PO Box 207,
Chester le Street, DH3 9AR
Tel. 01438 861866
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web site: http://www.hmesg.co.uk/
1 March 2007
HMESG Annual Meeting, Saturday 5th May 2007: Fundraising Night/10 Year Celebrations
I have great pleasure in enclosing details of the above events.
As usual the afternoon meeting has an interesting and varied programme and this year is no exception. We are looking forward to welcoming a Panel of Guest Speakers who will each give a talk prior to taking questions from the audience. This will provide members with the opportunity to ask all those questions that crop up between hospital appointments and more! This programme has been put together in response to member feedback from last year’s meeting and I do hope you will come along and support us.
After the huge success of last year’s fundraising night we are holding another one this year and Dawn Searle is working very hard to pull this together for us. This year is our Ten Year Anniversary so it seems only fitting that we round the day off with a celebration marking the event. You will see from the enclosed flyer that the theme for this year’s event is the 1970s. Although not compulsory it would be great if we could enter into the spirit of the evening in fancy dress! I am sure some of us still have, lurking at the back of the wardrobe, something we could pull together for the evening.
As I mentioned to you in our Xmas News Bulletin the HMESG Committee is currently exploring an exciting new research project that will be of great value and interest to all our members and over the next six months we will be concentrating on raising funds specifically for the research account to try and get to a position where we can contribute to the funding of this project. Our evening fundraiser will help us kick start our hopes to raise £25,000 over the next six months solely to help fund this project. This is a huge amount, we know, but with the help of our members I am confident we can achieve it. Let’s make this a night to remember. Why not make a weekend of it!
I am also enclosing five books of raffle tickets and it would be very helpful if you could sell all of them. More raffle tickets can be obtained by calling myself on 0191 4109235.
If every family can manage to sell all five books we can hope to raise £9,000 from raffle tickets sales alone which would be fantastic!
Please send cheque and counterfoils to the above address by 1 May 2007 at the very latest.
Look forward to seeing you there. Yours sincerely.
AGM AND MEETING 2007
Lancastrian Suite, Newcastle Federation Breweries
Lancaster Road, Dunston, Gateshead
Tyne & Wear NE11 9JR
Saturday 5th May
12.45pm to 5.00pm
This year our AGM and meeting takes place in conjunction with an evening fundraiser. We have a varied programme for the afternoon including 3 leading consultants and one Specialist Registrar in Orthopaedics speaking, a question and answer session, and members’ stories. There will be a crèche/drop in centre available for children up to 12 and a youth session for children over 12 years.
A finger buffet lunch will be served on arrival and afternoon tea served after the close of the meeting. A bar will be open early evening, so members staying on for the fundraiser will have use of their own room during the interim. Details of the fundraiser are enclosed. As you will see there is a great evening’s entertainment lined up and we hope many members will support the fundraiser. Local accommodation is recommended inside so why not make a weekend of it?
We look forward to your support for what should be an informative and relaxed day and memorable evening.
12.45 pm Members arrive
01.00 pm Finger buffet lunch is served
01.30 pm Crèche opens
01.45 pm Youth session starts
01.45 pm Meeting starts with Welcome and Introduction – Christine Spencer (Chair)
01.50 pm First Speaker:
02.05 pm Second Speaker: Mr Daniel Porter
Senior Lecturer & Honorary Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, New
Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh.
02.20 pm Third Speaker: Dr M Wright
Consultant Clinical Geneticist, Institute of Human Genetics, International
Centre for Life, Newcastle upon Tyne.
02.35 pm Fourth Speaker: Mr Adam Watts. Specialist Registrar in Orthopaedics, New Royal
Infirmary, Edinburgh – preliminary results on his recent wrist survey.
02.50 pm Question and Answer session with Panel of Speakers –
Christine Spencer to chair.
03.30 pm Break for toilet and stretch
03.35 pm Members’ Stories. Members recall and share experiences of HME –
Christine Spencer to chair.
04.15 pm Annual General Meeting: Christine Spencer and Steve Harding (Treasurer)
04.30 pm Close of Meeting – Christine Spencer
04.30 pm Youth session closes
04.30 pm Afternoon tea is served
04.40 pm Crèche closes
05.00 pm Licensed bar opens
07.00 pm Fundraiser event starts
Youth Session (minimum age 13 years)
12.45pm Arrival for 1pm finger buffet lunch with parents
1.45pm Youth session commences
Not yet decided
4.30pm Youth session finishes
4.30pm Teenagers/young adults will join their parents for afternoon tea.
This session was a huge success last year and enjoyed by all who attended. Numbers are limited and booking will be on a first come first served basis. Please see enclosed Registration Form.
Children’s Programme (minimum age 0 years-maximum age 12 years)
12.45pm Arrival for 1pm finger buffet lunch with parents
1.30pm Crèche/Drop in Centre opens
A professional crèche will provide care and activities during the meeting in the Board Dining Room on the first floor
4.40pm Crèche/Drop in Centre closes
Children will join their parents for afternoon tea.
Places in the crèche/drop in centre are limited and booking will be on a first come first served basis. Please see enclosed Registration Form. Parents will be required to register their child on arrival and sign them out at end of the session.
Fundraiser/Ten Year Celebrations
Enclosed are details of the fundraiser. The aim is to raise funds for research into HME in addition to raising awareness of the condition. The event is open to the public and promises to be a night to remember with a local 1970s disco band, a disco, auction and raffle. 1970s Fancy Dress optional. Dawn Searle and myself have been working extremely hard to put together the evening’s programme and a glittering list of prizes for the auction and raffle, many of which have been signed by top footballers and celebrities. Bar meals will be available during the evening.
