Dec 31, 2009

Rett's Angels girls beat bad weather

Eight families from across Kent braved snow and ice to take part in Lorraine Hockey's fifth annual Christmas Party for Rett's Angels.
It is held for girls suffering from Rett Syndrome which makes them unable to walk or talk.
Lorraine's own daughter Cassie, 17, suffers from the illness.

Mum-of-two Lorraine, 53, who lives in Hodgson Road, Seasalter, and runs Jaguar Carpets in Herne Bay with her husband Keith, said: "Our volunteer harpist could not make it because of bad weather and I was worried nobody would show on Saturday.
"But eight families did. They came from as far as Bexleyheath, Deal and Maidstone.
"Ironically, Seasalter remained remarkably untouched by the bad weather although I had hired a snow machine specially!"

The gathering is usually held at Whitstable's Horsebridge Centre but switched to the Seasalter Christian Centre to save costs.

The event was helped by donations from Ward and Partners, the Co-operative Society and the Whitstable Carnival Committee. Entertainment was provided by jugglers from Kent Circus School.
A specially-edited DVD of the parties is to be launched in the new year to show sponsors where their money goes and to attract new supporters.
Rett's Angels has already been adopted by women members of Herne Bay Golf Club as its charity of the year. It provides support for sufferers and their families.

Rett Syndrome is a neurological disease which affects one in 10,000 children, usually girls, which has led to the name Rett's Angels. Sufferers lose the ability to walk and talk and have to be cared for as if they are babies.


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