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SEPTEMBER 2007

Congratulations and thank you
On your behalf, Chairlady Eileen Smith, would like to say "Jolly well done" to our 22 team members of carers, sons, daughters, grandchildren, nieces and nephews and daughters-in-law, who took part in the Jersey sea cadets gun carriage pull last Sunday and completed our leg from St. Clement's Parish Hall along the coast road to Grouville Memorial.
It was a wonderful sight to see them all in their white and blue T-shirts setting off, and the icing on the cake was to see three sufferers following, two on motorised scooters and one being pushed in his wheelchair which only goes to show "There is life after Parkinson's".
Of course we could not have been part of the event without the help of our team of supporters who worked behind the scenes, be it with transport, cake makers, sandwich filler-uppers, waiters and waitresses and washer-uppers, your help and support is invaluable and "Thank-you" never seems to be enough.
Thank you also to our small team who marched from West Park to Liberation square at the end of the day behind the gun carriage pushing four sufferers in their wheelchairs, or rattling buckets and collecting money.
Eileen felt privileged to have been part of the whole day and is very grateful to Sgt. Kate Davis of the sea cadets for nominating Parkinson's Jersey to be the recipients of money collected from this, their 20th annual charity gun pull, and we are extremely grateful to the companies who sponsored our team.
Last Meetings
At our afternoon meeting in August, Eileen hosted "Deal or No Deal". Marg Le Quesne was chosen as the contestant (which was a total surprise to her, but not to her husband Ken) and Pam Turner acted as the banker. At the end of the game, Marg was left with five packets of "Wine gums" or "Coco Chanel lotion" still on offer, she was offered the swap which she took, and when her "box" was opened she'd won the wine gums and had given away the Coco Chanel lotion. We all enjoyed a fun afternoon together and tea and coffee rounded off the afternoon.
Communicare, being closed during August, meant that we didn't have an evening meeting last month.
Fundraising
17.8.07 Bingo Night/Devil's Hole
75 supporters raised £285.00
17.8.07 Proceeds of Football Card
£20.00
Card sales for August 2007 amounted to £24.53
Donations via collecting boxes for August 2007 totalled £429.00
 7.9.07 Bingo Night/Devil's Hole
65 supporters raised £227.50
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Total £986.03
London marathon
A big thank you goes to Adrian Tredant for raising £221.00 towards branch funds by completing in the London Marathon earlier this year.
Party for Parkinson's
Piero and Eileen D'Ulivo recently hosted a Lasagne and Beetledrive night for members and friends and raised £255.00 for the branch. We thank them very very much for their hospitality. It was a wonderful evening, and all who attended thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
 WhistDrive
Dorothy Bowker and the St. Lawrence Whisters raised £350.00 on Thursday, 30th August 2007 for our branch. There were 14 tables of 4 players who paid an entry fee, and bought tickets on two raffles organised that night. Our thanks go to Mrs Bowker for her efforts and to everyone who donated raffle prizes.
Fish, Fish, Glorious Fish
Believe it or not we actually caught some at St. Catherine's on the 6th September!
Sufferer, Graeme Tredant caught a huge snipe, winning him £15, and supporter, Clive De La Cour landed two smaller snipe winning him £15 which he very kindly donated back to the society. Jack Schofield is to be thanked for organising it all and we thank his friend, Jan Huet, for helping everyone and helping with all the gear.
Diary Dates
Friday 21st September 8 p.m. Bingo Night/Devil's Hole
Friday 5th October 2007 8 p.m. Bingo Night/Devil's Hole
Coffee Morning
Our annual coffee morning and Christmas card sale takes place this year on Saturday, 20th October 2007, at St. Matthew's Glass Church Hall, Millbrook from 10 a.m. until 12.30 p.m. Could you please distribute the enclosed invitations.
For the stalls donations of cakes, groceries, toiletries and raffle prizes would be most welcome. If anyone can help on a stall  we would be very pleased to see you.
If you can donate items for the refreshments, tea, coffee, biscuits etc. etc. we would be delighted.
Please contact Eileen Smith on 737128.
Social Get-Togethers
Eileen Smith is organising a lunch on Friday, October 26th 2007 at The Red Rose Restaurant, Trinity at 12.45 p.m. for 1 o'clock.
This is a free outing for sufferers and carers and paying supporters are welcome to join us.
Transport can be arranged, and if you would like to come along please contact Eileen by phone on 737128 no later than Friday, 19th October, 2007.
Family Nursing Subscription
We would like to point out that the 10% discount negotiated with Family Nursing on your membership is for sufferers and carers who are fully paid up members of the Jersey branch of Parkinson's Disease Society only. We are sorry for any misunderstanding that may have arisen when this was previously mentioned.
Next meetings
We next meet at Communicare on Tuesday, 25th September, 2007 at 8 p.m.
Our treasurer, Pam Turner will be telling us about her recent trip to Kenya where a party of 25 people from St. Clement's Church renovated an operating theatre in a hospital in the village of Kaloleni. A collection will be taken for the continuing work of this project. We will have our usual raffle and refreshments will follow.
Our next afternoon meeting will be in the Resources Room at Overdale on Thursday, 11th October 2007 at 2.30 p.m. when Eileen will be organising a "Blockbuster" type quiz and you will be told the letter of the alphabet that the answer to the question starts with. This will be a team quiz with prizes and refreshments will follow.
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