Community news: Baby Loss Awareness, Golf for Ella, town team, heritage trust, Hope, Academy FM, East Kent Hospitals, Civic Society KCF and Active Thames

Ribbons for Baby Loss Awareness Week

Ribbon Display coming to Westgate for Baby Loss Awareness Week

Local Sands supporter and bereaved mum, Katie Wells-Hursey, will be giving other bereaved families in Westgate-on-Sea the opportunity to come together this Baby Loss Awareness Week, 9-15th October.

Sands, the charity that leads Baby Loss Awareness Week, works to save babies’ lives and support bereaved families. The Week is a time for everyone in the baby loss community and beyond to come together, to remember much-loved and missed babies, and raise awareness of pregnancy and baby loss.

This special week is represented by its blue and pink ribbon logo, this image has been the inspiration to create Ribbon Displays up and down the UK, in every community, inviting those who have experienced loss to come together and remember their babies.

Blue, pink and white ribbons displaying the names of the babies being remembered will be added to the Little Brown Fairy Cake shop in Westgate-on-Sea for all to see from the 9th October and will remain in place till the 15th

You are invited to visit the Little Brown Fairy Cake during its opening hours to add your own personalised ribbon to the display. Ribbons will be provided in-store.

Open Tuesday – Thursday & Saturday 9am to 4pm, Friday 9am to 6pm, Sunday 10am to 2pm (Closed Mondays)

There will be special pink and blue cupcakes on sale throughout the week, with a small amount from the sale of each cupcake being donated to Sands.

Posters with a fundraising link for Sands will be on display in the shop, and the link can also be accessed here (

Thank you to Nicola Bradshaw, owner of the Little Brown Fairy Cake who has kindly offered to host the Westgate-on-Sea Sands ribbon display for Baby Loss Awareness Week 2023.

Baby Aidan

Katie Wells-Hursey, volunteer coordinating the display, said: “Having lost our little boy, Aidan, at 13 days old in September 2022, I personally know how important charities such as Sands are.

“The loss of a baby or pregnancy is heart-breaking, and this is happening to families across the UK everyday. During Baby Loss Awareness Week, I wanted to create a special display to remember all the babies lost, whether recently or long ago.

“I hope the display raises awareness and breaks the silence surrounding baby and pregnancy loss, it is impacting so many people in our community, I hope it starts conversations.

“All money raised from the display will go to Sands, so they can continue to support families and reduce baby deaths, by investing in research and championing better maternity care.”

More information about the display can be found on the display’s facebook event:

Anyone who needs the support of Sands you can find more information on their website

There will also be blue, pink and white ribbons displaying the names of the babies being remembered on the railings at Marine Terrace opposite Dreamland for all to see from October 9-15. Baby Loss Awareness Week culminates with the Wave of Light at 8pm on October 15 when candles are lit to remember lost little ones.

Our Ella charity golf day

Winning team. including Kent football celebrity Andy Hessenthaler, being presented with the Ella cup by Chris Gonzales Bello (Ella’s dad ).

What an amazing day, it helped that the sun was over North Foreland as the players started out on the first and 10th tee, allowing the views over the sea and lighthouse to shine.

Sixteen teams of golfers participated in the competition, with prizes for the first 3 winners.

Each hole was sponsored by local businesses and families, enabling the not so talented to win a prize, e.g. Nearest the pin, longest drive etc.

After all teams returned to discuss their scorecard, North Foreland Golf Club gave us an excellent meal, service and food was top notch.

Then to follow was prizegiving and an auction of various donated items from painting by local artist Darren Lewis, tickets to Gillingham FC and various league football club matches, to a share in a racehorse. The auction alone raised £3000 giving a total for the day a huge sum of £6500.

Many thanks to all that turned up on Wednesday and all that helped to make this day a success.

Most importantly thank you to ours sponsors, Lanes Printers, RB Services, Minters of Deal, Damp Specialist Solutions, The Jetty, Pentagon Partnership, Fruits de Mer, Urban Surveyors, Misfits, Palm Bay Café, Shepherd Neame and all families involved.

