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JUNE 2009

The Queen's award for Voluntary Service
The volunteers of Jersey Branch are absolutely delighted to be recipients of this very prestigious award. To have 20 years service to the branch recognised in this way is indeed an honour. Eileen wishes to thank all of you who help in which ever way to make our branch what it is today, a very professionally run organisation, and that is due to a small number who are a dedicated and reliable team, who give so willingly of their time or expertise to help run the branch, or by helping with fundraising help the branch realise its aims in supporting all those affected by Parkinson's Disease. Congratulations and thank you everyone!
Last Meeting
Our monthly lunch was at Devil's Hole last month and was very well attended. Good food and company was enjoyed by all. We were delighted to welcome several new faces who came along just for the talk afterwards when Dr Kieran Breen, Director of Research for the Parkinson's Disease Society had been invited to speak on the progression of research since the PDS had been formed in 1969, current research projects being funded by the Society, the work of the Brain Tissue Bank and of course brain donation. He also gave us an insight into four new projects, which Jersey Branch will be supporting financially which deal with the link between nerve cell death and a decrease in the energy within the cell in Parkinson's, the identification of specific targets for reducing the death of specific nerve cells associated with Parkinson's, the role Dopamine plays in thinking and problem-solving in Parkinson's and how do people living with Parkinson's deal with day to day problems. Each of these programmes will take about three years to complete. We were delighted that Dr Breen could spare the time to visit Jersey, and I hope that those of you who asked questions that he was able to be informative and give you hope that a cure is on the way.
The afternoon ended with our usual raffle and everyone enjoyed a cup of tea and a natter.
Fundraising
Fundraising continues at a steady pace, the following monies being raised:-
9.4.09 - 2.5.09 St Peter's Market
Sale of goods via Jean Bellamy
amounted to £245.00
15.5.09 Bingo Night/Devil's Hole
71 supporters raised £240.50
26.5.09 Raffle/PDS Meeting
Members bought tickets totalling £54.50
Card sales for May 2009 totalled £18.75
Donations via collecting boxes for May 2009
totalled £194.83
5.6.09 Bingo Night/Devil's Hole
77 supporters raised £285.00
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Total £1,038.58
Checkers Can Shake
Pam Turner organised our second week-long can shake at Checker's, Plat Douet Road from the 18th to 23rd May 2009, and donations totalled £1,126.29. Many thanks to all our supporters for filling the rota, we could not attempt this kind of fundraising without your commitment, and thank you and well done to Pam, Ken and Marg for overseeing the whole week, providing transport and counting the money.
Party for Parkinson's
On Friday May 29th, 2009 Piero and Eileen D'Ulivo very kindly invited members and friends to their home at Park Estate for a Jersey cream tea to raise money for the branch. Books and raffle tickets were sold also. Those who attended were very generous and raised £235.00 for us. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon, everyone relaxed and enjoyed themselves very much. Our thanks go to Piero, Eileen and their family for their hospitality and for hosting this fundraiser for us.

 Sweets, sweets, glorious sweets
Not to be outdone, Franco D'Ulivo-Rogers, Piero and Eileen's son, runs a tuck shop at his place of work, Cyril Le Marquand House, and colleagues in his department have purchased £375's worth of sweets so far this year. Their dress down day last month raised £141 for us as well. Well done to Franco for his support
Garden Fundraising Event
Maureen Crago of Les Galets, Rue De La Lourderie, La Rocque, St. Clement, and several friends have been holding a Garden Party type event for the last five years to raise funds for charity, and chose to support Parkinson's and the Asthma Society this year.
On 6th June, signs, balloons and banners decked Rue De La Lourderie. The sun shone on and off and the rain held off thankfully till the end of the afternoon. There was music, stalls, lucky dips for the children, a raffle and wonderful home made cakes to accompany the tea and coffee. This event raised the staggering amount of £2,100.00 of which Jersey Branch will receive half.
Well done to Maureen and friends for a super day, those of us who went along certainly got some bargains and a couple of our committee members won raffle prizes as well.
Collecting Boxes
Four boxes were placed last month and thanks go to Pat Le Herissier and Ken Le Quesne for placing two each. Well done and thank you to them. Eileen set the challenge at the beginning of the year to try and place twenty new boxes in our twentieth year, well we are up to 24 and its only June! Keep up the good work everyone, it's free advertising and free money as well. We only have to change the boxes on a regular basis.
Reclining Armchairs
The branch now has two electric reclining armchairs in storage waiting to go to sufferers who would benefit from their use. This would be on a free loan basis for as long as required. For details phone Eileen on 737128
Airgo Navigator
Mary Le Vesconte has a new rolling walker and transport chair all in one to give away free to any sufferer who could benefit from its use. Mary can be contacted by phone on 724819.
Concert in the Park
The Harmony Men's annual concert in Howard Davis Park takes place this year on Friday 17th July, 2009 from 7 - 9 p.m. (should it be raining, the concert will take place in St. Luke's Church) and the retiring collection will be in aid of Parkinson's. We will need help on the night to collect the donations. If you can shake a bucket, please phone Eileen Smith on 737128.
Greetings Cards
Betty Grihault has booked us a stall on Saturday July 11th 2009 at St. Mary's Community Centre. This is an Annual Fayre/Car Boot organised by her parish from 10 a.m. If you need birthday and greetings cards please do come along and support our stall.
Diary Dates
Friday 19th June 2009 8 p.m. Bingo Night /Devil's Hole.
Friday 3rd July 2009 8 p.m. Bingo Night/Devil's Hole.
Saturday 11th July 2009 10 a.m. Card Stall/St. Mary's Community Centre
Friday 17th July, 2009 7 p.m. Harmony Men concert/Howard Davis Park
Friday 17th July, 2009 8 p.m. Bingo Night/Devil's Hole.
Next meeting
Our next lunch meeting takes place on Tuesday, June 23rd 2009 at Devil's Hole, St. Mary from 12.30 p.m. (Please order your meal on arrival). After which Eileen Smith will be organising a Beetledrive. We will have our usual raffle as well. This is normally a fun game, so please do try and come along. Transport can be arranged by contacting Ken Le Quesne on 854769.
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