Just over a year ago the Nepalese people suffered immensely when the Nepal Earthquake hit the country killing 8000 people and making 3.5 million homeless. In every measure this was a huge tragedy that affected all walks of life. Last month the Kent Messenger wrote an article on the continued supported that Nepal has received from the people of Kent, specifically those in Folkestone. We are proud to say we have helped in a small way. We provided storage for emergency supplies at our store before they were shipped out to Nepal.
Immediately after the earthquake the Rotary Club of Folkestone began fundraising and gathering donations to help the Nepal Earthquake victims. We were able to donate storage space to allow the Rotary Club to gather the essential supplies before they were transported to Khathmandu Airport and beyond to the disaster zones. Others from Kent and Shepway have donated clothing and goods, the Rotary Club has raised more than £15 000 so far. A big thank you to all who have helped and donated their time, money or goods.
Whilst the initial emergency has passed the people of Nepal still have a great need for help and the Rotary Club continues to conduct fundraisers. Essential supplies such as food, shelter and medical supplies are still required as floods and landslides continue to displace people from their homes.
It is easy to donate. Send a cash or a cheque made payable to ‘Help for Nepal Earthquake Disaster Relief Appeal’ to Independent Church Services, Church House, 136 Sandgate Road, Folkestone. Alternatively, an electronic bank transfer can be made directly to the Rotary Club of Folkestone using the reference ‘Nepal’. Their back details are Lloyds TSB, Folkestone Rotary Club, Sort Code 30-93-34 and Account Number 00575212.
Thank you to all have donated, your support has and will continue to make a big difference to the people of Nepal. They have lost lives, families and homes and need all the help we can provide.
Read more about the Nepalese disaster from the Kent Messenger here –http://www.kentonline.co.uk/search/?q=nepal
Congratulations to our Removals Office Manager, Emily Martin. She has recently completed a moonlight charity walk around the city of Canterbury, Kent to raise money for the Pilgrims Hospice. Emily completed the 3km charity walk in under 40 minutes and helped raise £16,000 so far for the Pilgrims Hospice.
Night Charity Walk
Emily started the charity walk with over 800 people dressed in bright fluorescent colours and some even had fairy lights on. Moving from Dane John Gardens the route passed Fenwicks, took in Canterbury Cathedral, Kings School and the Marlowe Theatre, loitered at the Canterbury Tales before finishing where it all began.
The Pilgrims Hospices provide end of life care across Kent at sites in Canterbury, Ashford and Thanet. This vital care is provided free of charge to some of the neediest and vulnerable in our society. Over 2300 people are referred to the Hospice every year to help them and their families deal with their life-limiting illnesses.
It costs £20 an hour to provide care for one person and we are elated that the moonlight walk has contributed to approximately 800 hours of nursing care. Overall the Pilgrims Hospices needs to raise in excess of £12 million a year to continue providing services across east Kent. Over 80p in every £1 raised is spent on patient care, which for the those facing incurable illness is priceless support.
You can help by donating or raising money through many ways. Pilgrims Hospices organises its own series of fundraising events throughout the year and these include sponsored cycle rides, night time themed walks, cake baking, bonded places in marathons and events for young people. These are all described on the Pilgrims Hospice website. Alternatively, you can donate any unwanted furniture, books or clothes to one of the Pilgrims’ 34 shops that are located across east Kent.
With everyone’s help, the priceless services that Pilgrims Hospice deliver for the people of Kent can continue and remain free to patients. Well done to Emily for supporting this truly worthy cause and for completing the moonlight walk. We wish the Pilgrims Hospice well and thank them for supporting our local community. To learn more about supporting or donating to Pilgrims Hospice check out their website – http://www.pilgrimshospices.org.
Colin Batt Removals Ice Bucket Challenge
Along with the rest of the UK and maybe the world, many of us here at Colin Batt Removals have been getting involved in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for MND – check out our video here!
Thanks to the members of the removals team who took part and withstood the freezing challenge. All parts of the business took part, removal porters, estimators, office staff and even the managers! We appreciate their support and help with this very worthy charity.
The Motor Neurone Disease Association has challenged us all to throw a bucket of iced water over ourselves in order to raise money to combat a debilitating disease. The campaign has gone viral with each participant earning the honour to challenge three more people who have to complete the challenge within 24 hours. You can turn down the challenge by donating to the charity or just be generous and do both!
The campaign has been a huge success, having raised millions of pounds to help find a cure for this debilitating disease. MND is a progressive disease that attacks the nerves in the brain, motor neurones, causing muscle wasting. This effects everything from grip to breathing, standing to speaking.
Presently there is no cure which is why the funds raised by the MNDA are so important. There research is helping to deliver a better understanding of the disease and we hope will eventually provide a cure.
To find out more about this campaign and the great work MNDA do click here: