2020 CORONAVIRUS UPDATE [PINNED]
MASH continues to support those with asthma even during the lockdown. We are offering one-to-one telephone consultations with our asthma nurse. All of our services are free. So if you need some support with your asthma, then please get in touch to book an appointment.
Our asthma nurse can reveiw your asthma, go over your asthma medication with you and inhaler/spacer technique, discuss your symptoms, help you with a personalised asthma action plan and discuss asthma triggers and hay fever.
We look forward to the return of 'face-to-face' advice sessions as soon as it is safe to do so, but in the interim telephone consultations will be available to anyone (new to MASH or seen before) as required.
Wendy's £1,000 Challenge – Online Family Quiz Nights
Our amazing volunteer, Wendy, has challenged herself to raise £1,000 for MASH. She is doing this by hosting monthly quiz nights via Zoom.
If you would like to join us at her first quiz night on Friday 24th July then please email firstname.lastname@example.org or send a message via our contact page here for more details.
If you would like to help Wendy by making a donation to her challenge then you can do so here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/WendyPalmer7
Well done, Wendy, we can't wait to join you at the quiz.
MASH's Asthma Poster Competition Winners Announced (June 2020)
Thank you to everyone who entered our asthma poster competition. You all did amazing designs and it was very hard for our judges to decide! But the winner of the 'Up to 8 years' category was Iylah (aged 8) with her poster and acrostic poem, and the winner of our '9 to 13 years' category was Louise (aged 11) with her portrait of our mascot, Deano. Both won a £10 book token. There were also three runners up announced, each receiving a £5 book token. Well done, everyone. Thank you so much for helping MASH to tell people all about asthma.
Poster Competition – May 2020
On Friday 1st May 2020, MASH launched its Asthma Poster Competition so that you can help us to raise awareness of asthma. We are looking for some amazing designs that we can use online and in print to help remind people to look after their asthma – so get creative and help us to support people affected by asthma in Medway.
We are really looking forward to seeing your submissions. Full details on entering the competition, the prizes, deadlines and the full terms and conditions can be found here.
APRIL 2020 – We would like to say a big thank you to Rose and Thomas who took on the 2.6 Challenge in aid of MASH. Trampolining for 2.6 minutes in each of 26 different costumes. We love your video and it certainly made us all smile and cheered us up. Thank you to everyone that has sponsored them too: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/roseandthomas. This money will help MASH to continue to support people affected by asthma in Medway. You can see their video below:
Medway Asthma Self-Help (MASH) Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement – Monday 16th March, 2020
MASH is a Medway charity that supports people who have asthma and we take seriously the health needs of our clients and their families.
With immediate effect, we are suspending all outreach activities in the community, in addition to our regular Friday afternoon face-to-face advice sessions that were suspended last week.
We will, however, continue to provide nurse-led telephone advice consultations, which can be booked in the usual way.
For further advice, please access information from the NHS: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
MASH Trustees – Monday 16th March, 2020
Medway Asthma Self-Help (MASH) Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement – Monday 9th March, 2020
MASH is a Medway charity that supports people who have asthma.
We take seriously the health needs of our clients and their families. For that reason, and in response to the confirmation of cases of coronavirus in Medway, we will suspend our regular Friday afternoon face-to-face advice sessions. However, we will provide telephone consultations as an alternative, which can be booked in the usual way.
We will continue to keep under review our regular outreach sessions.
For further advice, please access information from the NHS: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
MASH Trustees – Monday 9th March, 2020
MASH recently receieved funding from Medway Corporate Giving Fund (managed by Kent Community Foundation) after a 'Dragon's Den'-style pitch of our outreach project to their board. This funding will help us improve and expand our outreach in 2020 so that more communities across Medway will access our support and advise on asthma and asthma-related issues. You can read more about the day here.
A very exciting day for MASH and anyone with asthma in Medway. Today we received an amazing donation from Bedfont Scientific Ltd of a NObreath FeNo monitor. This monitor measures inflammation in the airways and will help with diagnosis and monitoring of asthma. It will be a great addition to our nurse-led asthma advice sessions. Thank you so much to the team at Bedfont for your support of MASH's work.
