Christmas 2019 Meeting

An enjoyable time was had by all at our Christmas meeting on Sunday!

Kevin’s talk ‘Keta’s Journey’ was totally inspiring, and the food and drink went down well – as ever, many thanks to Avala Catering!

Kevin had with him some books of children’s poetry, written by Gill Doherty, a lady with MND who sadly passed away about a year ago. The poems are charming, and any small child could relate to them. They are beautifully illustrated by her daughter Gemma, and are just the thing for a Christmas stocking if you move quickly!

Proceeds from the sales of the book will be shared by the MND Association and Woking Hospice, both of whom cared for Gill in her final months.

To get yours, just contact any West Surrey Branch committee member, or put a note on the ‘Contact’ page. The suggested donation is £5 a copy, but it would be churlish to turn down more if that’s what you wanted to give!

Sunningdale Heath Golf Day

Another of the events organised by Paul’s family! This time, mother-in-law Dr Wendy Roles, a member of SHGC, was conspirator-in-chief.

Here she is before the start, with Jess Jameson (Paul’s wife), son David, and Paul himself.

MNDA T-shirts to the fore, with (L to R) Gordon Ferguson, Paul’s son George, George Wood and Wendy’s grandson Jack Olsen.

Paul and his family winning the goodies (he also won the Longest Drive Competition!)

Many thanks to all involved in organising the event, especially ringleader Dr Roles, the Club for hosting it, and everyone who attended and contributed so generously! Thanks also to MNDA Regional Fundraiser Pam Fry for attending and saying some suitable words of thanks on our behalf.

Christmas 2017 Open Meeting

This proved to be as successful as we had hoped, and the room was only just big enough! Paul and Jess Jameson gave us a fascinating and inspiring account of their Kilimanjaro expedition, culminating in a set of tennis at the summit, which is being considered for inclusion in the Guinness book of records. Roz Landor and Alex Mircica then entertained us with some seasonal readings which were a stimulating change to routine, and were well received. Nigel Husaunndee provided a wonderful tasty buffet lunch, and with the help of a glass or two, sent us home full of the Christmas spirit.

Thanks to all who helped, or attended to make the afternoon a success!

Open Garden

Mary Hainline once again opened her garden and house for her Art Sale, and invited us along to wave the MND flag. With commission from sales, the raffle and refreshments, the Branch finally ended the weekend better off by a magnificent £1820! Our thanks are due to Mary and Doug, all those who helped out, and all those who donated in whichever way.

Eamonn Cann at The Greyfriar

Eamonn Cann is one of ‘our’ people living with MND, but he is determined not to let that stop him singing! He’s a great Sinatra fan, and treated the customers at The Greyfriar pub in Chawton (near Alton) to a special performance of swing numbers from Sinatra and others just before Christmas . . and he kindly donated the proceeds of the evening to this branch. What with the raffle and auction, we are £664.00 better off!

Eamonn in full swing

… and with Trevor Jones, mine host at The Greyfriar.

Judith Shrubb ‘Carer of the Year’

Judith Shrubb, wife of our friend and branch member Paul, who is living with MND was awarded    ‘Carer of the Year’ by BBC Radio Surrey!! A fantastic achievement, and so well deserved. The award was presented by the Chief Constable of Sussex.

She was interviewed after the presentation, and you can hear it here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04jc43k

Paul is incredibly proud of you Judith, and so are all of us.

Well done!

MND Charter adopted by Surrey C.C.!

Today the MND Charter was adopted by Surrey C.C.!

Pictured outside County Hall beforehand are: (L to R) Bob of W. Surrey Branch, Dave Setters of E. Surrey, who’s worked hard to get this done, Joanne Shaw, and Helen Setters.

Picture taken by Rae Martin-Smith, the MND Assoc’s fantastic Campaigns Manager for the South. Many thanks to all of them, and to Mrs Helyn Clack, S.C.C. Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Health.

To top it off, Joanne agreed to become Campaigns Contact for W. Surrey Branch, so a good day all round!

Helyn Clack signing the Charter for Surrey County Council

Aerobility

Our first member living with MND has had a trial flight courtesy of ‘Aerobility’ at Blackbushe Airport. Aerobility is a charity dedicated in facilitating flying for people with all sorts of medical problems. In some cases, they may be able to continue with a formal course culminating in a Private Pilot’s Licence.

Paul Shrubb became Biggles for the day and thoroughly enjoyed his flight. Judith rode shotgun to keep him in order!