Pictures From Our Concert at St Nicholas Church, Sandhurst on Saturday 11th November 2023
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Our Thanks for a Local Author's Generosity
Local author Pam Mills has achieved notoriety following publication of her book about 'Policing in Tonbridge - The first 50 years and more.' Sales of her book are moving fast. Pam has kindly donated profits from her book to the Kent Police Male Voice Choir’. Thank you Pam - we hope the sales move into four figures.
George H. Rogers
Twelve Months on........
During our concert at Sandhurst on 11th November 2023, our chairman explained to the audience that a local author, Pam Mills, had approached the choir twelve months previously asking if she could donate monies to the choir - we of course accepted her very kind offer. Pam a former Police Officer and magistrate had written a book entitled ‘Prevention, Detection and Keepers of the Peace’ (policing Tonbridge a Division of the Kent Police). Once costs had been taken care of Pam donated profits from the sale of her book to our choir. Initially we imagined we may gain a few pounds. After a year of publicising and selling her book, the choir have benefited from upwards of one thousand pounds! A huge amount. We are extremely grateful for Pam’s generosity and support - it has made a big difference.
At the concert our chairman George Rogers presented Pam with a bouquet of flowers as a token of that appreciation.
Our Nominated Charity 2023-2024
This year the charity will be SERV Kent. One of our members, Chris Daniels, volunteers with the charity. Here is a brief outline of what they do:-
SERV Kent, also known as the ‘Bloodrunners’, is a registered charity that delivers blood, blood products, samples for testing & other medical items to hospitals across the county of Kent outside of normal working hours, free of charge, whenever and wherever they are urgently needed. Riders, drivers and controllers all give up their free time to be on call, on a rota basis, from 7pm to 6am every night of the year and during the day at weekends and on Bank Holidays.
Volunteers transport blood out of hours to NHS Hospitals across Kent
• SERV Kent has been working in partnership with the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust to supply them with regular stocks of blood which are carried onboard the aircraft, enabling the specialist Doctors & Paramedics to provide instant emergency treatment at the scene of an incident.
• with the Demelza Children’s Hospice & the Ellenor Hospice Group to transfer urgent medication and equipment between the Hospice and hospitals, pharmacies and even to family homes to bring parents whatever is needed for their children.
• with Benenden Hospital. Benenden does not have its own Pathology Lab so they send samples for testing and receive blood from William Harvey Hospital in Ashford.
• SERV also transports Breast Milk which is collected from donors and taken to a Milk Bank and from a Milk Bank to a mother’s home or NICU Unit (Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit) where it is used for premature & sick babies and for mothers who need help at this important time.
All funding comes from the public:
• In June 2021, SERV were awarded THE QUEEN’S AWARD FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE.
• In December 2021, SERV were winners of THE KENT VOLUNTEERING AWARDS arranged by the KM Charity Team.
• In March 2022, we were awarded the High Sheriff of Kent Consort’s Award for our volunteering work in our local communities.
For more information, please visit our website - www.servkent.co.uk - where you can read about SERV Kent – Bloodrunners and register to volunteer as a rider, driver or controller.
Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Nominated Charity 2022-2023
Thanks to the generosity of our audiences and supporters, a total of £2,000 was raised for this charity and its work supporting sufferers of pulmonary fibrosis, bronchiectasis and respiratory/lung infection. THANK YOU!!