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News Juliana’s bid to create a garden

AN AYLESFORD teenager suffering from a life limiting illness is raising money for a garden for patients and nurses at the hospital where she spends a lot of her time.

Juliana Downes (15), who was

born with the genetic disease cystic fibrosis, wants to raise £10,000 to provide an outdoor space at Tun- bridgeWells Hospital in Pembury and has set up a Just Giving page for online donations. Although the youngster, who

lives in Teapot Lane, can no longer attend school, her classmates at Aylesford School Sports College have rallied round to help with the fundraising. She said: “I would like to create

an outdoor space for the use of everyone at the hospital. The staff have always been kind and caring. They have helped me a lot during my illness and have always made


dies on A228 WITNESSES are being sought after a motorcyclist was killed on the A228 near East Peckham. No other vehicles were involved

in the accident involving the rider of a red Ducati on the northbound carriageway between East Peck- ham and Paddock Wood at just after 7pm. The motorcyclist, a 46-year-old

man, died at the scene. His family have been informed, although his name has not yet been released. The road was closed for several

hours on Sunday,August 7 to allow a forensic team to take details. PC Jamie Woodhams, from the serious collision investigation unit, said: "I would appeal to anyone who saw the collision, or the vehi- cle in the moments before the acci- dent to call us.” Call 01622 798538, email

me feel safe and cared for. The hos- pital is lovely but there is nowhere outside to go and sit when the weather is nice. “If you had spent as much time

as I have in hospital then you would realise how lovely it is to get out into the fresh air. “I would like to create this space

so that the nurses would have a place to sit in the sun. This would be a lovely place for other sick kids to enjoy as well.” Juliana has to have twice-daily sessions of chest physiotherapy and takes about 25 tablets a day to help her digestive system. Her mum Wendy said: “She spends quite a chunk of her life in

hospital. This site is in a lovely for- est area, but there is no space out- side for the patients or the nurses to sit and enjoy the sunshine. “She really is very poorly but she

has a very ‘get on with it’ attitude. She knows she has a life-shorten- ing disease but she always takes every day as it comes.” Pupils at Aylesford School

Sports College held a four-day fundraising event, running stalls including a bake sale and “guess the teacher from the baby photo”, to bring in £816. A school spokesman said: “It

was great fun and good to see the whole school get involved.”

Juliana Downes Paula’s marathon swim raises £5k for charity

AWOMANhas swum amarathon for a cancer charity to support a friend whowas diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago. Paula Foreman, of Willowmead,

Leybourne, completed her 26.2-mile swim at Nemes Diving and Watersports Academy, Holborough Lakes, Snodland, in 16 hours 18.01 minutes. Paula, who has raised more than £5,000, said: "Two years ago, Julie was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had her her lymph nodes removed, had amasectomy, chemo and radio therapy. Thanks to the doctors and modern medicine, she has come out the other side. "She still has a long journey ahead

with complications caused by medication and a reconstruction on the horizon but Julie has been strong and continues to fight this disease."

ATAsports pavilion, fencing and poleswere damaged in Rocfort Road, Snodland. A vehicle was taken without consent in Holborough Road, Snodland. A wooden fence panel has been damaged

in Birling Road, Snodland. A television and a Sony Playstation games console were stolen during a break-in at a home in Covey Hall Road, Snodland. AblackVWGolf, registration CV63***,was

stolen from a driveway in Midsummer Road, Snodland, using keys taken from inside the property. A property was damaged at a house in Mercer close, Snodland. Cash was taken from a business premises

in SheldonWay, Larkfield. A window was damaged at a school in

New Hythe Lane, Larkfield. A 5ft cherry tree was stolen from an allot-

ment in Kingfisher Road, Larkfield. A vehicle parked in Medina Road, Ditton,

was broken into. Items were taken from a garden shed in

28 Malling August 2016

Paula Foreman with her husband Jason and sons Callum and Liam after her marathon swim

Julie is amarathon runner and

Paula suggested that when Julie was better she should run another marathon in aid of breast cancer. As shewas not a runner Paula would swim amarathon. In 1992, Paula (48) swamfrom England to France and the following year swamfromEngland to France

and back again. More recently she became amember of the first ladies’ team to swim round the Isle of Wight. Paula swamto raise sponsorship

for Breast Cancer Now. Married to Jason with two sons,

Callum (14) and Liam (12), she has lived in Leybourne for 18 years.

NeighbourhoodWatch Working to reduce crime. Call Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 or local police

Medina Road, Ditton. Partswere removed from a vehicle in a car

park in Liberty Square, Kings Hill. Itemswere stolen from a vehicle while one person distracted the drive in Alexander Grove, Kings Hill. A skip was removed from The Alders, Mereworth,without consent. A Toyota Hilux parked in West Malling

High Street was broken into and personal itemswere stolen. A vehicle was broken into in a car park in Norman Road,West Malling. Parts were removed from a vehicle in Brickfields,West Malling. Sounding equipment was stolen from Rochester Road, Aylesford. Avehiclewas broken into in FriarsAvenue,

Aylesford. Afencewas damaged at a commercial yard

in Rochester Road, Aylesford. A vehicle was taken from High Street,

Aylesford. A shrub was damaged in the front garden of a home in Brassey Drive, Aylesford.




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