The History of Indigenous Malaria in Cumbia

The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 6th November was Professor Ian Hodkinson who gave a presentation entitled ‘The Ague;  The History of Indigenous Malaria in Cumbia’.

The Ague is better known as Swamp Fever or its more common name, Malaria, which is spread by a species of the mosquito. It had almost disappeared in this country but has started to show signs of return although not in Cumbria as of yet.  This is caused by a number of factors, namely re-wetting of wetlands, climate warming, drug resistance, no current vaccine and more intensive farming of cattle, all of which contribute to this return.

Hannah Hodgson

The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 30th October was Hannah Hodgson, a young person who has numerous crippling disabilities but still retains a very positive outlook on life.

Only diagnosed a few years ago she now has some chronic conditions including a neurological disease similar to MS and cannot eat or drink normally.  She is amazingly inspirational and is now an acclaimed local poet who has won some very prestigious awards and writes and speaks about her experiences. 

She is currently aiming to purchase an Apple computer which has the necessary software to help her continue with her poetry and video editing.

Hannah's Email address:
Twitter: @HannahHodgson20

Voluntary Aid Detachments (VADs) in Cumbria

The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 16th October was Richard Preston who gave a presentation about the Great War and Voluntary Aid Detachments (VADs) in Cumbria.

VADs were set up in 1908 and were dotted around Cumbria (Kendal, Windermere, Penrith and Carlisle as well as many more). There was a VAD hospital in Stramongate and of course at Westmorland General Hospital which had over 150 beds. In 1917, 2035 were treated in Cumberland and Westmorland alone and they continued until just after the war.