It is believed that there are in the region of 280 people in Thanet over the age of 60, who suffer from the effects of Macular disease.
The figures were given by Samantha Amphlett , the regional fund raiser for the Macular Society to members of Ramsgate Rotary Club.
She revealed that there are already groups for those affected by the disease in Thanet with one meeting on a monthly basis at Harbour Parade.
She explained how the society helped with such things as support to improve lives for those affected, as well as funding research into the disease.
Well-known local artist, Mike Samson, gave us a superb ’illustrated talk’.
He created a landscape picture from scrap while giving a commentary on what he was doing and why, He threw in the occasional funny story and also gave a brief summary of how he got into art and eventually created York Street Gallery in Ramsgate seven years ago.
He was introduced and thanked by President Pat Hersant.
The club raised a record £4,745 for its charity funds with their Christmas collections, including the Santa sleigh visiting several parts of the town, as well as static collections at various shops and in the town centre.
The main organiser, Henry Golding said:
“ People were very generations with their donations, and it is wonderful we have been able to raise a record amount. I would like to thank all those who took part in any collections and, of course, those who contributed.
The club also, with the help of a number of local schools collected hundreds of toys for distribution through local social services.
Club President, Pat Hersant said: ‘ i am delighted with the result. It means we will have extra funds to make available to charities, including many which are based locally. The support of the schools with such wonderful support was also appreciated."
This young girl was one of many children who visited Santa Claus when he called in at Ramsgate town centre on Wednesday.
He was based on the Ramsgate Rotary Club sleigh and members of the club at the same time were collecting for their charities fund.
The Christmas collections end when the club attends at Manston Road Tesco store on Friday and Saturday between 10 am and 4 pm.
Members of Ramsgate Rotary Club have been busy preparing the Santa Sleigh ready for visiting various parts of the town and collecting for its charity fund. His dates are:
Monday December 3 the London Road area from 3.30 pm onwards
Tuesday December 4 the Herson Road area from 5.30 pm onwards
Thursday December 6 the Dumpton area from 5.30 pm onwards
Sunday December 9th Nethercourt Road from 3.30 pm onwards
Thursday December 13 Whitehall Road from 5.30pm onwards
Sunday December 16 Minster from 3.30 pm onwards
Monday December 17 Cliffsend from 5.30 pm onwards
Static collections will also take place at Sainsbury’s at Westwood Cross on December 10 from 10 to 4 pm; Ramsgate Town Centre from 10 am to 4. pm on December 19 and at Tesco Manston on December 21 and 22 from 10am to 4 pm.
President Pat Hersant said: “Santa is all set to go and looks forward to many young people coming out to greet him on his journey around the town.”
A past president of Ramsgate Rotary Club, Julie Miller, renowned for her fund raising exploits, took part, with many other Rotarians, in a climb up the O2 dome
The event was staged to raise money for the Rotary Eradicate Polio fund.
With the help of her fellow Ramsgate Rotarians and members of the Inner Wheel she raised £200.
She said afterwards “ The day was great fun, the weather stayed good and the climb was challenging but not over taxing. Thanks to everyone for their support. "
Members of Ramsgate Rotary Club were amazed to learn about the numerous activities offered by Ageless Thanet.
The Thanet organisation is one of 14 regions throughout the country, and has 57 volunteers working in many different ways helping elderly residents. It offers free, confidential and impartial advice for those adjusting to retirement, redundancy, becoming a career, bereavement, confidence building and a change in financial situations. They also work closely with the Citizens Advice Bureau.
They also help give skills and advice to over 50s who may want to develop their own business.
The chance to visit a gym, swim and take part in such activities as walking, football, woodwork, photography and art classes.
Especially interesting to members was news of a Reward Card scheme offering access to a number of special offers in the area, from cafes and restaurants, shops, hairdressers and solicitors.
The news of these and other activities available through Ageless Thanet was give...
An intriguing insight into the life of the Medway Queen, including the key part it played in the Dunkirk campaign, was the subject of a great presentation by Pam and Mark Bathurst to members .
The couple told about the chequered history of the vessel including its salvage and the on-going work being put in to restore it.
The couple, who play a key part in the work showed historic film during the course of the evening. They were thanked by Past President Roger Waddell
Members of Ramsgate Rotary Club and Inner Wheel, joined forces to give a special afternoon out for nearly 40 elderly local residents.
While Rotarians took the guests on local tours, Inner Wheelers. were preparing a tea for them all at Minister Village Hall.
The guests were welcomed by newly elected President Pat Hersant, who also thanked those who had prepared the teas.