and Impact, Kent Community Foundation, said: “We know how important allotments are to bring communities together, preserve the environment and provide a fantastic area for wildlife. We were keen to support the Culmer’s application as their new shredder will reduce the amount of burning and reuse material as compost rather than sending it to landfill.

“If you know of an existing allotment in your area that needs funding, or you are interested in creating an allotment for your community we would love to hear from you.”

To apply to the Amity Allotment Fund, visit

Martha Trust

The Kings Head, Dunkerleys and The Port Arms are once again collaborating with local charity Martha Trust to host a 1-day music festival on The Square in Deal outside the 3 pubs on Sunday 7th August from 12-6.30pm.

Sarah Banks Entertainer will be the compere and for the day, Martha Trust’s Fundraiser Kerry will be the Auctioneer and has arranged a great line up to entertain the crowds.

Mark One Sound and Light will be organising the Sound and PA for the musicians and Deal Radio will be broadcasting live throughout the day. The event will be officially opened at 12 noon with Bradley Bogus Holbrook as the first act.

This will be followed by dance performances by DAPA – Dean Academy of Performing Arts, Chapeaux, Penny Spent, Spyplane, The Mike Kelly Band and finally long standing Martha Supporters The Martellos who recently performed at Music on the Farm in the fields of Solleys Ice cream.

The Kings Head, Dunkerleys, The Port Arms, CH Staffing and JT & C Builders Ltd have sponsored the event. The photographer for the day will be Sharon Powell Photography – if you attend the event and would not like to be in a photo, please state to the photographer.

There will be an auction, raffle plus a chance to win a Barrow of Booze. Anna’s Face Candy Face Painting will be onsite all day, you will also be able to buy Solleys Ice Cream at the Martha tent and Josh King Magician will be performing table magic.

Fundraising & Events Officer Kerry Banks BEM said: “We are incredibly grateful to the all the organisations for their ongoing support of Martha Trust- the monies raised at these events make a huge difference in the lives of our residents with profound disabilities. It is a free and inclusive event so come along and enjoy the day with us. We are delighted to welcome back Magician Josh King who regularly attends Princes Charles and Camilla’s Christmas Parties wowing guests with his table magic!”

The charity is looking for Auction and Raffle prizes along with bottles /cans of booze for their barrow of booze – if you can assist , please contact [email protected] or call 01304 610448

East Kent Hospitals

A musical consultant is swapping the operating theatre for one with a stage for a charity concert in Canterbury.

Dr Rema Iyer, a consultant gynaecological oncologist for East Kent Hospitals, is organising a Bollywood music evening to raise money for East Kent Hospitals Charity.

Proceeds will go towards projects benefiting people with gynaecological cancer across east Kent.

Rema, who works at the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate, said: “Music is very important to me and I always have it playing in the operating theatre when I am working.

“I am very excited about this event, which brings together my two passions of performing and health, and hope the audience will have as much fun watching as we will have playing.”

The event, on Friday, 12 August at the Malthouse Theatre in Canterbury, is a celebration of both old and contemporary Indian music performed by her band, Muzic India Ltd. It is made up of Rema and her friend Ganesh Kumble, who reunited after 20 years apart and are enjoying recreating the fun they had performing together as students in India.

Rema is trained in South Indian classical music, while Ganesh is a percussionist, and together they perform an eclectic blend of pop, rock and Indian tunes.

During the coronavirus lockdowns they ventured into creating their own songs, and their first song, Kanjyi, about rice porridge, featured lyrics penned by Rema’s mother Rohini Iyer.

They also released a charity single featuring hospital staff, celebrating the Indian festival of Onam.

The song, Oru London Sadya, raised £2,000 for a voluntary organisation delivering palliative and end-of-life are to terminally ill people in Kerala, India.

For the concert, the duo will be joined by Ayoub Khan on the violin, Mukesh Kannon and Sijo Chacko on keyboards, Cariappa on lead guitar, Ricki Singh on dholak, Muhammad Roshin on bass and rhythm guitar and Kaushik Shukla on vocals. Rema’s GP husband Dr Murali Dharan will also be joining the band on bass guitar and drums.

The Bollywood music event is sponsored by Lifeline Protect mortgage and insurance services, ICICI bank, Zishta, Aha! Bazaar, Sai Spice, Cactus Media, and HealthifyMe, to ensure all proceeds from ticket sales go directly to the charity.

For more information or to book tickets, visit

You can also donate online at

Thanet Left

Local people turned out in numbers in Ramsgate to support the train drivers strike on Saturday 30 July.

The strike was held by members of the ASLEF Union and paralysed rail services locally and nationally. Members of local group Thanet Left joined the picket line in solidarity outside Ramsgate station.

A spokesperson for Thanet Left said: “We’ve had years of austerity, cuts in public services,  increasing privatisation of our NHS and now a cost of living crisis. Enough is enough —it’s time to fight back.

“Unions taking industrial action are fighting against the cost of living crisis which faces us all — that’s why we should support them. Runaway profits are the problem, not wages.”

Thanet Left says it is organising to

—support trade unions across the public and private sector as they battle for wage rises, better conditions and against redundancies

—protest against the government policies which are benefiting the few at the expense of  the many

—campaign for a fairer society, locally and nationally

—defend the environment and fight the climate catastrophe.

The spokesperson for the group said: “We are going to build this campaign and we invite people to come and join us.”

To find out more,  get  in touch by ringing or texting 07989070843, or emailing [email protected]

Restore TV

Mobile network services are being upgraded in Westgate-on-Sea boosting speed, performance and coverage. There is a small chance these improvements may cause interference to TV received through an aerial such as Freeview, BT, TalkTalk and YouView.

Symptoms could include intermittent sound, blocky images (pixelation) or loss of TV signal.

For residents who are affected by the upgrades, free support is available from Restore TV. Restore TV is an independent programme created by Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited (DMSL), an organisation owned by the UK’s four mobile network operators: EE, Virgin Media O2, Three and Vodafone.

Restore TV’s role is to ensure people can continue to enjoy free to view TV if mobile service upgrades cause TV interference. Restore TV reports to the Coexistence Technical Working Group, chaired by Ofcom, which monitors and advises on the programme to ensure free to view TV viewers’ interest are properly served.

The programme offers additional support for people who are 75 years of age or older, are registered blind or partially sighted or receive any of the following benefits: personal independence payments (PIPs); attendance allowance; constant attendance allowance or War Pensioner’s Mobility Support.

Ben Roome, CEO of Restore TV, said: “We know just how important TV is to inform, entertain and provide welcome company. Restore TV exists to ensure we all can continue to access free to view TV as mobile services are improved across the country.”

“If you see new TV interference, we’re on hand to help you resolve the issue. We can send a Restore TV filter, free of charge, for you to fit between your aerial lead and TV or set-top box to remove mobile signals and allow you to watch free to view TV as normal. Full instructions are included, and we can provide further advice online and by phone if needed.

“In most instances, fitting the filter will resolve any issues, but if this isn’t the case, we may also be able to arrange a follow-up visit from a Restore TV engineer at no cost, depending on eligibility.”

Cable and satellite TV, such as Sky or Virgin, are not affected. However, viewers with these services, who also watch free to view TV through an aerial, can receive a free Restore TV filter.

Residents are more likely to be affected if they live in an area with weak digital television reception, have a TV signal booster and whose TV aerial is close to a mobile mast.

For residents in flats or communal buildings, Restore TV provides landlords or property managers with support to resolve the problem.

Any viewers who experience new interference to free to view TV should contact Restore TV on: