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Charity: Two Dover charities are given 'monkeys' from Police lost property sale

Contributed by editor on Sep 06, 2017 - 07:15 PM



Two charities in the Dover area have each received a donation of a monkey - £500 in cockney rhyming slang - thanks to money raised through the Kent Police Property Fund.


The Dover Community First Responders and Friends of Kingsdown Play Park each received a cheque from Chief Inspector Mark Weller during a presentation at Dover Police Station on Tuesday 5 September 2017.


The money donated is raised through the sale of lost property each year and handed out to many worthwhile ventures all over the county in order to support their good work. Each charity is nominated by an employee at Kent Police.

The Dover Community First Responders is a small group of volunteers who are trained to attend emergency 999 calls to support the South East Coast Ambulance Service. These individuals are trained to offer life-saving first aid in the Dover area until paramedics arrive on scene. The money received from Kent Police will be used to pay for more medical equipment include defibrillators, bandages and other essentials.

The Friends of Kingsdown Play Park is also a group of volunteers, formed by local parents, who wanted to create a brand new park for children of all ages to enjoy. It has raised more than £38,000 through fundraising events and have been working closely with Kingsdown Parish Council to get the park up and running. The group will use the donation to pay for the second phase of the build, which will include climbing frames and a zip wire to cater for older children.

Chief Inspector Mark Weller at Kent Police said: ‘I’m so pleased to be able to hand over this money to two very worthwhile causes and really humbled to hear how much of their time they volunteer to help others.

‘The Dover Community First Responders have day jobs yet they volunteer to help emergency services during their down time in order to help save lives. This is really something to be proud of and I’m delighted we can help them buy new equipment. The Friends of Kingsdown Play Park have also been racking up the hours with fundraising in order to launch their new park. Keeping young people entertained can have such a positive impact on the local community and in many ways supports us at Kent Police.


‘I would like to wish both charities the very best of luck for the future.’

Top photo: Pictured from left to right are: Martin Dadd – The Kent County Council Community Safety Warden for Deal, Ringwould and Kingsdown, Lisa Dennison from Friends of Kingsdown Play Park, Chief Inspector Mark Weller along with Clare Sykes and Rachael Baker from Dover Community First Responders.

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