District 12 Inner Wheel

88 Challenge by Clubs

Westgate & Birchington Hazel and Chris completed their 88 miles
on 29th March.
Hazel completes her 88 Miles
Pat Sanford, D12 ISC and member of the 
IW Club of Gillingham, 
completed walking 88 miles for the Challenge 88 on Boxing Day. 
Here she can be seen at 1 of her favourite routes, Rochester Castle.   Pat Sanford by Rochester Castle
Gillingham Club

Another favourite walk is by Upnor Castle and the more rural paths of Cooling and Spendiff on the Hoo Peninsula.

Pat Sanford on her walk
Gillingham Club

Pat has always enjoyed walking but the lockdown restrictions gave her the added bonus of not only walking the miles but raising funds for the Air Ambulance appeal. 

Pat would like to thank friends and family and members of her club for sponsoring her.

Pat Sanford by Upnor Castle
Folkestone Club The Folkestone ladies complete their walk. Folkestone club completing their walk
Canterbury, Faversham and Herne Bay
Bollywood Screen

The Inner Wheel Clubs of Canterbury, Faversham and Herne Bay met together on Zoom to enjoy a Bollywood Blast. It was quite a tonic after the lengthy spell of lockdown and was a fitting way to celebrate International Inner Wheel Day on 10th January - the anniversary of the founding of our Organisation. Not only did we learn about the symbolism of the Dance, but we actually put it all into practice!!

A generous raffle, along with the tickets money, raised over £300 from the 3 Clubs for the AIR AMBULANCE, District 12's Charity for 2020-2021.

Folkestone Club Folkestone ladies out for a rainy walk
President Doreen Cooke-Davies and Maureen Foreman. It was lovely to be between showers as it had been a wet week!  Dolly Mallinson was also present ~ she took the photos. 
Folkestone ladies plus one taking the picture Folkestone ladies rest between showers on their walk
Westgate & Birchington Club An update on Hazel and Chris's 88
mile challenge. Hazel has now done 50 miles, and Chris has now done 23 miles.
Hazel in winter mode
Deal Club

President Jennifer Van Lens has donned her trainers and has walked 8 x 88,000 steps. Jennifer's notebook shows her record of steps each month. Jennifer is still receiving donations for this magnificent effort and the final total will go to the charity.

 Jennifers record of steps

Jennifer Van Lens the Deal President after 88000 steps
Tunbridge Wells Club Tunbridge Wells member Helen is jogging 88 miles! She says that she thinks it will take her quite a while! Tunbridge Wells member Helen is jogging 88 miles
Canterbury Club Pauline Banks has completed 88 miles on her cycle ride to raise money for the Air Ambulance. Canterbury member Pauline with her bike
Westgate and Birchington

An update on Hazel and Chris's progress by the end of October.
Hazel has now walked 39 miles and Chris has walked 19 miles after his enforced lay off due to an operation.
88 Challenge with grandchildren 13th Sept
On 13th September, in glorious sunshine Hazel walked with the grandchildren on the beach at Westgate on Sea.
Hazel and Chris Hedges out with the family walking at Hever Castle
During half term Hazel and Chris visited Hever Castle and enjoyed walking a couple of miles with the grandchildren! 
As you can see it was rather wet!
Maidstone Club

Club Correspondent, Lynda Wicken, reports that Maidstone club Joint President Jane Yates has been busy and killed three birds with one stone, so to speak. Jane has very industriously made 88 Covid face masks for Porchlight and invited club members to sponsor her with the proceeds going to the District charity, the Air Ambulance and to date raised in excess of £200. Here is a photo of Jane with said masks. 

Maidstone President Jane with 88 masks
Tunbridge Wells Club

Shauna King from Tunbridge Wells Club has set herself the challenge of swimming 88 kilometres. Here she has just completed the 34th Kilometre – only 54 to go!

Shauna's Swim
Deal club

 Lilian, who has been a member of Deal Club since 1976, took up the 88 Challenge by knitting 88 Beanie Hats. She has not only raised money for our charity but Operation Sunshine has gained 88 hats. Her sponsorship was organised by her sister who just happened to be 88!

Lilian with her 88 beanie hats

Deal member Lilians 88 hats
Ramsgate Club

Edwina Baker from Ramsgate Club took up our Challenge and has walked 88 miles in the Lake District. 

Well done Edwina, we think you’re the first member to actually complete the 88 miles. 

Edwina Baker from Ramsgate club

Tunbridge Wells Club have come up with some imaginative ideas for the 88 Challenge!

saving the pennies

Some members are putting a coin in a box every day for 88 days. Even if only 10p a day each member will raise £8.88!

