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MBEA Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance doctor today (Friday) received his MBE from Her Majesty the Queen, for services to emergency medicine.

Dr Malcolm Russell was formally invested as a Member of the Order of the British Empire at Windsor Castle after being named in the New Year’s Honours List.

The father-of-two was presented with his award by Her Majesty the Queen at the castle’s Waterloo Chamber, watched by his proud wife and children.

He said: “It has been an amazing day and I felt honoured to have my MBE presented by Her Majesty the Queen at Windsor Castle.

“I felt humbled to be amongst some incredible people and very thoughtful of the work our charity does and the many people we strive to help.”

Dr Russell joined the Air Ambulance as Clinical Lead in 2007, when the Surrey and Sussex helicopter was first launched.

Last year, he was appointed as the life-saving charity’s Medical Director responsible for assuring the quality of care provided by its doctors and paramedics.

Dr Russell served in the British Army for 15 years and has been involved in pre-hospital emergency medicine since 1996.

In 2011, he was part of a 50-strong UK International Search and Rescue Team who helped victims of the New Zealand earthquake and the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

* If you would like to make a donation to the Air Ambulance please call 01622 833833 or go to www.kssairambulance.org.uk

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A nostalgic Roaring Forties Night is planned for High Halstow in March.

It’s a fundraiser for Anim-Mates, the animal rescue sanctuary in St Mary Hoo

The Roger Luxton Dance Band will be playing the music of the wartime era at High Halstow Village Hall on Saturday 29 March from 7pm.

Tickets at £12 are limited to 100 so there will be plenty of room dance.

40′s outfits are optional, but there will be a prize for the best one.

You are asked to bring your own rations to eat.

The Friends of Chernobyl’s Children is a local branch of a charity that helps children from Belarus by giving them a recuperative holiday which allows respite from the poverty and difficult conditions they face at home for a month each year. The charity is based in Cliffe with host families in Cliffe, Cliffe Woods, Allhallows, High Halstow, Medway Towns and Higham. (More information can be found at

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This is provided through family placements and the charity meets the full cost of these visits which include optical, dental and health checks as well as lots of tender loving care. It is anticipated that up to twelve children will be able to take up the opportunity this year in Medway. While they are here they undertake a range of activities and visits that they would be unable to do at home.

By extensive fundraising FOCC (Medway) meets the full costs of all the visits. The charity is self-funding and everyone involved gives their time and talents freely – ensuring that all money raised is utilised for the children.

In order to continue with our work we constantly need to raise money. Until now, the cost of the children’s visas for their trips to the UK has been funded by the British Government but last year the funding was withdrawn. The air fares for the children are rising each year and it costs hundreds of pounds to bring each child to the UK.

While appreciating that we are living in austere times, any donation no matter how small will make a huge difference to these children.

We are also looking for an additional Trustee for our Executive committee, if you feel that you could help in this capacity please get in touch. If you would like to find out more or be involved as a helper, fundraiser or host family please contact Di Fitter.
Group Coordinator: Diane Fitter – Tel. 01634 222875 E-mail: dianefitter@btinternet.com

Earlier this month, mhs homes staff members spent three days volunteering with Medway Foodbank.

The volunteers worked at Medway Foodbank’s warehouse and main office in Medway City Estate, allocating goods to six local centres across the Medway area. This included organising goods in date order, packing up boxes of food to replenish the centres, and sorting the ‘Christmas corner’ which contained seasonal treats such as mince pies to help bring some extra Christmas cheer to Foodbank users. The volunteers sorted through donations received from Tesco shoppers, Medway churches, the general public and mhs homes staff.

Kevin Jennings, Medway Foodbank Warehouse Manager said:

“We really appreciate the wonderful help we have received from mhs homes staff. It has been really busy in the warehouse and the extra help has been a real blessing. During the first weekend in December we had approximately 4.4 tonnes of food donated by generous Medway residents, for which we are extremely grateful.”

Joanna Blackwood, Housing Systems Co-ordinator said:

“At the time the warehouse seemed packed to the rafters but we were told that this was only because of the food drive. In fact the Foodbank manager said that if we came back after Christmas we would see a much depleted stock! It was great to see how generous the public had been, and especially that there were also some extra treats to provide some extra Christmas cheer.”

For more information about Medway Foodbank, or to give a donation please visit http://www.medway.foodbank.org.uk or call: 01634 757057

If you live within the distribution area of the Peninsula Times printed version, you will doubtless be aware of Anim-Mates charity and the good work that they do. If you have some time to attend one or both of these events you would be providing tremendous help to them. Plus you get to eat CAKE at one of the events and everyone likes cake!

Just to illustrate the kind of people they are. We found a cat hiding under our car at home, clearly injured and clearly in distress. We tried in vain to contact other animal charities for help without success. We called Anim-Mates and hoped, someone answered, not only did they answer but they gave us the address of a vet that could help and even called ahead to say that we were coming and any charge should be referred to them. Unfortunately the poor little cat died as a result of her injuries within a day or so and although it was a short period of time Anim-Mates were there and available to help when bigger and better known charities were not. Please help them if you can by going along to have some fun at these events.

