MS Centre KentCharity begins at home and there are some great causes on our doorstep.

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.

Get in touch at www.cxk.org or www.kcfn.co.uk


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