One that’s caught my attention is the MS Therapy Appeal. There are more than 2,000 sufferers in East Kent, serviced by little more than a shed.
An Appeal was launched last year to raise £1.3 million to build a new centre in the grounds of the Canterbury Rugby Club. All monies raised will be matched by Patron Frank Brake (of Brake Brothers). To date the Appeal has raided £729,400. All matching by Frank Brake must end on December 2013.
Mary Daly, an MS sufferer from Ashford, is the Chief Fundraiser.
“At present we offer respite and day care in a prefab that is well past its sell-by date,’’ said Mary. “This facility is pitifully lacking. We urge any local businesses to help us.”
Forthcoming events to get behind include a concert in Canterbury Cathedral on 7th March to launch National MS Awareness Week from 29th April – 5th May. Next is the Red Carpet Butterfly Ball on 25th May at Canterbury Rugby Club, with a reception drink, 4 course meal, 1/2 bottle wine, with 5 lots of entertainment, finished of with a 12 piece live band all for £50 a head.
Get involved at www.kentmstc.org.uk or contact Mary Daly on 07802 466326
There’s a multitude of worthy charities supporting young people. Two local groups – CXK and KCFN – are merging to become a more powerful collective force in helping to raise aspirations and maximise their potential for youngsters. The combined charities will have a launch event on Monday 18th March at 6pm til 7.30pm at the Ashford International Hotel, Ashford.