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Afternoon Tea 2013

Dear All.

Sorry to have a been a bit quiet recently…but I haven’t been that well…again!

On that note I thought I would talk a bit about some of the after effects from Meningitis that affect me…I will do a couple at a time. There are several ways in which I am affected…and these vary vastly between different people…so not all of these will affect everyone…and there will be many other things that affect others. Read More

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© Man Vyi 2011 – Beating the Bounds at Oriel Oxford

Walkers of all ages are invited to join Gravesham’s Mayor, Councillor Derek Sales, as he carries on the ancient tradition of Beating the Bounds in the annual Boundary Walk over the weekend of 5 and 6 October 2013.

The borough perimeter is about 35 miles, with approximately six miles being the river Thames. On Saturday 5 October walkers cover nearly 18 miles, and on Sunday 6 October just over 11 miles. There are refreshment stops, mostly in pubs along the route. Sunday is a much easier walk than the Saturday, and you can, of course, join in for just part of the walk. Read More

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shoe box appealBlythswood Care are running their Christmas shoe box appeal for the 20th year! Please click on the HERE to watch a short video of the fantastic work they do and the stunning effect a shoe box can have. Get your local school involved, your WI or your football team, it never hurts to give a little.

Fill your shoe box with everyday items that you accept are always in your cupboards or on your shelves at home. Comb, hair brush, toothpaste, deodorant, note pads, pens or shampoo. It is the things we take for granted that others go without and it is also some of those things that can make the biggest difference to people living in real poverty. Imagine that you are just cleaning your teeth with toothpaste for the first time since last Christmas, how good would that feel. Imagine putting on a new pair of socks for the first time in four years, these are the realities that some people live with. Imagine you have a pound coin in your hand and are wondering whether you need food, water or the heating most. Do you buy medicine for your elderly parent or your youngest son, some people have to make that sort of choice daily, give them a break, fill a shoe box.

Cyclists are being asked to get pedalling around the world next week – or up to eight miles of it – to promote better mental health. The Active Medway Cycle Group will be meeting at Riverside Country Park in Lower Rainham from 6-7pm on Thursday, 12 September. Read More

sandc stride Shorne Woods Country Park, Brewers Road Sunday 20th October 2013 10:00am Shorne Woods Country Park consists of ancient woodland, heathland, an old clay extraction pit, meadows and wetlands. The ponds and lakes are beautiful and rich with reeds, rush and willow. A sensory garden has been developed for everyone to enjoy. Within these fantastic surroundings, we have 3 distances available for you to walk: The 10km route takes you through Shorne Woods Country Park onto Cobham Hall Grounds, down through Cobham Village and into Ashenbank Woods and back into Shorne Woods Country Park. The 3km route takes you around the Shorne Woods Country Park. The 1km route is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. We’d love to see you donning your pink and hope you’ll join us for another wonderful event. Registration costs £10, under 18’s are free but must be accompanied by an adult. This event is open to all. Click HERE to take part

Life-saving charity Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance has launched a new lottery draw to help fund the cost of night flying.

It currently costs £5million per year to keep the service airborne but this figure will soon rise to £6million. More

2 bikeLeading charity Action for Children is holding sponsored bicycle rides on Friday 13 September 2013 at two of the world’s most iconic motor racing venues – Snetterton in Norfolk and Brands Hatch in Kent.

The charity is calling on cyclists of all ages and abilities to complete as many laps of the circuits as possible in two hours – giving them the chance to raise much-needed funds for vulnerable children and young people, whilst enjoying exclusive access to the world-famous racetracks. More

LEADING BEAUTY BRANDS LAUNCH EXCLUSIVE PINK RANGES FOR BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

Shop with a conscience and shop pink this October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Beauty favourites, Avon and ghd, have joined forces with leading charity, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, to launch exclusive pink products which carry a minimum 10% donation to Breakthrough’s life-saving work.

Avon and ghd, along with many more leading retailers, will all be doing their bit to help the nation turn pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. More women than ever before are being diagnosed with breast cancer so it’s crucial that everybody gets involved and helps raise vital funds to stop women dying from the disease.

Breakthrough Breast Cancer is the UK’s leading charity dedicated to saving lives through improving early diagnosis, developing new treatments and preventing all types of breast cancer. With 1,000 women dying from the disease each month in the UK alone, every penny raised is vital in order to help us create a world freed from breast cancer. Do your bit, do it pink.

1. Avon Pro Viva Pink Nail Varnish, RRP £4, 25% donation to Breakthrough Breast Cancer, available from your local Independent Avon Representative or online at avonshop.co.uk
2. ghd pink styler and paddle brush gift set RRP £135, £10 donation to Breakthrough Breast Cancer, available in the finest salons and at http://www.ghdhair.com. ghd has been supporting Breakthrough Breast Cancer for 10 years.

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The RSPCA have reported an alarming increase in animals being abandoned across England and Wales.

In the last year, the RSPCA were called out to rescue more than 37,000 abandoned animals and received a call asking for help every 30 seconds. More

Cake bakers of the Peninsula take one step forward, wooden spoons and Kenwood Chefs at the ready. Send us pictures of your cakes and we will put them on our website for the world to see.

