District 12 Inner Wheel

88 Challenge by Clubs

Tunbridge Wells Club

Shauna King from Tunbridge Wells 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 Inner Wheel 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 Bromley Club's 88th year 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, (25feet long), every day for 10 days.

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! 

'Already two events with an “eight” theme have been held.  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 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 the Inner Wheel of Herne Bay.  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