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Christmas Concerts 2019

Some pictures from our Christmas Concerts at Coxheath, Rye, and Tenterden

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Kent Police Male Voice Choir singing carols at Maidstone Hospital

The Choir sings Carols at the Oncology Unit at Maidstone Hospital on Wednesday 18th December 2019

 

Photo courtesy of Owen Thompson

Digital Communications Officer

Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Holding On Letting Go

KPMVC Presentation to Holding On Letting Go

During our concert at St Peter’s Church, Pembury on Saturday 2nd November 2019 George Rogers, our Chairman, presented a cheque for £3,050 to Caroline Gaskin, Fundraising Officer for Holding On Letting Go, the choir’s appointed charity for 2018-19. The charity was nominated by Rod Stevenson (above left) and this remarkable amount was raised primarily through retiring collections at concerts throughout the year. Caroline thanked the choir and all the audiences over the year that had contributed. The Kent based charity helps children to cope with the death of someone close to them. Support is given to children, young people, parents and carers at their bereavement weekends which are offered free of charge.

KPMVC Presentation to Holding On Letting Go

Our Nominated Charity for 2019/20

Every year in Kent over 10,000 people are newly diagnosed with cancer.  The emotional and psychological  impacts  on patients, their families and friends can be devastating. At this early stage, lack of knowledge of the range of treatments provided, the possible outcomes and the extent of available support can be daunting and lead to feelings of hopelessness.

 

Macmillan Cancer Support is a UK-wide charity committed to offering cancer patients and their families emotional, clinical and other forms of support and advice at every stage, before, during and after treatment.  By giving them knowledge and understanding of their specific situation, treatment options and ongoing progress, patients may make informed decisions about their treatment options, potential for recovery and future impact on lifestyle.

Macmillan Community Nurses are familiar figures in most areas, attending patients in their homes offering clinical and emotional support during and after treatment.  But there is so much more besides.  Macmillan information leaflets covering every aspect of cancer and its effects are available in every hospital and almost every GP surgery. A 24/7 telephone helpline is staffed by trained volunteers. A fund has been established to offer financial support to those in dire need as a result of their cancer.Less well known is Macmillan’s programme of identifying existing Health Service Professionals to be trained for specialism in cancer-related posts; Clinical Nurse Specialists, Radiographers, Physiotherapists, Dieticians, Nutritionists, End-of-Life Counsellors, in many cases funding their specialist training and on-going support, so that in almost every NHS hospital there are to be found staff in all such disciplines, proudly wearing the green Macmillan badge. Beyond the hospital there are Macmillan-trained doctors visiting GP surgeries to train and advise practitioners on the identification and management of cancer cases.

 

The charity is almost entirely dependent on charitable donations to allow it to fulfil its stated commitment in one of their slogans:

 

“Whatever cancer throws your way, we’re right there with you.”

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