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FEBRUARY 2006

Last Meeting
Our annual general meeting was very informal and all official business was over by 8.30 p.m. We were delighted to meet Jayne Dunn from Head Office who is our area representative.
All officers and committee were re-elected, unopposed.
Sadly our President Dr Richard Grainger was not seeking re-election this year due to family commitments on the mainland, and the amount of time he is out of the island. We are extremely fortunate that Dr Mike Richardson, whom some of you know from Neurocare, accepted our invitation to be nominated and was duly elected. Wendy Grainger, one of our auditors, also declined re-election and we welcome Alf Medlock as her replacement.
On behalf of the society Eileen would like to thank Richard and Wendy Grainger for all their support and friendship over the last sixteen years and hope they enjoy their travels and their time with their family.
Fundraising
Wristband sales for December 2005
amounted to £27.00
20.1.06 Bingo Night
61 supporters raised £169.30
24.1.06 Raffle/Communicare
Members bought tickets totalling £47.00
31.1.06 Smartie Appeal
Donation Glad Villain £13.10
Card sales and Webb Ivory orders for January 2006 totalled £57.52
Donations via collecting boxes for January 2006 totalled £96.59
3.2.06 Bingo Night
55 supporters raised £117.20
Subscriptions 2006
Subscriptions are now due and for those of you who haven't renewed your membership yet a polite reminder is enclosed from our treasurer Pam Turner. We do not want to have to send in the heavy brigade, especially just for a fiver. Ha!! Ha!!
Collecting Boxes
Eileen Palmer was on a roll last month placing three boxes. Well done to her! Please contact June Tredant on 861744 if you know of any business who would have one of our boxes.
Awareness Week
Parkinson's Awareness Week this year is from 23rd - 30th April. We will be having week long can shakes at the Co-op, St. Peter and Checkers, Plat Douet Road. Pam Turner will be in charge of the rotas and would be pleased to have as many volunteers as possible for this, rather than her having to twist your arm to help. Pam's phone number is 732710, please, please give her a call. If you or a friend could give us only an hour we would be glad of your help.
For Sale
A mini Jazzi electric wheelchair is for sale, condition as new. The owner is asking £900 ono. Please contact Cynthia on 741959 or Pat Redmond on 724660.
Information for New Members
Firstly Eileen and the committee would like to welcome sufferers and their carers who have recently joined our branch, and would like to advise them of what facilities are funded by the branch.
Dao Yin exercise classes take place on a Monday afternoon at Overdale, at 3 p.m.
Swimming sessions take place at the Cheshire Homes on a Wednesday afternoon between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Aromatherapy sessions are available by appointment.
Taxis are available to and from hospital and doctors appointments.
To find out more contact Eileen on 737128
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 Elap Car Seats
The branch owns three swivel adapted car seats. With two easy movements you can be gently propelled forwards and sideways to actually stand up outside of the car. Eileen has two demonstration videos in her possession if anybody is interested in seeing how these work and the society would be willing to let you have free use of the ones in stock if suitable for your make of car.
Reclining Armchair
The branch has had donated a dusky pink electric reclining armchair. Again this could be loaned to you free of charge.
Respite Care
Jill Medlock is to be congratulated on lobbying States members on the lack of suitable respite care, as well as the unsuitable conditions now that Secker House and McKinstry Ward have to be amalgamated. A workshop is being organised on the 15th March, when many organisations have been invited to put forward ideas for satisfactory respite care. Pam and Eileen will be attending so if there is anything that you would like mentioned on the subject, whether you are a sufferer or carer, please contact Pam or Eileen on 732710 or 737128 respectively.
Puzzled?
The society has recently had donated several jigsaw puzzles (500 + 1,000 pieces). If you would be interested in borrowing these, please phone Eileen on 737128 and she can give you a description of the puzzles available.
Sponsored Walk
A ten mile walk is being organised on Saturday 4th March 2006 from Gorey to St. Aubin's to raise money for the required amount of sponsorship needed by Head Office for the four ladies taking part in the Namibia Challenge in May. It is the aim of the ladies to raise awareness of Parkinson's Disease here in Jersey and to raise the profile of our branch. They are hoping to donate one third of the proceeds of the walk on the 4th March to Jersey Branch. Please display the enclosed flier.
Diary Dates
Friday 3rd March 2006 8 p.m.
Bingo Night Devil's Hole
Friday 17th March 2006 8 p.m.
Bingo Night Devil's Hole
Friday 17th March 2006 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday 18th March 2006 10 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.
Card stall at Living Legend/Spring Crafts Fayre
This stall will be on a rota basis. Please phone Eileen on 737128 if you can help. Thank you.
Social Get-Togethers
Jack Schofield is organising a Beetledrive on Monday 20th March 2006 at 7 p.m. at No 4, La Retraite, Queen's Road. Tickets are £2 each. Please phone Jack on 738328 by Monday 13th March if you would like to join in.
Eileen Smith is organising tickets to the Opera House on Saturday 22nd April 2006 at 2 p.m. to see Jersey Green Room Club's "Singing in the Rain". This is a free outing for sufferers and carers, paying supporters are welcome to join us. Contact Eileen by Saturday 1st April if you would like to come along. Due to previous experiences, if you cancel once the tickets are booked, the society will expect to be re-imbursed.
Next meeting
We next meet at Communicare on Tuesday February 28th 2006 at 8 p.m which will be a horse racing evening organised by Eileen Smith. Books, birthday cards and wrapping paper will be on sale. We will have our usual raffle and refreshments will be served afterwards. Everyone is most welcome to come along to what is always a "fun night"
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