RAISE SOME DOUGH AND HELP BEAT BREAST CANCER, BREAKTHROUGH BREAST CANCER LAUNCHES THE VERY FIRST GREAT PINK BAKE OFF

This year leading charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer is recruiting an army of bakers to fire up their ovens, hit the kitchen and give breast cancer a good beating in the first ever Great Pink Bake Off.

More women than ever are being diagnosed with breast cancer so Breakthrough Breast Cancer wants local communities to whip up some support to help fund their life-saving research. More

The weather is going to be great again this weekend, pop along and put the sunshine back into someones life by supporting the Wisdom Hospice

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Lingfield golf & race day 001Grand National winner Bob Champion, MBE, was the special guest at a charity golf and race day which raised more than £6,000 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.

The former jump jockey, who rode Aldaniti to victory in 1981, was the charity’s celebrity tipster at the flat racing event at Lingfield Park in Surrey on Tuesday (June 11th)

Bob also presented awards to the golf teams including Air Ambulance crew members who were the overall winners of the competition on the 18-hole championship course.

He said: “Being in racing, I know how much the Air Ambulance has helped an awful lot of jockeys.

“That’s just on the jockey side but there are a lot of people who ride horses and motorbikes, and car drivers, and the helicopter always picks them up. More

On June 8 2013, eight year old Lauren Richardson, accompanied by her dad Kevin, will attempt to kayak 225 miles down the River Thames for charity. The thirteen day event will see them negotiate 45 locks and travel up to 27 miles a day from the source of the Thames to the sea.
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The pair will start on the Saturday with a walk from Thames head to Cricklade, from there on, it’s by kayak all the way to the Thames estuary with an eight mile detour up the River Medway to finish in the village of Upnor on Friday June 21st. Read More

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gaukheaderGender Action UK are holding a launch party on the 29th June from 10am at their office on the Medway City Estate. More

Due to popular demand, on Saturday the 22nd of June St Nicholas Church Southfleet are once again staging a Summer Prom in aid of the church. Artists include The Medway Band (‘The Best Brass Band in Kent by Far!’) &Trading Places (Playing to the sounds of 60’s & 70’s) The event takes place at Southfleet Village Hall Field, gates open 5pm and the event starts at 6pm till late. Food stalls and bar available or you can bring your own picnic. Bring your own picnic rugs, chairs and tables if you wish.

Ticket Prices are Adults £12, Concessions (65+ and students) £10 and under 16’s accompanied by an adult free.

For further details of the event and tickets contact: Sue Martin 01474 834164 or Julie Houston 01474 833252.

For details of St Nicholas Church Southfleet visit – http://www.stnicholassouthfleet.org.uk
The Medway Band visit – http://www.themedwayband.org.uk
Trading Places visit – http://www.tradingplacesband.co.uk

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DBL100mileDoctors and paramedics at Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance are appealing for cyclists to join them in the life-saving charity’s Double 100 Cycle Challenge next month.

The 100-mile or 100km bike ride will start and finish at the Surrey and Sussex helicopter base at Redhill Aerodrome on June 23rd.

Both routes take in all counties covered by the two helicopters and the 100-mile route will pass through Marden – the home of Kent Air Ambulance.

Among the riders will be Team KSSAAT (Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust) including crew members and a former patient.

Critical care paramedic Stu Plumbley said: “This is an exciting year to be involved with the Air Ambulance with the launch of our blood transfusion service in February and night flying later this year.

“However, to enable us to provide a 24-hour service we need an extra £1million which is why fundraising events such as the Double 100 are even more vital.

Last year’s Double 100 was held at the former Air Ambulance base at Dunsfold but the routes have been changed following the relocation of one of the charity’s helicopters to Redhill in preparation for the launch of night flying.

This year’s event has kindly been sponsored by Howard Cundey Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents, Asda, Warburtons and Wellbeing People. More

Leading children’s charity Action for Children is calling on cyclists of all ages and abilities from across Kent to take part in a sponsored bike ride at the world-famous Brands Hatch Race Circuit on the evening of Friday 13 September 2013.

Those taking part will face the challenge of completing as many 1.2 mile laps of the circuits within two hours as possible – while enjoying exclusive access to the world-famous racetrack and raising much-needed funds for vulnerable children and young people. More

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choircharlieCharlie Landsborough, multi award-winning inspirational/country artist, heads out on tour this Autumn in support of his 29th album “Silhouette”. This time, however, the tour will be very different – it will be opened by a leading local choir.

Having previously been a teacher before embarking on his musical career, Charlie has always recognised the vital role of music and choirs in the community. More

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Animates are looking for a little help and getting fed in aid of charity sounds good to me.

Leading children’s charity Action for Children is appealing to runners in Kent to put their best foot forwards and take part in the Bupa London 10,000 race on 27 May 2013.

“We would like people from across Kent to run for us and help raise funds for our work with vulnerable children and young people. We will provide a running vest and fund raising pack, and our team will be there to cheer you on,” said Selena Goldsmith, Action for Children’s Kent Fund raiser. More

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