We have now raised £20,500 so are halfway there.

Thank you so much to everyone that has donated and helped our Ella and her amazing family, we do appreciate you.

Find Ella’s fundraiser here

Ella’s story: Fundraiser for home adaptations to help Margate girl with disabilities due to rare gene condition

Broadstairs Town Team

Volunteer group Broadstairs Town Team is asking for local help to raise funds for their environmental and gardening activity via the ‘Blue Token’ scheme in store at Tesco Extra Westwood Cross and in Tesco Metro in Broadstairs High Street.

The ‘Stronger Starts’ programme has selected the range of environmental initiatives that Town Team work on in and around Broadstairs and St. Peter’s to be able to win up to £1,500 for crucial materials for their work.

They are hoping that shoppers will pick up blue plastic tokens at the checkouts in both local stores and place them in their specific slot to help them with encouraging wildlife on to the sites they look after. The projects also include a move to more sustainable gardening methods, including installing water butts to collect and re-use rainwater, terracing and planting more sustainable, drought tolerant plants.

Sue Wainwright, the Gardens groups Trustee at Town Team said: “We have been moving towards more sustainable gardening methods across all our sites for a few years now. If people are kind enough to select and vote with their blue tokens for us in the clear boxes at the exit to both shops, we’ll be successful in raising this additional funding.

“That means we can complete this next crucial phase of development, keep all the gardens looking lovely for everyone, save water and install even more resources to encourage wildlife to enjoy the spaces too.”

For further information, go to or contact : [email protected]

Birchington Heritage Trust

Trust members enjoyed September’s talk about the creation of “Dreamland.” Two days later the Trust took part in the Heritage Fair at the Powell-Cotton Museum and welcomed almost 150 visitors to the event. This also provided a great opportunity for the Trust to network with other local heritage attractions. It highlighted how much the area has to offer for local people and visitors as well as opportunities for volunteering.

Our next talk is on Wednesday 25 October when we look forward to welcoming Greg Bessant from Birdwise East Kent. This will be held at Church House, Kent Gardens, Birchington.

The Trust’s museum is at the Burley Gallery in Birchington Library. Volunteers are on hand Monday, Thursday and Saturday mornings to help with enquiries.

More information about our Trust, our collection and publications is on the website: and on Facebook: @birchingtonheritage

Hope organisation

The Hope organisation offers a free service to all people for a wide range of issues from finding help to support family members, form filling, tribunals, housing, disability support and more.

The volunteers now have an office at Unit 2, Westwood Business Centre, Strasbourg Street, Margate and can be contacted by calling 01843 808013 or email [email protected]

The group is holding a fundraising evening on Friday, November 3 at Manston Sports and Social Club in Daigor Lane. There will be a disco, raffle and more. Doors open 6.30pm. Tickets are £15. Book via the number or email above.

Academy FM Thanet

Academy FM has been nominated for 6 programmes in the Radio UK Community Awards.

Station Manager Debbie Day said: “There are hundreds of Community Radio Stations across the UK. Each of the 18 categories has a short-list of 5 for gold, silver or bronze awards.

“To have 6 people and programmes short-listed is amazing news. It says a lot about the personality of the station, the talent and professionalism of our dedicated volunteers.”

Winners will be announced on November 4 in Newcastle.

 East Kent Hospitals

Would you like to find out more about clinical research at East Kent Hospitals and how you can get involved?

The research team is hosting a coffee morning at the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate on Thursday, 19 October, and everyone is welcome to pop in.

You will be able to meet the team and find out more about some of the trials that are taking place across the Trust, and how you could help support future research.

Free tea, coffee and biscuits will be available and the team will be in the Clinical Trials Unit at the hospital, near the St Peter’s Road entrance, from 9.30am until noon.

Margate Civic Society

Reminder of the date of next meeting:  Thursday, 5 October (which incorporates our AGM) commencing at 1930hrs.  Attendees are requested at be seated by 1915hrs.

