Icebreakers 2016 Good Causes

Every year the Icebreakers Committee decide on the local good causes they are going to raise money for.

Since 1981 the group have raised money for a number of good causes; in 2013 we raised money for the ATC Squadran and The Allstars Football Team and in 2011 we chose The Pilgrims Hospice raising more than £3000 for such a worthy cause.

This years good Causes we are raising money for are the fundraising appeal in aid of Freddie Penny who needs to raise money for stem cell therapy and The Tuesday Drop-In which is there for people with learning dissabilities.

We are also planning to help other good causes throughout the year and the Salvation Army Food Bank with toiletries and we ask that you "bring a tin" of in date food or toiletries, so don't come to the dip empty handed and let us try and make someone's Christmas and New Year.

Freddie Penny has a rare condition (SOD) Septo Optic Dysplasia meaning he has a pituitary gland dysfunction and underdeveloped optic nerves causing him to be blind since birth with possible growth problems.

Freddies mumn Robyn Gough received the amazing news that Freddie has been accepted for stem cell treatment at a specialist hospital in Bangkok, Thailand. After reviewing Freddie's test results the doctor is confident Freddie will respond well to the treatment and gain a level of vision.

Robyn has started fund raising to give her son the one chance in life to be able to see and has set a target of raising £25,000 by July 2017.

You can help Freddie by taking part in the dip and you can visit the Facebook page Fund for Freddie where Robyn will update Freddie's journey and keep you informed of any fund raising and you can make contact directly to show your support.

Freddie has a just giving page, please visit

The Tuesday Drop-In was formed in April 2016 by Kent Community Warden Martin Dadd.

The club allows people over the age of 18 year with Learning Disabilities and Mental Health issues to pop along once a week on a Tuesday evening to meet other people in similar situations, make new friends, get advice when needed and have an enjoyable evening.

The Drop-In takes place every Tuesday evening at The Betteshanger Sport's & Social Club in Cavell Square, Mill Hill, Deal between 7pm and 9pm. The Drop-In is all about giving Quality of Life to those who need it.

If you know someone who would benefit from going to the Tuesday Drop-In or you want to offer help or items for activities such as board games, jigsaws etc. you can get in touch by e-mailing Martin at