Echo article published 25th October 1985.
A women’s charity social club on Canvey gave £1,400 to a group which has done the impossible.
the Distaff Club presented the money to the Thompson Physiotherapy Unit committee. The unit, being built at Little Gypps on the island was started by a small group of multiple sclerosis sufferers who showed as much determination in getting the project off the ground as they do in fighting their own illness. Mrs Tricia Luker, secretary for the distaff Club, which meets every Monday night at the War Memorial Hall in the High Street, paid tribute to the Thompson team She said;” This small group of sufferers just wanted somewhere on the island as a physiotherapy unit for MS victims, as well as anyone else needing therapy. They decided they would fight all the way for this. The critics said it was impossible, they would never raise the money, there were too many obstacles and all kinds of other things. But they proved the critics wrong. After years of struggling, they have at last got the building up and the roof on. But now they have run out of money and need the inside of the building completed. Every year, our group of 50 ladies on the island work to raise funds for a charity, We try to keep it local and we couldn’t think of a better one than this”.