insideKENT Magazine Issue 63 - June 2017 - Page 181

CHARITY CELEBRITIES URGE YOU TO GET BRUNCHING FOR CHARITY Duchenne charity, Harrison’s Fund, is asking everyone across the UK to show off their brunch-tastic skills this June and take part in the charity’s Harrison’s Brunch to raise vital money for research into the life-limiting disease. This year’s campaign is being supported by celebrity chef, author and father of three, Theo Michaels and Good Morning Britain TV presenter, Charlotte Hawkins. Theo said: “It’s an honour to support Harrison’s Brunch. As a dad of three young children, this campaign really resonates with me and I can’t even begin to imagine what the thousands of parents of children with Duchenne are going through every day. When I look at photos of Harrison I’m always inspired by his character and heartbroken to know how much he is affected by this disease and how much worse it will get in the future without any breakthroughs. Which is where everyone can help, even just a little.” Harrison’s Fund is named after the ten year old Harrison Smith from Surrey who was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a rare genetic condition which affects all the muscles in the body, causing them to waste away. Harrison’s Fund’s goal is to get as much money as possible into the hands of the world’s best researchers, who are working to find a cure for Duchenne. The charity is currently funding 12 research projects in the US and the UK. Whether cooking, baking or frying, every brunch held will make a huge difference to thousands of children from across the UK suffering from this disease. www.harrisonsfund.com Theo Michaels GURKHA MEMORIAL FUND CHARITY DINNER EVENING The Gurkha Memorial Fund held its first memorial charity dinner evening for its future projects and a celebration of Gurkha 200 years’ service to the Crown. The dinner was a sell out and was held at the Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone where many dignitaries attended the event and enjoyed a curry supper with entertainment including dancing by the children of Folkestone Girls Grammar and the Military Wives Choir. Attendees included people from the Nepalese community as well as serving officers. The charity dinner was a huge success and included a presentation of the current project by raising funds for a computer technology suite at the Kakarbhitta Higher Secondary School. This will provide an essential educational facility for the school which is very much lacking at present. It will encourage basic computer knowledge and skills for poor children who have never had access or the opportunity to use computers before. In addition, other schools will be welcome to use the facilities, and this will be rolled out further in the future. The initial project will consist of 31 laptops set up with tables and chairs, along with all the appropriate infrastructure, training, skills, support and backup to enable the project to succeed. One of the outcomes will enable the children to develop skills to progress to work, and then communicate with schools here in Folkestone to create pen friends in the hope that they will meet up in the future, but certainly share cultural experiences. ROYAL AIR FORCES ASSOCIATION (RAFA) CHOSEN AS THIS YEAR’S CHARITY FOR THE LEEDS CASTLE CLASSICAL CONCERT Whether it’s an injured airman fighting to get back on their feet or the widow of a WWII veteran needing a shoulder to lean on, the RAF Association is there when a family needs support to stay strong and connected despite the separation that comes with RAF service. Anthony Flaum. In the skies there will be a jaw-dropping display by the Aero Legends in a 1940’s Spitfire and the evening will end in style with a stunning fireworks finale, all against the incomparable backdrop of Leeds Castle. They will be bringing their half-scale Spitfire to the event, built by members of the RAF Association’s Christchurch Branch in 2008. The model is styled as a Supermarine Spitfire Mk1 from No.19 Squadron. The Spitfire had been on tour since 2008 and has now been refurbished. There will be a photo opportunity for 'little ones' to sit in the cockpit and feel like a real WWII pilot. www.leedscastleconcert.co.uk The event offers a fantastic line-up of performances, including the world famous Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by John Rigby, singing sensations the Patriot Girls, Soprano Katie Bird and Tenor 181