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SEPTEMBER 2008

Last Meeting
With Communicare being closed last month, no meeting took place.
Fundraising
The following monies were raised last month:-
7.8.08
Sale of coins £3.70
Sale of transcribing machine £30.00
15.8.08 Bingo Night/Devil's Hole
53 supporters raised £139.25
18.8.08
Sale of shaver £20.00
Card sales and Webb Ivory catalogue orders for August 2008 amounted to £76.25
Donations via collecting boxes for August 2008 totalled £403.76
5.9.08 Bingo/Devil's Hole
70 supporters raised £243.70
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Total £916.66
Party for Parkinson's
Piero and Eileen D'Ulivo organised a pasta and horseracing night on the 19th August and raised £200.00 towards branch funds. A big, big thank you to them both for their hospitality. We all enjoyed a thoroughly good night.
Collecting Boxes
One box was placed last month by Eileen Smith. Please do keep looking for new outlets. Our boxes generate a considerable sum now and it is money that we do not have to work for.
Swimming
Just to advise new members to the branch that we meet at the Cheshire Homes every Wednesday afternoon from 2-3 p.m. for a leisurely splash around in the heated pool. Anyone wishing to join us, please contact Eileen Smith by phone on 737128.
Dao Yin
Classes are on a Monday afternoon in the Resources Room at Overdale from 3-4 p.m. Dao Yin is a gentle form of Chinese exercise with slow movements which suit Parkinson's sufferers particularly. If interested in taking part please phone Eileen Smith on 737128 for more details.
Gym sessions
Two sessions take place at Cheshire Homes on a Thursday afternoon, the first from 3.15-4.15 p.m. and the second from 4.15-5.15 p.m. Sufferers are helped by physios on a one to one basis on a variety of stations to help strengthen leg muscles and increase stamina. This has proved to be a most successful form of exercise and is enjoyed by all sufferers who attend. For more details contact Anne-Marie Webb at the Cheshire Homes tel: 285858.
All the above classes are funded by the branch if you are a member, and for an annual subscription of £5.00 this is truely very good value for any form of exercise which is so important in maintaining your mobility.
Aromatherapy massage
This service is provided by Sarah Kean at Neurocare at a cost of £35.00 per treatment and she can be contacted by phone on 443077. The branch is happy to pay for your first treatment.
Guernsey conference 2008
You should have all received your invitation to the Guernsey Conference on Saturday 4th October 2008. A party of eleven will be travelling from Jersey of whom Suki, Sandra and Katie from Neurocare will be attending a study day on the Friday as well. Guernsey branch is hosting a dinner for our members on the Friday evening and on the Saturday we are looking forward to the talks to be given by Dr Kieran Breen who is the Director of Research for the PDS and Dr Kirstin Goldring from the Brain Tissue Bank. There will be an opportunity also to join in the workshops being organised covering carer's issues, communication issues, exercise and hints and tips on freezing. It is not too late to register if you would like to attend, but the travel and accommodation arrangements have now been finalised so you would have to book your own flights.
If you require any information regarding the conference please contact Jayne Dunn who is the information and Support Manager for the PDS.
Can yeast halt Parkinson's
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania now believe they have found a protein in yeast that could stop the dopamine-producing cells from dying. This protein blocks a process called "clumping" where proteins in the brain become damaged and die off.
Let us hope that research into Parkinson's will soon find the cause, thus enabling the long awaited cure to follow.
wards.
 Fishing
Jack Schofield is very optimistic that there will be good weather during October and is planning a trip to St. Catherine's on Friday the 10th for lunch at the cafe 1 p.m. and fishing from 2.30 - 5 p.m. Transport can be arranged. Please contact Jack by phone on 738328 if you would like to come along. This is a free outing for sufferers and carers. Paying supporters are very welcome to join us.
Taxi service
Just a reminder that a free taxi service, funded by the branch, is available for doctors' and hospital appointments if needed. For details contact Eileen Smith by phone on 737128.
Annual coffee morning
This year's coffee morning and Christmas card sale takes place on Saturday, 11th October 2008 from 10 a.m. - 12.30p.m., at St Matthew's Glass Church Hall, Millbrook. Could you please hand out the enclosed invitations to family and friends. We will be having a raffle, and the stalls include cakes, groceries, books and car boot. If you can help in any way on the day or can donate items for the stalls or refreshments please contact Eileen Smith as soon as possible on 737128.
"Thought for the Day" from a Sufferer
"Its nice to talk to people you know will understand because they are going through the same thing."
Diary Dates
Friday 19th Sept 2008 8 p.m. Bingo Night/Devil's Hole.
Friday 3rd October 2008 8 p.m. Bingo Night/Devil's Hole.
Saturday 11th October 10 a.m. - 12.30 p.m
Coffee Morning Matthew's Glass Church Hall, Millbrook.
Used stamps
From next month Eileen Palmer will be responsible for sorting and selling used stamps for us, and we thank her for taking over from Roger and Joyce Marriott.
We will be letting you have Eileen's phone number next month as she will be out of the island for a couple of weeks. In the meantime do not hesitate to contact Eileen Smith on 737128 if you have stamps you would like to have collected.
Foreign coins
Ken Le Quesne will be collecting any "funny money" you may wish to dispose of and donate towards branch funds from now on and can be contacted by phone on 854769.
Social Get-togethers
Valma Le Feuvre is organising a lunch at The Red Rose Restaurant, Trinity on Friday 26th September, 2008, at 12.30 p.m. for 12.45 p.m. This is a free lunch for sufferers and carers and paying supporters are welcome to join us.
Please phone Valma on 734044 to book. Transport can be arranged.
Fond farewell
We bid Roger and Joyce Marriott "cheerio" as they move to Ireland at the beginning of October and thank them for all they have done for the branch over the last 20 years.
Roger and Joyce, safe journey, happy landings and God bless you both.
Next meeting
We next meet at Communicare, St. Brelade, on Tuesday, 23rd September, 2008 at 8 p.m. Eileen Smith will be organising "A quiz with a difference". Categories will include "The common word", "Anagrams of popular flowers" and an "ABC round" when answers to the questions will start with every letter of the alphabet. There will be prizes and we will have our usual raffle. Refreshments will be served and there will be plenty time for a natter after.
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