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Rachel secures hospital boost


AKINGS Hill mum’s fundraising to help newborn babies with breathing problems has received a £500 donation from Kent Police’s property fund. Rachel Burns (34), organiser of


the Breathe4Pembury campaign, is taking part in 12 different sporting challenges this year to raise £6,000 for the hospital’s neonatalward. The Kings Hill mum of two took


on the challenge after her first daughter Ava, now aged four, was born seriously ill, but nursed back to health within four days. The money will go towards a Vapotherm respiratory machine, which she believes savedAva’s life. Rachel, who is pictured with daughters Amber and Ava, said: “This money will be used to save lives and I am grateful that Kent Police have donated it to us. This cause is extremely close to my heart, as I am sure it is for many parents. This money takes us even closer to making our target and I am looking forward to buying the respiratory machine as soon as pos-


downsmail.co.uk Finn meets Paralympian idols


A NINE-year-old with cerebral palsy met three of his wheelchair basketball idols at a session organised so that he could play a match with school friends. Finn O’Neill, who


goes to St Mark’s Primary school in Eccles, contacted AylesfordMP and Minister for Sport Tracey Crouch about his love for wheelchair basketball. She got in touch with British Wheelchair Basketball (BWB) who arranged a game in which four wheelchair players competed alongside running players. Wheelchair basketball


Paralympians Simon Munn and Peter Finbow and world gold medallist Siobhan Fitzpatrick also went along to help Finn and his friends try out the sport. Finn was also given amulti-sport wheelchair by Youth Sport Direct, the education partner of BWB.


Finn with Simon Munn, BWB chief executive Charlie Bethel, Tracey Crouch and Jason Brightman of Youth Sport Direct.


Picture: BWB


sible.” Rachel’s fundraising chal- lenges have included a 26.2-mile walk around Pembury and Tun- bridge Wells and a 7km mud run. Thanks to the police donation the fund now stands at just under £4,000. The police property fund raises money from the sale of items seized during police operations and unclaimed property at auction. It is then distributed among chari- ties which provide services to Kent.


Road names


LEYBOURNE residents have been asked by developers for ideas for street names for phase five of the Leybourne Chase homes develop- ment. Suggestions include calling roads after Hodges or Rose - names on Leybourne War Memorial, or Blackburn-Maze – a family living at Leybourne Grange during WWI.


WI meeting


KINGS Hill WI meets on the fourthWednesday of the month in Kings Hill Community Centre at 7.30pm. The speaker on August 24 will


be Hazel Arnold, who will give a talk on Nigeria in the 1960s. Visi- tors are welcome. For details, call Tina Patterson on 01732 844721.


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