Jim and I gave a talk to the Whitstable Active Retirement Association in January last year and they chose us as their charity for the year. We were invited back on Thursday, 2nd January and Arthur, Jim and Trevor spent a lovely afternoon with their members where they presented us with a cheque donation of £500.00! Last year, their members put £13.00 into our collecting box so the total amount received is £513.00. This is a lovely amount and will help us to continue providing our services to our local communities. The afternoon ended with tea and biscuits and gave us a wonderful start to our fund raising for 2020. We send our grateful thanks to everyone at Whitstable Active Retirement Association for their hard work and generosity.
Merry christmas from everyone at SERV kent. As like all bank holidays we are in full operation. Throughout the year between us we have committed thousands of hours to the cause and christmas is a prime example it's about giving and that what we want to do. Give back to our local communitys and people who are in need. We would love to say thank you to everyone for their support and a massive thank you to the controllers, riders, and drivers who are volunteering this festive season. We would like to wish everyone and their families a very merry christmas and a wonderful new year. #itswhatwedo
SERV Kent members - also known as the Bloodrunners - are well known for helping those in their community when needed. Christmas however, can be especially stressful if you are homeless for it can be a very lonely and hard time. For a few years now, SERV Kent members have collected clothing, food, toiletries and other items just before Christmas and then delivered them to 'Catching Lives', a charity in Canterbury which supports the homeless, rough sleepers & other vulnerable people in Canterbury & East Kent who have fallen on hard times and who have nowhere else to turn. Catching Lives offers immediate respite at their Open Centre in Canterbury when needed, but also offers help with the numerous issues that their clients may be experiencing in order to help them with their personal recovery and independent living again. As usual, our annual Christmas charity run to Catching Lives in Canterbury was well attended today. Arthur (& his little helper) were joined by Hugh, Trevor and Mike & Jean in SERV cars; Jim & Chris on SERV bikes; Paul & Bush on their own bikes and Sarah & Ken & Coral in their own cars at HQ for the run down to Canterbury. The weather wasn't very kind but we received a warm welcome with lots of help to unload all the donated food, toiletries & clothing, very kindly given by SERV Kent members, with tea, coffee & mince pies to follow. Thank you to all our members who donated. The volunteers at Catching Lives and their clients are, we know, very grateful for your support and so are we. Thank you.
Peter Smith who first heard of SERV Kent - Bloodrunners as a member of the Whitstable Oyster Singers when they were fund-raising for us, was so impressed with the services that we provide to our local communities, that he suggested that the British Caravan & Motorhome Club - East Kent Centre (of which he is also a member) choose SERV Kent - Bloodrunners as their charity for 2019. The Club Members agreed and they have been holding various events throughout the year, including raffles at their regular meet-ups, dog shows and cake sales among others. We were invited to their Christmas Dance & Party on Saturday, 7th December at the Hoo Academy near Rochester where they wished to present us with a cheque. There were nearly 90 carvanners there and Trevor went along with his wife, Audrey, Darryl Pitman and Mike & Jean McNally. We were provided with lovely food (home-made) & drink and live entertainment by Vegas & Slim, a Retro Covers Band, a couple of very experienced and talented guys - vocal & guitar - who had nearly everyone up and dancing right from the start! Even Trevor & Audrey spent most of the evening on the dance floor, something they had missed for some time due to a back operation, dodgy hips and cranky knees. And then, during the break, we were presented with a cheque for £2,900! Trevor was almost speechless - although he managed to say thank you and also a few words about the Bloodrunners to update them on the services we provide. We all enjoyed a fabulous evening with some truly lovely and generous people and we are extremely grateful for their support.
At their meetings The Widows Sons Masonic Bikers Association (West Kent) pass round a collecting box and all those present put in £1. Over a period of time the amount builds up and, this evening, The Widows Sons visited us at our HQ at Medway Services on the M2 for our monthly social evening and presented us with a cheque for £300.00! A number of SERV Kent members were also present and, over a modest buffet, we were very pleased to be able to show them round our HQ and tell them about the services we offer to our local communities. We are very grateful to The Widows Sons for their support.
Trevor spent a lovely evening with the North Kent Motorcycle Action Group last night at The Nag's Head in Rochester. The weather was terrible but a good number turned out and he enjoyed telling them all about SERV Kent - Bloodrunners. Their collection & raffle raised an amazing £142.74 and we are very grateful for their support.