In­cred­i­ble gen­eros­ity that never ceases to amaze me

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

CHAR­ITY be­gins at home. That would be my mother’s mantra, and she would quote it at ev­ery ap­pro­pri­ate mo­ment dur­ing my for­ma­tive years. It’s a phi­los­o­phy I hold dear to this day. And as I con­sider Ash­ford my home, this is where it starts. I am al­ways flab­ber­gasted by how our com­mu­nity raises its game when it comes to peo­ple dip­ping their hands in their pock­ets to help. I am very lucky, through my job as a ra­dio pre­sen­ter, to be asked to be in­volved in many char­ity func­tions, and I am more than happy to lend a hand in any way pos­si­ble. I was talk­ing to Su­san Booth, the head of fund-rais­ing for the Pil­grims Hos­pices, who told me just how for­tu­nate they are with our town and its fund-rais­ing ef­forts. They rely on the likes of us for 70 per cent of their in­come. There are so many ex­am­ples of peo­ple who get off their back­sides and make things hap­pen, and a spe­cial men­tion goes to my old mate Shaun King and the peo­ple of Stan­hope and the sur­round­ing area. Their in­cred­i­ble ef­forts raised thou­sands of pounds for CLIC Sar­gent re­cently, and a very spe­cial men­tion goes to Shaun’s daugh­ter Ali­son, a true heroine. This Sun­day sees yet an­other great event tak­ing place in our town and I can al­ready hear the buck­ets jan­gling. It’s the Gi­vau­dan 10k road race and chil­dren’s fun run, which is also spon­sored by Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel and good old County Square, who do a re­mark­able amount of good for our town – as do a lot of busi­nesses in the area, without mak­ing a fuss about it. I ap­plaud you all. The num­ber of en­trants in this year’s race is al­ready up 30 per cent on last year, which means that there will be a thou­sand or so run­ners, plus 200 chil­dren tak­ing part in the fun run, which will be started by Ash­ford’s very own Olympian, Lisa Do­briskey. Of course some will be do­ing it just for fun, but many will be spon­sored. It re­ally warms my cock­les. I urge every­one to get in­volved in some way, be it spon­sor­ing some­one you know who is tak­ing part, or turn­ing up at the glo­ri­ous Julie Rose Sta­dium to voice your sup­port. Or per­haps lin­ing the streets to urge the run­ners on. Our won­der­ful mul­ti­me­dia jour­nal­ist Sarah “Rom­ney” Mar­shall will be trudg­ing the streets to get an in­sight for us and we look for­ward to her re­port. But I would also like to hear from you about your ex­pe­ri­ence of the day. How you got on, who you ran for, how much you raised, and so on. I wish you all the very best and I doff my cap in ad­mi­ra­tion as Ash­ford, once again, digs deep both phys­i­cally and fi­nan­cially. What a won­der­ful bunch you are!

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