Speaker:  Steve Hookins (After-dinner speaker, historical presentations) Topic: “We Didn’t Start the Fire …Explained!” This is based on the four-and-a-half-minute long song, released by Billy Joel in September 1989, listing 118 historical events, covering the first 40 years of his life.

On this evening, our new sponsored Blue Plaque leaflet (designed by Mike Wilton) will be launched, copies of which can be purchased for £2.00 each.  This project has been organised in memory of our late President, Ralph Handscomb.

As always, other merchandise and raffle tickets will also be on sale throughout the evening, raising funds for our Society.  Please note prior to the raffle, as is custom on this evening, there will be a collection for Cancer Research UK. Guests and lapsed Members are most welcome: £3.50 nominal charge.

We hope you will be able to come along and support us.

Ramsgate Festival of Remembrance

The Ramsgate Festival of Remembrance is taking place at the Granville Theatre on Friday the 27th of October. Doors open at 7pm.

This is a new event in the County and an excellent alternative if you cannot attend the Royal Albert Hall.

Tickets cost £11. To book call 01843 593114

Kent Community Foundation

New 1-1 funding advice sessions are being introduced to give charitable organisations the opportunity to gain advice and information from experienced grant-makers Kent Community Foundation about how to draft a compelling application and what detail to include to give it the best possible chance of being funded.

The new funding sessions are designed to support either organisations that have not applied to Kent Community Foundation before or for those that have applied unsuccessfully in the past.

The sessions will be held online or if groups prefer, they can meet one of the grant team in person at the Foundation’s office in Ashford.

There may also be occasions when the Kent Community Foundation team will go to visit the group’s headquarters to see organisations in action, meet their teams and the people they work with.

Sessions can be booked either pre or post application and are designed to benefit those who fill out the applications. However, if other staff, volunteers or trustees would like to find out more about how Kent Community Foundation uses their experience to administer funding from over ninety philanthropic funds to grass roots charities, they are welcome to attend.

The sessions will also give organisations the opportunity to discuss how their project or services fit into the Foundation’s five funding priorities: ‘children, young people and families’, ‘elderly and isolated adults’, ‘vulnerable adults’, the ‘environment’ and ‘employability, skills and enterprise’.

Natalie Smith, Director of Grants and Impact, Kent Community Foundation said: “As we move into autumn, the challenging climate for the charitable sector continues. Constricted funding, particularly as statutory funders make cuts, alongside rising demand from people struggling with the ongoing cost of living crisis, is leading to material and emotional hardship.

“At Kent Community Foundation, our funding is steadfast and focuses on improving the quality of life for key groups.  Our wider support is also steadfast, and these 1-1 bespoke advice sessions will allow us to get to know more about the essential services that grassroots organisations across the country are providing and how one of our Funds might be able to help.”

Charites and community groups can book a 1-1 thirty minute funding session to ask anything that helps them to understand how Kent Community Foundation grant-making works, and to get specific advice on their particular application by emailing [email protected]

Active Thames Fund

Active Thames, a partnership programme led by the Port of London Authority (PLA), announces community funding for water sports and walking in London, Kent and Essex.

Now in its third year, the Active Thames Fund has already made a significant impact by awarding over £200,000 to organisations such as Blue Therapy Active, Lower Thames Rowing Club and the AHOY centre. Read more about the impact of previous grants here.

Jenny Cooper, PLA Sports Manager, said “We want the Thames to be accessible, diverse and inclusive – a destination for physical activity. Previous grants are having a fantastic impact, and this year we are particularly keen to see clubs working together to deliver bigger projects in their communities.”

Interested clubs are encouraged to visit the Active Thames website for more information and to submit their applications. Applications for the 2023/2024 Active Thames Fund are now open, with a deadline of 5 November 2023.

Active Thames supports initiatives that aim to enhance access, diversity, and inclusion through targeting under-represented groups. It also creates more opportunities for people to benefit from being active outdoors and has supported over 40 clubs and charities to date. The partnership is comprised of Active Essex, Active Kent & Medway, London Sport, British Canoeing, British Rowing, RYA, Canal & River Trust, Thames Path National Trail and PLA.

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