Huge thanks to the staff at our local Cornwallis and Twydall Green Co-op Stores and all the members who have supported MASH this year and helped raise £3,173.60! Staff, trustees and Deano the Dinosaur had great time celebrating with you earlier today! Thank you! #thecoopway
September 2018 MASH is coming near to the end of being one of the local charities to benefit from local Co-op Stores at Twydall and Beechings Way...its not too late to select MASH tobenefit from any local Co-op customers who opt to have us as their named charity within a 15 mile radius who can select us by setting up or logging on to membership pages here ....we will be celebrating the Coop's support inm November so watch this space!
14/15th September 2018 - We attended the University of Kent Moving in Weekend and were present with inforamtion alongside MCH Sunlight Surgery for any students enrolling who might want to know about us because of their asthma or looking for projects or volunteering opportunities. We will be back at the GK Unions Volunteering Fait in October....maybe we can bring Deano to meet a slightly more meacing counterpart??
September 2018 MASH representatives are here looking happy but it with a sad heart we had a final farewell and thank you meeting with staff at Sainsburys Hempstead Valley who have been absolutely wonderful in supporting MASH as their local charity of the Year 2017-8....Thanks to all customers and staff who voted and helped throughout the year and of course our wonderful volunteers!
1st May 2018 - Our Coordinator , Fiona, and volunteers Michael and Martin ran an asthma awareness stall the Pentagon Shopping Centre in Chatham on World Asthma Day. We had a few donations but most importantly spoke with a number of asthmatics, carers and potential volunteers. Thanks everyone for your support and to the Centre Management for letting us come along.
Great to see everyone at the MASH AGM last Thursday and a really interesting talk was given by Dr John Dickinson and William Gowers of the University of Kent School of Sport Sciences on their work and research around EXERCISE AND ASTHMA....if anyone is interested in finding out more , would like to take part in their research or have any other questions please let us know and we are happy to put you in touch!
November 2017 MASH is thrilled to be successfully accepted as one of the local charities to benefit from local Co-op Stores at Twydall and Beechings Way...plus MASH will benefit from any local Co-op customers who opt to have us as their named charity within a 15 mile radius who can select us by setting up or logging on to membership pages here
13th October 2017
Despite our date clashing with several other local charity quizzes, thanks to some regular and a few new supporters we had a great quiz and managed to raise more than £400. Chris and Christine Rogers produced a varied and challenging quiz and we were helped very efficiently by our fabulous young volunteers. Thank you so much all the local businesses which donated raffle prizes and to our fantasic hosts Roko Gillingham especially.
30th September 2017
What a fantastic time we had at our 21st Birthday BASH for MASH with supporters, volunteers and friends old and new! A great end to our September awareness campaign; a wonderful way to mark this important milestone in MASH's history and an opportunity to show our appreciation to our outgoing Chairman of many years, Cllr Nick Bowler.
Thank you everyone who helped us - Roko Gillingham, Viva Saxophone Quartet, Vince Maple and Glenn, Angel Catering, Bola
Adeyoye Cakes Events-Rentals, Sainsbury's Hempstead Valley and Wild Balloons!
Thank you everyone who came along to celebrate with us, everyone unable to who donated towards the evening or sent well wishes and to all the helpers on the night! Your support was and is massively appreciated!
More than £500 was raised as a result of the event, which will go towards helping us continue to support asthmatics and their families in the Medway Towns
23rd August Do you have an asthma action plan agreed with your GP or asthma nurse, or would you like to know more about how they work?
Come and find out more in our interactive
Asthma Self Management Workshops at MASH in September
22nd August MASH is delighted to announce that it has been chosen by Team 13 at the NCS Medway wave 2 this August, who are fundraising for several charities including MASH! They are doing a sponsored walk, bake sale and holding a quiz this Friday in Rainham.....Any keen quizzers are encouraged to come along and support this amazing effort and if you can't raise a team, if anyone is interested in joining a MASH table please get in touch as we are trying to pull one together....you can also donate/sponsor them here
6th August We had a great couple of days at our our launch as #localcharityoftheyear at #Sainsburys Hempstead Valley, a huge thank you to the kind generosity of Sainsbury's customers and all the staff who came to help man the store. The winners of the competitions have been informed by Salisbury's and around £300 was raised, so a wonderful start. We will be back in September as part of our campaign to raise more awareness of asthma and MASH activities and hopefully raise more funds!
