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May 2014 Report

posted 4 Jun 2014, 11:50 by Rotherfield St Martin

May was the month of blossom and bank holidays!! Just two meetings this month but both really interesting and gave us much to think about.

We had Liz Sharma from East Sussex Disability Association who brought along some very useful equipment and told us about the wonderful service provided by the staff. It was very heartening and encouraging to see the kind of support that is available to people with. We then had a fabulous presentation by Heather Woodward representing the Kent Air Ambulance. She told us that the service is one of the best in the country and that none of us lives more than 30 miles from one of the helicopters. We saw pictures of the highly trained staff heard of some of the incidents they had attended. It made us feel very blessed to be served by such a terrific organisation.

We had a visit from Richard Ashworth MEP just before the elections. He came in to join the table tennis group and had a game with some of the members. On the same day a group from Uckfield U3A dropped in for tea and cakes after a visit to St Denys. So a very busy afternoon.

Andy & Jo were out and about in Somerset at the end of the month speaking to a group in Blagdon who want to start a similar project.

Much is happening at RSM. June is a very busy month (see diary) with many extra activities including concerts, trips out and visits to RSM by interested people. On 23rd we have a group coming from the Department of Public Health to see what we do and to meet members. Andy and Jo are also going to address staff from the department at a morning seminar on 11th award as Public Health Hero for East Sussex.

Over the next months we are planning to develop our Dementia Support activities. Samantha Dahman, our Charity Shop Manager, is now our Dementia Champion and she will be giving a talk at our Monday meeting on June16th. If you are a carer or someone living with dementia, you would be most welcome to attend. Please give the office a ring for further details.

Holiday at Home is filling up fast. The only activities with availability are the trip to Bexhill on July 23rd and the afternoon entertainment on 24th.

The Summer Fiesta is gaining momentum. This is going to be a fun packed community weekend from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th. Please see advertisement and article about the event. The organising committee have put together a fabulous programme to suit everyone, a real family occasion. Do put the dates in your diary.

Jo Evans BEM
Charity Manager