At our March meeting we heard firstly from Pam Turner about the
decision that she and Geoff have taken together to donate their
brains for medical research and this has been a good lead in to
Awareness Week, which is covered in the separate news item below.
Pam's talk was followed by one given by Marian Pitt about her involvement
with The Jersey Branch of The Tinnitus Society, coupled with her
thoughts on the way in which our branch of the P.D.S. has developed.
We are enclosing a leaflet (except to those in nursing homes and
a few other members not directly involved in this issue) produced
by The Jersey Association of Carers Incorporated, as we thought
this may interest some members. We have had no experience of the
service provided by this Association and we would be pleased for
any feedback information as to how helpful it may or may not be
and we will include any useful remarks in a later newsletter.
Not surprisingly we have some members who regularly have falls and
some we have heard about could have had serious consequences and
one member we know has recently suffered a broken hip. We are therefore
enclosing a useful leaflet supplied by the Health Promotion Unit
and we urge all sufferers and carers to spend a minute or two reading
this as it contains good advice which may help in avoiding accidents.
There is now incidentally a new type of hip protector pants available,
which are more Calvin Klein, rather than resembling incontinence
pants as has previously been said! These can do much to help sufferers
regain their confidence, feeling less vulnerable and therefore becoming
more mobile again.
This newsletter is going out during Awareness Week and therefore
we do not yet know fully how successful our efforts have been, however
we have had the first of our two supermarket collections and this
was at the St Peters Co-op and here Peter Hobson's team of collectors
raised £201.69. This was a good effort and thanks are due
to Peter and all of his helpers. Another piece of good news this
week is that we are to receive a donation of £100 from the
short mat bowling group at St Andrews Church, partly because the
bowlers here include three of our members, namely Nancy Le Brun
and Joyce and Roger Marriott.
We have been fortunate to receive good media coverage during Awareness
Week and we have focussed this on the decision by Pam and Geoff
Turner to make their brains available for medical research. Early
in the week Pam was interviewed on Radio Jersey, together with a
representative from the London office of P.D.S. and this interview
was repeated several times during the day and there was again a
mention about it on Friday 11th April. As a result of the first
broadcast Fiona Spurr of BBC television was in touch and Pam and
Geoff were seen on our television screens. This was followed by
an excellent article in the JEP complete with a photograph, making
for almost a half page spread. The article was written by our own
member Alasdair Crosby, whose father "Bing" will be fondly
remembered by many of you. All in all we had perhaps better combined
media coverage than we have had for some time and we know that it
is the dearest wish of Pam and Geoff that other people will follow
their example and make their brains available for research. We can
send out information packs on how on death it is possible to bequeath
your brain and already as a result of the JEP article we have had
one member of the public who has volunteered to do this and it is
hoped that members of Jersey branch will follow in this initiative.
There is at present a great shortage of brains being donated and
there is hardly anything better that people could do to help find
the cause and a cure for P.D.
21/22. 3.03 Crafts Fair /Living Legend
Card sales totalled £182.34
Eileen would like to thank everyone who manned the stall.
25.3.03 Raffle/Communicare Tickets sold totalled £19.00
March 2003 Card Sales and Webb Ivory orders totalled £215.50
4.4.03 Bingo night
91 supporters raised £360.80
Congratulations, Well Done & Thank
Graham and June Tredant's daughter Linda, successfully did a tandem
parachute jump from 13,000 ft on the 4th April and raised £285.00
towards branch funds. She will be presenting her cheque at our next
meeting and showing some photographs taken during the jump. Well done
Eileen has quite a selection of the above cards available. Telephone
737128 if you need any.
Eileen is organising a whist drive at "Bisley" on Friday
23rd May, 2003 at 1.30 p.m. Please contact Eileen on 737128 if you
would like to go along.
Sat 26th April 2003 8 a.m. 2 p.m. Pitch at Bel Royal School
car boot sale.
Hedley & Eileen would welcome a visit sometime during the morning.
Friday 2nd May 2003 8 p.m Bingo Night at Devil's Hole, St. Mary. Everyone
Has Your Fridge got the Message
Some time ago Soroptimist International of Jersey launched a scheme
whereby individuals were encouraged to establish and hold a mini health
record in their homes. This information would assist Paramedics should
they be called to the home and should the patient be disorientated
or unconscious. Pam referred briefly to this during her talk at the
last meeting. The pack, including container, labels and instructions
is provided free of charge and is available through Pam Turner. Your
doctor should also be holding a supply at his surgery.
There are three labels in the pack. One should be attached to the
inside of your front door. The second one should be attached to the
outside of your fridge door and the third should be attached to the
container which should be held in the fridge. The container should
hold your medical records and there is a form for this in the pack.
Pam says that she now understands that it is recommended that a copy
of the health history is carried on the person at all times.
You are encouraged to take advantage of this free offer.
At our next meeting we will be given a talk by Alasdair Crosby, possibly
the most unlikely intrepid explorer to ever accompany Colonel Blashford-Snell
on one of his expeditions in the South American jungle and we are
sure this will make for an entertaining evening. Can Alasdair ever
have been so far removed from a good glass of wine and gourmet meals?
If you would like to hear more join us at Communicare at 8 p.m. on
Tuesday 22nd April. You will be sure of a warm welcome.
We now know that the supermarket collection at La Grande Marche Co-op
raised £212.62, making a total of £414.31 for the week.
Again well done Peter Hobson and all of his helpers.