15th July 2017
Thank you so much all the fabulous helpers, therapists, stall holders and of course guests... and to Gillingham Golf Club for hosting...Thanks to all! Next date is 3rd November, so save the date and see you then for some winter pampering and Christmas stocking filler shopping!
11th July 2017
Hooray !! MASH has been selected #SainsburysLocalCharityOfTheYear. at our local Hempstead Valley store. We are massively excited to be given this opportunity - thank you everyone who has helped us get there!
16th June 2017
Thank you so much everyone who attended and supported us on Friday 16th June at our summer quiz; thank you to all our volunteers who helped out in the run up and on the night and also to all the local businesses who donated to prizes and quiz prizes! Next Quiz is on Friday 13th October - save the date!
29th April 2017
Thank you to all the swimmers and all
who helped in planning and on the day with our Splash for MASH
sponsored swim event, thank you to Roko Gillingham
for being such great hosts and thank you to to the Medway Mermaids @medwaysyncro for a great display to kick of proceedings. We have 2 weeks to gather in fundraising so watch this space to find out who won the prizes ....
23rd April 2017
Sean Hanna, one of fabulous volunteers, has completed
the #LondonMarathon2017, fulfilling a long-held dream, while raising funds for two causes close to his heart - MASH and Kent Bat Group, raising £230 to date for each of his chose charities – thank you so much Sean!
19th April 2017
A huge thank you for all Co-op Members who helped support MASH as their local Good Cause - We've been awarded an amazing £1,300.65 which will help us continue to support asthmatics and their families in Medway #coopway
18th February 2017
Thanks so much to everyone involved in our Ladies Pamper Evening last night - to who provided therapies and stall holders, guests, volunteers on the night or those who helped behind the scenes and to Gillingham Golf Club for being such fantastic hosts - next one is 14th July, same time same place!
20th January 2017 - MASH's first quiz of 2017 went off with a bang, fab atmosphere and wonderful generous support of those who attended and donated. Thank you Roko Gillingham for hosting and to our Trustee Judith Pender who made a great quiz master! Next one to be confirmed but is planned for June 2017....
NOVEMBER 2016 - MASH is eligible to receivie a potentially substantial donation from Coop Gillingham - Coop membership card holders will soon be asked if they would like to nominate a charity to recieve a share of their government carrier bag charge and also a percentage of the takings of own branded goods in the stores involved but only those in the ME7 postcode can support us. If this applies to you, please help us raise some much needed funds and nominate MASH today - thank you! We appreciate your support!
4th November 2016 - Thank you Roko Gillingham for hosting yet another wonderful MASH Quiz and to our guest quiz masters Chris and Christine Rogers and to all our volunteers and supporters who helped on the night, donated and attended ! A great evening & fab support. The auction and christmas hamper were great and over all we raised a record amount. Thank you everyone involved! Next one to be confirmed but will probably be in March or April 2017....
Yet another fantastically successful quiz night held with the kind support of Roko Health Club Gillingham on 1st July 2016 - thank you to our guest quiz masters, Chris and Christine Rogers, and to all our supporters and our wonderful hosts ! A great evening & fab support. Save the date for the next one - 4th November 2016 at 7pm.....We will be holidng an auction at this event and hope to have some fabulous treats and special christmas presents up for grabs!
Thank you anyone who has voted or helped
spread the word for our bid as charity of the Year at Sainsbury's Hempstead Valley in June 2016. Were crossing our fingers, winners are announced mid-July
Thank you for your support!
Once again, for the second year running, MASH has been shortlisted as a finalist to become Hempstead Valley Sainsbury's Charity of the year BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP! So if you can spare a moment to vote for us please click here for more info!
May has been super busy, starting with World Asthma Day, marked with an awareness event at Medway Maritiem Hosptial. We also had Hempstead Fayre where Deano put in an appearance - we extend a massive thank you to all our volunteers for their help and for all the families who had a go at our Hook a Duck and Card games....
Another fantastic Ladies Pamper Evening at Gillingham Golf Club on 26th February 2016! A great evening & fab support, possibly the best attended yet....thank you to Rosie from ASDA for helping and to all our fantastic volunteers for their help on the night and in preparation. Save the date for the next one - 28th November at 6pm.....Thank you all!