Tickets for the fundraiser can be purchased at a special price for members and details of reserving your ticket are included in the attached Registration Form.
The Derwent Crossing Premier Travel Inn, Derwent Haugh Road, Swalwell, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear.
Room only £57 (new price as at 1st March 2007) (family/twin/double/single/disabled available)
There is a Brewers Fayre restaurant on site (with children’s play area). Breakfast: FEB £7.50/Continental £5.25 per adult. Breakfast is free for children under 10 years.
Reservations can be made direct with the hotel: 0191 414 6308.
The Premier Travel Inn is approximately 5 minutes drive from the Lancastrian Suite.
NB. I have this week been advised that this hotel now has limited availability.
Close by there is the Marriot Hotel, Gateshead (Tel No: 0191 493 2233) a Travelodge, Clasper Way, Swalwell (Tel: 0870 7200951), Travelodge, Washington (Tel: 0870 191 1771) both of which can been booked via the web using www.travelodge.co.uk or Express by Holiday Inn, Newcastle Metro Centre (Tel: 0870 400 9095). A full list of hotels and registered B&B’s is available from the Tourist Board on 0191 433 8420 or email@example.com.
Parking: Ample free parking available on site.
Nearest railway station: Newcastle Central (change to local rail network for Metro Centre about 1 mile from venue or take taxi from station approximately 15 minute drive to venue)
Local airports: Newcastle Airport. Approximately 15 minute taxi drive to venue.
Coach travel station: St James’ Boulevard. Approximately 15 minute taxi drive to venue.
Location Map: Printed on back page
Booking Details for Meeting
The AGM/meeting is for members and their families. Professionals are also welcome, but priority will be given to members. The Support Group funds will finance the majority of the costs. To help cover expenses we request a payment* to cover the costs of catering. For the teenagers/young adults and children, it also includes a place in the youth session or Crèche/Drop in Centre.
*In order to ensure all members have an equal opportunity to attend, concessions are available for any members receiving benefit or low-income support. Please contact Christine Spencer for details.
· Members AGM/Meeting fee: £7 per adult;
· Teenager/Young Adult/child £6 each
· Professional delegate AGM/Meeting fee: £20 per delegate attending
Please note numbers are limited. Allocation will be on a first come first served basis. Tickets will be forwarded on receipt of the registration form and payment.
THE CLOSING DATE FOR RETURN OF THE REGISTRATION FORM IS:
FRIDAY 7TH APRIL 2007.
Booking Details for Fundraiser
The fundraiser is open to members of the public. Tickets are available to members at a special reduced price of £5 each (normally £10). Please apply for tickets on the attached Registration Form.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUERIES PLEASE CONTACT CHRISTINE SPENCER ON
T:0191 4109235 or M: 07961 540 768 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
HMESG Contact Details
HMESG, PO Box 207, Chester le Street, Co Durham DH3 9AR; Email: email@example.com; web site: www.hmesg.co.uk;
Travelling from the South:
After passing Washington Services (now called Moto Services) on your left and then the Angel of the North bronze statue on your right you are now approaching the Metro Centre area. Stay on A1 until you see a signpost for Dunston/Whickham. Take the slip road left off the motorway and turn right. Stay on this road for approximately ¾ mile. Under a small railway bridge, on the right hand side you will see a CAR SHOCK garage. Immediately after this on the left hand side is a turning into Lancaster Road. The Federation Brewery Lancastrian Suite is directly in front of you.
Travelling from the North:
Stay on the A1. After the Metro Centre on your left take the next slip road off signposted Dunston/Whickham. Turn left and follow this road for approximately ¾ mile. Under a small railway bridge, on the right hand side you will see a CAR SHOCK garage. Immediately after this on the left hand side is a turning into Lancaster Road. The Federation Brewery Lancastrian Suite is directly in front of you.
Travelling from the Lancastrian Suite to the Derwent Crossing Premier Travel Inn
Recommended route for members unfamiliar with the local area: go back to the A1 Northbound. Once back on the A1 take the third exit off signposted Consett/Blaydon. Go straight over roundabout. You will see a Total Petrol station on your left, next to it is the Derwent Crossing.
REGISTRATION FORM FOR MEETING AND FUNDRAISER
Saturday 5TH May 2007
Lancastrian Suite, Newcastle Federation Breweries, Gateshead
Name and address tickets to be forwarded to:
Please include postcode
Contact telephone number:
PLEASE TICK BOX IF ATTENDING FOR THE FIRST TIME AS A NEW MEMBER
AGM/MEETING - £7/ADULT
Names of all adults attending to be listed below
YOUTH SESSION - £6/YOUTH
Names of all youth attending youth session to be listed below
CRÈCHE - £6/CHILD
Names of all children attending crèche to be listed below
Maximum age in crèche 12 years/minimum age in youth session 13 years.
FUNDRAISER - £5/PERSON
Names of all persons attending to be listed below
Name of member attending:
Please detail below ALL special needs
Please detail below any special dietary needs
PLEASE TICK BOX IF ATTENDING AS A PROFESSIONAL DELEGATE: FEE £20
TOTAL NUMBER IN PARTY:
Adult members: £7; youth session £6; crèche £6; professional delegate £20;
TOTAL PAYMENT ENCLOSED:
Cheque/postal order to be made payable to:
HME Support Group
Please forward your competed form with payment, to Christine Spencer in the envelope provided (stamp required).The closing date for return of the Registration Form is: FRIDAY 7TH APRIL 2007