Fund raising in Ramsgate

Despite losing one of her sons, Captain Robert Montefiore, earlier in the year in August 1915 Mrs Sebag-Montefiore held the annual sale in her garden on the Eastcliff at Ramsgate. Money was raised for the Thanet Women’s Aid Association in support of poor people and young girls who found themselves destitute through no fault of their own. In the sixteen years of its existence it had never been more needed than when the men were away fighting at the Front.Others raised funds for Christmas gifts, books and newspapers to send to the troops. Many organizations distributed food, clothing and gifts to the families of soldiers and sailors, as well as to women displaced from their homes by wartime service.

The townsfolk collected funds continuously for all sorts of things such as periscopes for soldiers to use in France, and a fund for injured war horses. Money was subscribed for the parish soup kitchen, the VAD Hospital, and many other good causes. Apart from donating items people also paid into the Mayor’s Shilling Fund and attended pound sales of grocery items such as raisins, cocoa and macaroni.

Annual Flag Days were held for Alexandra Rose Day (see photo taken in Margate in 1913), The British Red Cross, Serbian Flag Day, the French Relief Fund, Prisoners of War, Sailors’ Day and the Belgian Refugee Fund.

In March 1918 £27’000 was raised locally in Aeroplane Week – £5’000 of this came from Dame Janet Stancomb-Wills but it was still a staggering amount considering all the shortages people were suffering.

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