By Cathie Seigal

Two years ago a group of villagers in Martinstown decided to raise money for a charity called Kennedy’s Disease UK, started by a local friend and neighbour, Kate Hopps.

Kate’s husband Frank had been diagnosed with Kennedy’s, a rare progressive neuromuscular disorder, and the charity is raising money to promote awareness and support research that is being carried out at University College Hospital.

We felt as a local community we would like to support Kate and Frank, so over two years have raised £5,600. Half of this has been achieved through a supper club, hosted by friends at each other’s homes, the guests paying for the supper. We have 29 people taking part in this. The rest of the money has been raised through barn dances, a car treasure hunt, a cream tea and coffee morning and the support of the Somerleigh Players, who stage plays in the village hall.

At our launch party earlier this month we gave Kate and Frank a cheque for £2,600 raised in 2017. This year we are continuing to raise money, this time for the local primary school at Winterborne Abbas, helping them fund an improved outdoor play area. The suppers will continue, and there will be a 60s disco in June and a quiz night in October.

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