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Events & Fundraising
Hello, my name is Rowan, and I wanted to explain how I'm trying to help within my community.
Until recent years, I have had a career within the equestrian industry for over 30 years, training and competing horses and coaching riders.
The change in my life happened after my own experiences of perimenopause and menopause, and the struggle I had to find the right information and help I needed. Now I feel passionately about trying to help other women in similar circumstances, and the wish to improve knowledge around menopause.
After a huge amount of research and re training, I have been offering support, guidance and education on menopause locally, to raise awareness and help early diagnosis.
I have set up 'Dorset Menopause Support' as a Social Enterprise and hope it will evolve into a CIC or Charity in the future, so it can further benefit the community.
I would like to develop a Menopause Centre for Dorset, South Wiltshire and South Somerset. This will be in the form of converting one of my outbuildings into a designated space, so I can continue to offer support in a secluded and peaceful setting.
This will also enable more group meetings to take place, and it would accommodate visits from other therapists.
And.....with alot of dedication and determination I eventually want to be able to offer a Menopause Clinic with specialist treatment from a Health Care Professional with training in menopause and prescription medication.
I realise only too well that many women are still struggling to receive the treatment and care they need. The current waiting times after a referral to a Menopause Specialist Clinic on the NHS are between 16 months and 2 years. I find this unacceptable, as some women develop intrusive or suicidal thoughts, so felt the need to act. I am hoping that a Clinic here will not only provide a much shorter waiting time but also much more affordable than many private clinics, through fundraising events.
News on Cream Tea Fundraising Event
A massive thank you to all who attended Augusts fabulous fundraising event!
It was a huge success with around 60 people coming to support the future of Dorset Menopause Support, and raise awareness in the community of the support available.
With your amazing donations and sales of raffle tickets we raised a whopping £758!
Absolutely fantastic and with some other extremely generous donations on the JustGiving page, this week alone has raised £1,308.00 you are all amazing!
Donations are still coming in and the JustGiving page is still open, so if you couldn't come and would like to help you can still donate...every little counts and gets us that bit closer to a Menopause Centre of Care with specialist treatment in our community.
Alternatively, perhaps you'd like to purchase a T shirt to help raise funds. By doing this you support BooBs - Breast Cancer Awareness as well as Dorset Menopause Support.
A huge thank you to the sponsors of the event, Shaftesbury Lidl and Blackmore Vale Dairy and to my lovely friends who made cakes Ellie Portnell, Jude Portnell, Judes mum, Norma Amlot, Jacqueline Rooke, Tracy Fennell and Jane Milliken-Smith.
A big thank you to all who donated prizes for the raffle including Asda Crockers of Gillingham, Waitrose, Hawtree & Sons Riverside Garage, Nicola Green Consultancy, Karen Janes, Sweet treats of Poole, Ruth Dresman Glass and many more friends and neighbours! Thank you all! The raffle alone raised over £330 and we did have some fabulous gifts.
Finally a massive thank you to my wonderful friends who helped run the event. It couldn't have happened without your help or run as well as it did, especially Amanda Edmonds who's crazy idea it was in the first place! turns out it was a brilliant idea! Tracy Fennell, Debbie Carroll, Helen Blunn, Jacqueline Rooke, Jane Milliken-Smith and Pat Ludlow . Your help was invaluable, especially at the end of a very long day!
Special mention to Fifehead Magdalen village hall who let me borrow all their tables and chairs, and to Dee and Thomas Trevor who not only lent me their brand new gazebo but put it up and helped me take it down as well also to Beverley Goulding and Jane Parker for the tea urns.
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