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Money for old chainsaws
A haul of tools which was seized as it made its way into the UK is to benefit a charity.

The 485 boxes of chainsaws – a total of 970 machines - and 15 hedge trimmers were confiscated by staff from Kent County Council’s (KCC) Trading Standards department at Dover Docks.

They had been imported from China, via Hamburg, and were found to have three crucial faults, the main one being the failure of the chain brake test, which measures the force needed to move the handle, and that the brake did not work when the engine was running.

Tests also showed that although the engine kill switch worked, it took longer than anticipated to take effect and instead of cutting it out immediately, took about five seconds.

The hedge trimmers had a major part missing and the documentation was incomplete.

KCC was alerted to the consignment by Customs officers at the port who had been told they were intended to be sent on to Poland.

Posted on: Sep 12, 2014
Posted by: Emma Grove

Dad's 24 hour cycling challenge
A dedicated fundraiser has spent almost 24 hours on his bike and covered 280 miles to raise money for a good cause. 

Martin Wilson, of Moor Street, Rainham, rode from London to Paris at the weekend to support Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

The 40-year-old was taking part in the Ride 24 series and set off from the O2 in Greenwich at midday on Saturday 6th September.

He arrived at the Eiffel Tower 23 hours and 45 minutes later.

The dad-of-two had been training hard for the fundraiser – getting up at 5.30am to do 25 miles before starting work.

He has already raised more than £1,150 with more donations still to come in.

He admitted he hadn’t realised quite how much training was required when he signed up but the good weather helped with his training.

“It was the hardest, most physically and mentally demanding but most satisfying thing I’ve ever done,” he said.

Posted on: Sep 11, 2014
Posted by: Emma Grove

Cyclists pedal 54 miles for Demelza
Cyclists supporting Demelza Hospice Care for Children were among thousands taking part in the London to Brighton Cycle Ride at the weekend. 

The 54-mile challenge took place on Sunday, 7th September with the fundraisers setting off from Clapham Common and being welcomed over the finish line at Brighton seafront.

They were cheered on by hundreds of spectators including volunteers and staff from Demelza.

The members of Team Demelza, totalling around 100 people, have already raised £6,400 and it is hoped the overall total will be £10,000.

Among those taking part were Sittingbourne teen Tom Bennett, 16, and his dad Derek, who have raised raised more than £800. 

Sheerness Royal British Legion chairman Ian Goodwin and his friend Rachael Collier also completed the ride and raised around £700.

Posted on: Sep 9, 2014
Posted by: Emma Grove

Schoolboy's triathlon challenge
A sporty youngster has been inspired by the London Olympics to take part in a triathlon to support Demelza.

Max Robinson Long will be taking on the challenge at Hever Castle on Saturday 27 September, a few days after he turns eight.

The New Beacon School pupil enjoyed watching the event at the 2012 Games and decided he would like to take part in one so his auntie, Carol Robinson, signed him up.

After finding out his mum Angie Robinson regularly gives to Demelza Hospice Care for Children, he also opted to support the cause.

He is taking part in the Castle Triathlon Series, which organises events at various locations every year, and hosts a special session for eight to 12-year-olds.

It will consist of a 100m swim in the castle’s lake, a 4k bike ride and a 1.3k run around the grounds.

Posted on: Sep 5, 2014
Posted by: Emma Grove

Sweet success
A group of friends made and sold lemonade and cakes to raise money for charity.

Lauren Mace-Pearce, aged eight, and her friends Laura Beard, aged 10 and Emily Beard, aged seven, organised the fundraiser in aid of Demelza Hospice Care for Children and Cancer Research.

The sweet stall took place outside 51 Lakes Road, Keston on 29th August where the girls raised £300 on the day and £375 through a justgiving page beforehand.

The money will be split between the two charities.
Another friend, Anjel Lancaster also made 60 iced cupcakes to sell on the day.

Prior to the event the girls spent afternoons experimenting with the right consistency of lemons to water and sugar and decided that some may prefer sparkling to still lemonade.

Posted on: Sep 5, 2014
Posted by: Emma Grove

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