Sheila from Tunbridge Wells being crafty

Sheila from the club is being sponsored for making a craft item every day for 88 days.

Westgate & Birchington Club Westgate & Birchington Club members have reason to be grateful to the Air Ambulance, as they were instrumental in saving a member’s life, after she fell and broke her neck. 

However, Chris Hedges, President of Westgate & Birchington Rotary club this year, has chosen two charities which reflect the help, support and treatment that his wife, Hazel, a Breast Cancer survivor and member of Westgate & Birchington Inner Wheel received.  

Hazel walking on the seafront
Chris and Hazel’s sponsored walk started on the 8th August and Hazel has already done 19 miles towards the 88 miles! They try to go out most days & Hazel is now mostly managing a mile, & sometimes even 2 miles! When Hazel had the ‘All Clear’ she could barely manage a walk to the beach and back from their home in Sea Road, Westgate. They plan to split the money raised in half to go to the Air Ambulance & Viking Unit.

Bromley Club member Diana Sargeant did a sponsored swim!

It is the 88th year for Bromley Club too, so they are celebrating with the District!

Starting in August, the 8th month of the year, she set herself a challenge of swimming 88 lengths of her swimming pool, (25 feet long), every day for 10 days.

 Bromley member Diana Sargeant

She has accomplished that target and hopes that this will be a start for Bromley's charity as well as the District's.

Here is part of an article that was published in the local paper about the Dover Club's 88 Challenge! 

Dover Inner Wheel club 'swim 'n tea for Air Ambulance Sep 2020

'Already two events with an “eight” theme have been held by Dover Club. In August one member hosted three “swim and tea” afternoons at her home where (some) of her guests swam 8 lengths of her pool and all enjoyed a delicious tea, safely distanced in the garden.' 

 Dover Inner Wheel Club walk and dine for Air Ambulance

Then in early September an 8 km. walk around Bishopsbourne followed by lunch was organised by Evelyn and Stella. This began and ended at the Tadpole Tearooms where there is a large outdoor seating area.  

Nineteen members attended together with 4 husbands but the highlight for the 9 walkers was the gift of a punnet of strawberries from the manager of one of the farms en route. The designated footpath also passed by rows of Kentish apple trees waiting to be harvested.

These events, together with another al fresco picnic, were very much welcomed by those who were able to attend and to meet each other again and grateful thanks are due to all the organisers.' 

 Eastbourne Sovereign Club

June Christophi, Club Correspondent from Eastbourne Sovereign says, 'In the gruelling heat, we, as in 8 Ladies and 5 Gentlemen, attempted to do our Inner Wheel 88 Challenge...a walk for 88 mins on the 8th Of the 8th month... In Aid of Air Ambulance Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

  Eastbourne Sov are off on the walk

..We began in high spirits with a gentle sea breeze urging us along... sadly that breeze disappeared and the heat became a little bit too much.... it was agreed we would stop and it was decided at a later date we would continue with a further walk and finish our challenge... 

Thank you to everyone both in the club and friends who sponsored and donated to this worthy cause... Fear not we will do this challenge, it will not beat us.... and we will donate all monies collected to Air Ambulance.

 Eastbourne Sov resting in the shade

Eastbourne Sovereign Club

A second attempt for Eastbourne Sovereign Club. DC Christine joined them for a lovely evening walk. Their Challenge was to walk for 88 minutes.

The walk ended with fish and chips!

Eastbourne 2nd attempt fish and chips with DC ChristineEastbourne 2nd attempt and theyre off

Herne Bay Club Mary Hedges, secretary says, ‘On Saturday 8th  August , Air Ambulance with the support of SERV Blood Runners helped to raise the profile of the ladies of Herne Bay Club' Herne Bay start the walk

The ladies made their first attempt to fund-raise for those charities since the lockdown in March. It was the first time members had had the opportunity to meet since March and it was great fun to greet our friends after so many months.'  

Member at Large Shailaja Joshi;

88 Challenge - The Esplanade, Rochester

Shailaja says, 'We were only 4 of 8, Margaret, Felicity, Ruth and myself. Some having apologised for not walking have pledged support. I had reorganised the time and we were glad to set out in the morning, as it was pleasant and the temperatures were quite comfortable. We covered 1.2 miles in over half an hour, and the riverside walk was enjoyable. It was a great time for reconnecting too, as we hadn't seen each other for a long time!' 

Member at large and 3 others at Rochester