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tribute to Zoe THE parents of Zoe Georgiou – the Maidstone schoolgirl killed by a car as shewalked along a road in Cox- heath – have attended an emotional tribute to their daughter by class- mates. As well as celebrating the life of

the 16-year-old student, the special RAG Talent Show at Invicta Gram- mar School raised more than £1,700 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, a charity close to Zoe’s heart. A spokesman for the school, in Huntsman Lane, said: “The focus was a celebration of Zoe’s life and the special performances made by her closest friends, whilst tinged with sadness,were beautifully per- formed. “Itwas lovely to see Zoe’s family

at the event, and we plan to con- tinue to celebrate Zoe’s life through future activities at the school.” Acts included piano pieces, singing, dancing and even some kung fu. Money raised by the event will

fund research into multiple sclero- sis, of which Zoe’s mum is a suf- ferer. Zoe died after being hit by a car

as she walked along Heath Road with her boyfriend at 6pm on Janu- ary 11. Hospital report mixed

OUT-of-hours services at Tun- bridgeWells Hospital in Pembury need improvement, says the Care Quality Commission. The inspection found that while standards of care, treatment and management were being met, when it came to standards of staffing and caring for patients safely, more needed to be done. Inspectors studied A&E, surgical assessment unit, medical assess- ment unit, intensive care, theatres andwards.

The report noted patients were pleased with the treatment and care they received and how nursing staff were keen to protect patients’ dignity. The report said: “We heard that patients had been shown how to operate their beds and the call bells on admission to the ward. A rela- tive told us that staff had been “very good to Mum” and that when she was in severe pain, staff responded straight away with anal- gesia.”

Badger Chloe’s pride at award

A NINE-year-old from Maidstone is St John Ambulance’s District Badger of the Year. Chloe Chapman, fromWyatt Street,was

one of five Badgers competing in a close- run contest for the title covering Kent and East Sussex. The East Borough Primary School pupil,

who joined the Maidstone Sett just over two years ago, said: “I am so happy to win badger of the year. I had a good day in the competition and enjoyed working with the other Badgers.” Unit manager Daniel Burke said Chloe

was a perfect role model, particularly for newcomers: “We’re delighted she has been chosen as District Badger of the Year.”

However, while appropriate arrangements were in place to en- sure medicines were available, in- spectors said they were not stored or managed safely. Their report continued: “We

found that staff were supported and that the trust monitored the quality of care that patients re- ceived. “However, we found that there

were not enough qualified, skilled and experienced staff to meet peo- ple’s needs.”

Salon to stay

A HAIRDRESSING salon is to re- main in Shepway after a proposal to convert the building into a hot food takeaway was refused. Downs Mail reported last month

that a planning application had been submitted for the takeaway to move in to 4 Cumberland Avenue and replace Step One, which was due to close due to retirement. However, the applicant has now

pulled out after Maidstone Council said the change of use would have caused late night noise and disrup- tion to nearby residents. Carlos Ramos, leaseholder of the building, said: “The salon is going to stay here for many years to come.”

...because you can still leave school at 16

A great alternative to school sixth forms 18 Maidstone Town April 2014

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