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MARCH 2008

Last Meeting
Last month, we were delighted to welcome Anne-Marie Webb, who is the Senior Physiotherapist at Cheshire Homes.
Anne-Marie spoke of her career starting at Odstock Hospital, and the experience she has brought to develop her position at Cheshire Homes during her two and a half years since joining the team there.
She then spoke about the gym classes that the branch is funding, beginning next month, and assessment times were booked for all sufferers who had put their names down, and she spoke in detail about the kind of exercises and equipment that she would be introducing at the classes.
Refreshments and our usual raffle rounded off a very informal evening.
Fundraising
The following monies have been raised:-
22.1.08 Raffle/Communicare
Members purchased tickets totalling £35.00
15.2.08 Bingo Night/Devil's Hole
74 supporters raised £288.25
26.2.08 Raffle/Communicare
Members purchased tickets totalling £36.00
29.2.08 Bingo Night/Devil's Hole
83 supporters raised £317.15
Card sales for February 2008 amounted to £33.80
Donations via collecting boxes for February 2008
totalled £32.57
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Total £742.77
Checkers can shake
Pam Turner is organising this week long can shake for us at Plat Douet Road during Awareness Week 7th - 12th April 2008, and for those who have already offered to help, thank you very much. If anybody could spare a couple of hours during that week, please contact Pam on 732710.
All you have to do is sit or stand with a collecting box in hand and thank anybody who makes a donation. Information is readily available for people to take and all you need do is take a name and contact phone number if you are unable to answer any questions you may be asked, it is amazing how quickly the time goes. We are trying to fill the daily rota from 8.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, so I am sure you will appreciate how many volunteers are needed and we are very grateful to our many supporters who give so willingly of their time to help with this collection.
Collecting Boxes
Two boxes were placed last month and thanks go to Mary Le Vesconte and Eileen Smith. Keep up the good work girls!
Receipts for the collecting boxes are finally on computer and we thank Marg Le Quesne and her brother Derek for the many hours they have spent over the last fortnight setting up this programme for us and for making all the entries for 2007. Their efforts are very much appreciated by Eileen, who has hand written them in previous years.
Thought for the Day from a Sufferer
"I live for today, and cram as much into life as I possibly can. I just have to live with my Parkinson's and that's what I intend to do."
Used Birthday Cards
Do you keep birthday cards when you receive them? Do you re-cycle the cards to make your shopping list or do you just throw them away once your birthday is past? Eileen Smith would like to have them. She is making notecards and blank cards to sell at the forthcoming crafts fair to raise funds for the branch. Please contact Eileen on 737128.
 Subscriptions 2008
A few subscriptions remain unpaid, and a polite reminder is enclosed from our Treasurer, Pam Turner. To new members who have recently joined, we wish you a very warm welcome to the branch and hope to make contact with you over the coming months.
Webb Ivory Catalogue
A copy of the Spring 2008 catalogue accompanies this newsletter. Please pass it around to family, friends and neighbours.
If you require anything out of it please contact Eileen on 737128.
The branch receives 25% commission on all orders of cards etc. and 10% discount on all household items. It is an easy way of earning money for the branch.
Guernsey 2008
The committee feels that the word "conference" may be putting many of you off from joining in the open day in Guernsey in October. Travel plans and accommodation need to be booked up early, and Marian Pitt would encourage and welcome many more of you to come with us. It is an ideal opportunity to find out what head office's plans are for the Channel Islands over the next few years, or join in the practical part of the weekend where the professional neurology team hold workshops aimed at helping with all the problems that having Parkinson's, create. For some, travelling might be an ordeal, but we feel the weekend would benefit many carers.
The branch is prepared to help with travelling costs for its members.
Find out more by phoning Marian Pitt on 721927.
Party for Parkinson's
Jack Schofield is kicking off the party season with a whist drive and supper at No. 4, La Retraite, Queen's Road on Monday 21st April 2008 at 6.15 p.m. for a 6.30 p.m. start. Tickets cost £2 and supper will be included.
Diary Dates
Friday 4th April 2008 8 p.m. Bingo Night/Devil's Hole, St. Mary.
Saturday/Sunday 5th + 6th April
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Card stall at Living Legend in conjunction with Jersey Craft Workers Spring Fayre.
Monday - Saturday 7th -12th April 2008
8.30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Can shake/Checkers, Plat Douet Road.
Friday 18th April 2008 8 p.m. Bingo Night/Devil's Hole, St. Mary.
Social Get-Togethers
Valma Le Feuvre is organising a lunch at the Red Rose Restaurant, Trinity on Friday April 25th, 2008 at 12.45 p.m. for 1 p.m. Please phone Valma on 734044, no later than Friday 18th to book. Sufferers and carers will be asked to contribute £2.50 each towards branch running costs and paying supporters are welcome to join us. Transport can be arranged. If you haven't joined us previously, do make an effort to come along. The Red Rose offers a very comfortable setting, with friendly, helpful staff who will do their utmost to meet our needs.
Next meeting
We next meet at Communicare, St. Brelade, on Tuesday, March 25th, 2008 at 8 p.m. when Eileen Smith will be organising table-top horse racing. This will be a fun night when all bets placed are paid back in prize money. Refreshments will follow and we will have our usual raffle and there will be plenty time to chat afterwards.
If you haven't been to one of our meetings before, this is an ideal time to come along and meet everyone in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
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