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MAY 2002

Last Meeting
Our last meeting now seems a long time ago and of course that is so, because it was held very early to coincide with Awareness Week and the visit of our Area Officer, Sheila Windsor, who spoke to us at the meeting about her work and the latest developments concerning P.D. We were delighted to see Sheila again in Jersey and some of you will no doubt have heard her excellent interview on Radio Jersey, in which she put across very positive messages concerning Parkinson's and the activities of our branch.
Awareness Week Collections
Thanks are due to Peter Hobson and his team of helpers for the supermarket collections which raised a splendid total of £449.81.
New Brochures for Jersey Branch
We are proud of our first venture into publishing with a small brochure describing our activities locally and those of the P.D.S. in general and Sheila Windsor said it was by far the best she had seen. We have been very fortunate in having the free services of a designer to integrate the text (supplied by Roger) and the photographs (mainly supplied by Alan Smith) and we have also been fortunate in receiving financial help for the printing. One copy is being sent to each of you, except those who received one at the last meeting. Please see if your doctor or chemist will display our brochures at their surgery/pharmacy, as it will help to get us better known and promote our activities and fundraising efforts. If they will help please let Roger know (Tel: 731145) and he will deliver a quantity where needed. The brochure incidentally shows our new website address and we are very proud of this and it is updated each month with the newsletter included. We were again fortunate in having the free services of a website designer, who has done some excellent work on our behalf.
Future Holidays
We are planning to arrange for free one week holidays for sufferers who are unable to leave the island and these will be at Maison des Landes Hotel, St. Ouen. The hotel arrange for daily outings and carers may stay there if desired. Bookings have to be made well in advance and when Roger enquired earlier this year it was discovered that this season is already virtually booked up. We will therefore need to book very early for next season and we hope to arrange for a group of our members to be there in the same week. If you are interested please telephone Roger or Joyce on 731145 and if you have a preferred month or a time when you would be otherwise engaged please say so as early as possible so that we can accommodate you for the 2003 season.
Special Car Seats
Do you have great difficulty getting in and out of your car? If so the branch may be able to help by replacing your car seat with a special rotating seat which turns through 90, so that you can be seated outside the car and can then rotate the seat inwards and vice versa. These seats are expensive and therefore you would need to be sure that you would keep the same car or an identical model for a good period and we would need to have an occupational therapist assess your needs, to be sure that it would be of real benefit and justified. If you are interested please telephone Roger on 731145, We have leaflets and a video available to show you what is involved.
Bowls Session
Peter Hobson is organising another ten pin bowling morning, with lunch, on Tuesday 11th June 2002 at 11 a.m. Please contact Peter on 724660 if you would like to join in. Transport can be arranged.
Eileen asks if everyone could bring a prize (£1 value) as we'll be having a pairs competition.
5.4.02 Bingo Night
80 supporters raised £272.00
9.4.02 Raffle/PDS Meeting Tickets sold totalled £26.00
13.4.02 Pitch/Corbiere Car Boot Sale
Sale of goods amounted to £81.35
20.4.02 Pitch/Le Rocquier School Car Boot Sale
Sale of goods totalled £34.15
27.4.02 Pitch/Corbiere Car Boot Sale
Sale of goods totalled £18.70
Card sales for April 2002 came to £58.98
3.5.02 Bingo Night
79 supporters raised £307.00
Our thanks go to Hedley who is the driving force behind our fundraising at the moment.

Torquay Holiday
By the time you receive this sixteen of our members will have returned from a holiday based in Torquay but there has not been enough time to include a write up with this newsletter. A report however will be included next month.
Diary Dates
Friday 7th June 8 p.m Bingo at The Priory, Devil's Hole, St. Mary. Everybody welcome.
Saturday 29th June 11 a.m. – 4 p.m Card stall/Trinity School PTA Fayre at The States Farm. This will be on a rota basis. Please phone Eileen on 737128 if you can help.
Social Get-Togethers
Our next bash will be an early evening supper on Friday 31st May at The Corbiere Phare at 6.15 p.m. Please contact Eileen by Friday 24th May 2002 if you would like to come along, her phone number is 737128. This is a free outing for sufferers and carers.
50 club
Tickets are selling slowly. This is your last chance to buy one. Tickets are £10 each and will cover 6 draws with prize money of £20, £10 and £5 each month. Please phone Eileen on 737128 to buy one. This could be a good money earner for the Society if the draw is fully subscribed.
First draw takes place at our next meeting 28th May.
Weekly Exercise Sessions
Tina Borfiga would like to invite new members along to our Dao Yin classes at Springfield on Monday afternoons at 3.15 p.m. She would also like to see some of you come back to the classes as well. Tina has worked very hard in adapting our original routine, to incorporate a lot less co-ordination in having to think what your hands and feet are doing at the same time, to concentrating on one or the other and there are a lot more seated exercises. Exercise is important to keep you flexible and mobile, so why not come along and be pleasantly surprised. We always have a cup of tea and a chat afterwards.
New Members
We'd like to take this opportunity of welcoming new members to the branch and to try and encourage you to join in outings and activities, as well as the weekly Dao Yin exercise class on a Monday. There's the use of Cheshire Homes heated swimming pool on a Wednesday afternoon. We also provide a taxi service to and from doctors and hospital appointments, and because you're a member it is all free. We're a friendly bunch and we do a lot of laughing and have a lot of fun. There is life after Parkinson’s, so come and join our family!! Phone Marian or Eileen on 721927 or 737128, they'd love to hear from you.
Next meeting
Our next meeting will be at 8 p.m at Communicare as usual on Tuesday 28th May and we will be given a talk by Nigel Gates concerning his roles as a pantomime dame and Nigel plans to bring along one or more of his costumes and a dresser to assist him. Not only this but Nigel will hopefully also find time to talk to us about his Battle of Flowers floats which he assembles and exhibits with a group of friends and supporters and for which awards have been won. This promises to be a really interesting and fun evening, so why not come along and be entertained.
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