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OCTOBER 2004

Last Meeting
Apologies folks, the date should have read 28th September and not October as printed. Eileen must have had a rush of blood to the head. It was good that the regulars at our meetings turned up on the right evening. We were delighted to welcome Sandra Hubert, Senior Occupational Therapist, from Neurocare and a new part time OT Sam Grogan, accompanied her.
Sandra has recently attended a course organised by head office and the most interesting points covered falls and cognitive response, the factor here being whether your Parkinson’s started on the right or left side of your body, and will affect how you perceive the centre point of anything in front of you. As far as Neurocare is concerned this is a breakthrough and Sandra intends to follow this through with all sufferers in the not too distant future.
Fundraising
14.9.04 Smartie Appeal
Donation received £23.30
17.9.04 Bingo Night
51 supporters raised £111.00
28.9.04 Raffle/Communicare
Members purchased tickets totalling £16.00
Webb Ivory Catalogue orders for September 2004 amounted to £142.64
1.10.04 Bingo Night
54 supporters raised £103.60
Next Year's Calendars
Eileen now has 2005 Jersey calendars in stock. Please phone her with your requirements.
A Visit by our Patron
Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Gloucester paid a flying visit to Jersey at the end of September and one of her duties was to open the new Westmount Assessment and Rehabilitation Centre. Alan and Eileen Smith were delighted to be presented to the Duchess and Doctor Gibson and Suki Douglas were able to speak to her at length about the Neurocare service and how clients/sufferers have access to a multidisiplinary team of therapists.
Great North Run
"You'll never run alone" was the headline in the J.E.P., a couple of days before Graham and June Tredant's daughter, Lynda Roberts, left Jersey to take part in the thirteen and a half mile run with no less than 49,000 other runners. We congratulate Lynda on her achievement in completing the course in 2 hours 17 minutes, and thank her for raising a fantastic £1,720 for us.
It was emotional parents who saw their daughter off, and very proud parents who welcomed her home.
A Fun Time was had by All!
Six sufferers and four carers have just returned from a week's holiday in Southampton funded by the branch. We stayed at the Novotel Hotel and a minibus, with Eileen as driver and Jack Schofield as her navigator, was hired for excursions which included a boat trip on the Hamble River (Howard's Way country), an open air market in Fareham, the Isle of Wight and Marwell 200, with free time for shopping. In the evenings there was cards, quizzes or a beetledrive. Everyone helped and looked out for one another. Eileen recited several risque odes over the course of the week and fun and laughter seems to have been the recipe for a very pleasurable trip
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 Guernsey Branch
Last week chairlady Eileen Smith and secretary Maureen Le Feuvre attended Guernsey Branch's monthly meeting. This came about when the area officer from head office went to Guernsey in June and passed on their request for Jersey Branch to get in touch. At the present time Guernsey PD sufferers are visited once a month by a geriatrician from the mainland, for which they have to make a financial contribution, and have access to a specially trained nurse who has retired from the local health service and only works part time. The branch only organises two outings a year, a summer supper and a Christmas lunch. Aren't we blessed to have Neurocare and a caring and dedicated committee.
Family Nursing's Plea for Support
I am sure many of you listen to the radio and read the J.E.P. Family Nursing does not receive a grant from the States and are very short of funding. Are you a member?? For information phone Marian Pitt on 721927
Coffee Morning/30th October 2004
Hopefully you will have distributed your invitations to family, friends and neighbours.
Please contact June Tredant on 861744 if you can make cakes for the cake stall or if you will be donating groceries.
Please contact Maureen le Feuvre on 736836 if you have toiletries to donate.
Please contact Nancy Le Brun on 733867 if you have a raffle prize to donate.
Please display enclosed poster.
Diary Dates
Fri 5th November 2004 8 p.m Bingo Night Devil's Hole.
Fri 12th November 10.00 a.m. – 4 p.m. Christmas card sale at Pinewood Residential Home
Thurs 18th November 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Christmas card stall at Quennevais School Xmas Fayre
Fri 19th November 8 p.m Bingo Night Devil's Hole.
Fri 19th November 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Sat 20th November 10.00 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Christmas card stall at the Living Legend. Help urgently needed. Phone Eileen on 737128.
Social Get-Togethers
Jack Schofield will be organising lunch and bowls on Tuesday 9th November 2004 at 12 noon at Jersey Bowl. This is a free outing for sufferers and carers. Supporters are welcome at a cost of £10 as this is part of the Tenerfest and covers lunch and bowls. Please phone Jack on 738328 if you would like to come along. June Tredant is inviting us to 2 St Brelade's Park for a Beetledrive on Monday 22nd November 2004 at 6.45 for a 7 o'clock start. Tickets are £2 each. Please phone June on 861744 if you would like to join us, no later than Saturday 20th November 2004.
Next meeting
We next meet at Communicare on Tuesday 26th October 2004 at 8 p.m. Unfortunately our speaker Mr Fred de la Perrelle who was a crew member on the clipper 2003 can't be with us (he has promised to come early next year), therefore Eileen will be organising a quiz. As usual we will have a raffle, and refreshments will be served afterwards with time for a chat as well. We look forward to seeing you
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