Zip-wire daredevils could be record breakers
DAREDEVILS taking part in a sponsored zip-wire descent on Saturday at Folkestone Racecourse could make it the most successful KM Group-backed charity event ever.
More than 130 people have signed up to whizz down the zip wire from the fourth floor of the main stand to raise funds for the Pilgrims Hospices and children’s road safety charity the Kent Walking Bus Project.
An abseil last year at Charter House in Ashford in aid of the Mary Webb Cancer Appeal attracted 120 participants and raised more than £18,000.
Simon Dolby, from the Kent Walking Bus Project, is hoping everyone who has signed up shows up on Saturday so this record can be broken.
All the participants have pledged to raise at least £75 in sponsorship.
The zip wire will be fixed to the roof of the main stand, where the TV cameras are positioned on race days.
Participants will zip down the 150yard wire to the racecourse track.
Invicta Motors, County Square shopping centre in Ashford, and the Greenacre Sports Partnership are sponsoring the event.
The Pilgrims Hospices will receive 70 per cent of the funds raised, and the Kent Walking Bus Project will receive the rest.
The event is being organised by Avalon Adventures, who ran the Charter House abseil.
For more information call Simon Dolby on 07989 164752 or visit www.kentonline.co.uk/charity
MARGARET Kitney, 60, from Ashford, has spent the past 26 years raising money for Pilgrims Hospices. Now, as they prepare to celebrate a quarter of a century of community service, she is being hailed as one of the vital army of volunteers that epitomise the spirit of the charity. She started fund-raising in 1981, before the hospice in Canterbury was built, by raising cash at coffee mornings, selling donated goods, Christmas cards and home-made biscuits and has never stopped. Soon her biscuit recipes became so popular that people began asking for copies, so she came up with the idea of compiling a recipe book to sell, to raise yet more hospice cash. Initially, Margaret had the paperback recipe book published herself and sold them for just 50p. Realising the potential, the hospice had the recipe book published and managed to sell thousands, raising just under £20,000 for the charity. She said: “They were recipes I had put together or found and used and they became very popular. Everyone was willing to pay 50p.” Margaret then compiled a dessert book as a follow up to her biscuit book and, although the hospice stopped printing the books years ago, it still prints her recipes on the back of its calendar every year. Margaret, who lives in Mountbatten Way, Brabourne Lees, Ashford, felt drawn to the hospice. She said: “You can be standing here, fit and well, but you never know when you will need help. Over the years I have visited friends at the hospice who have been terminally ill, but not necessarily with cancer, and I found the hospice very loving and caring. It’s a very supportive place to be.” In addition to compiling recipe books and organising coffee mornings, Margaret spends time visiting people in their homes and in nursing homes, selling the hospice cards. “It is especially valuable to people who are housebound, if they need a birthday card and they cannot get out. We have a cup of tea and a chat. It brightens their morning.” Fund-raising co-ordinator Lindsay Goode, said: “Margaret is a true star and Pilgrims is grateful for her unfaltering support. Although she is
You can be standing here, fit and well, but you never know when you will need help
responsible for many of us putting on a few extra pounds over the years with her tasty recipes, she can be forgiven. “The 25th year is an important milestone for Pilgrims and I do hope other fund-raisers in the community will come forward and support us.”
Anyone able to help should call Lindsay Goode on 01233 504102.
Lindsay Goode (second from left), fund-raising co-ordinator for the Pilgrims Hospices, with Tony Thompson, used car consultant at Invicta Motors in Ashford, Emma Santer, commercial manager at Folkestone Racecourse, and Frances Burt, from County Square in Ashford, at Folkestone Racecourse
Hospice fund-raiser Margaret Kitney