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Free Pimm’s, but housebuilder hopes you will support this hospice

It's one of the tastes of summer, so get along and show your support for a good cause

If you are a fan of the Pimm’s drink and are suffering the post-Wimbledon blues, you might find some ‘respite’ tomorrow (July 22) in Tunbridge Wells.

Housebuilder Dandara will be serving Pimm’s outside its 1887 The Pantiles sales and marketing office on Linden Park Road in aid of Hospice in the Weald. The Pimm’s will be served free of charge. Instead the public will be encouraged to donate to the charity.

Hospice in the Weald provides care to patients with terminal illness throughout West Kent and East Sussex. It provides 24/7 palliative care for patients, supporting their physical, medical and emotional needs and well as support and advice for those closest to them.

“We are proud to be fundraising for The Hospice in the Weald. We’d like to encourage the local community to come down, get some free Pimm’s and donate what they can to help the charity continue its fantastic work.”

Louise Norman, Dandara associate sales and marketing director

Lou Wardle, head of fundraising at Hospice in the Weald, says: “Fundraising is essential to the work of the hospice and never more so than in the past year with many of our fundraising events cancelled or postponed. We are extremely grateful to Dandara for taking the time to organise this wonderful event. Money raised will help fund the continuing provision of end of life care at our hospice in Pembury and Cottage Hospice in Five Ashes, East Sussex, and thank everyone for giving generously to support us!”

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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past local weekly publications he has worked for include: the South-East London Mercury* covering the Borough of Greenwich as a junior reporter; Orpington-based News Shopper as a sub-editor; and the Kent Messenger when based in Larkfield, Maidstone, as deputy chief sub-editor. He has also worked for the following dailies/nationals: Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor on a car fleet magazine. His first foray into property ownership saw him move from London to Rainham (the Gillingham, Kent, variety). He has subsequently lived in Chislehurst, Petts Wood and Orpington in the Borough of Bromley (which he still regards as being in Kent). In more recent years he owned three different properties on the Kings Hill (West Malling) development.

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