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Carol's Walk for Parkinsons UK

April 2019

In 2007 our Accounts Manager, Carol, was diagnosed with the progressive neurological condition, Parkinson’s disease.  Since then she has had to contend with and has overcome many hardships in her life including reduced mobility which prevents her from taking part in all the sporting activities she enjoyed prior to her diagnosis.  When Carol signed up for the 2.5 mile Walk for Parkinsons at Welford Park, Newbury we were all really proud of her as we know that for her this length of walk is a real challenge and is the equivalent of us undertaking a marathon!  It took incredible effort and determination by Carol to do this.

Sadly, there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s and fundraising activities such as these are vital for funding the research needed to find a cure.  With our match funding Carol raised £3,520 for Parkinsons UK.

Well done Carol from all of us! 

 

Petra's Marathon Run for Fields in Trust

April 2019

Our Finance Director, Petra, loves a challenge and when the opportunity to run the London Marathon to raise money for Fields in Trust as part of their “Team FIT” came up she grasped it with both hands and embarked on a grueling training regime.

Fields in Trust is an independent charity that champions and supports parks and green spaces by protecting them for people to enjoy in perpetuity.  Once green spaces are lost, they are lost forever and, to date, the charity has protected over 2,700 spaces. The charity’s aim is that by 2022, 85% of the UK population will be living within a 10 minute walk of a protected park or green space which would be wonderful!

Fields in Trust rely on donations and fundraising through events such as the London Marathon and we were delighted to be able to match fund the sponsorship Petra raised, giving her a grand total of £4,250.  Well done Petra we're so proud of you!

 

Team Rubicon UK

April 2019

https://www.teamrubiconuk.org/

A big thank you came from Team Rubicon’s skilled team of volunteers who have been on the ground in Mozambique since Cyclone Idai hit in early March.  The team have been working tirelessly to co-ordinate and deliver aid to the hardest to reach areas and in some cases have even had to carry upwards of 20kg each whilst moving on foot across vast landscapes to reach those who are stranded.  Their efforts have been acknowledged as being “vital to the success of the current response” and we are so pleased to have been able to support them at this time.

Diverse Abilities

April 2019

https://diverseabilities.org.uk/

Our grant towards the new Beehive Day Centre at Poole has helped transform the support the charity is able to provide to people who have profound physical and learning disabilities.  They are now able to offer physiotherapy in peaceful therapy rooms and comfortable nursing care, amongst many other vital therapy and social experiences.  Caroline Kendall and Vicky Foot of EGF are pictured attending the recent opening.

Brendoncare

April 2019

http://www.brendoncare.org.uk

Brendoncare is a charity dedicated to improving the quality of life for older people through their care homes, close care facilities and social clubs across the south of England.  We have supported their pioneering new model of care “Share Care” for older people who are affected by dementia at the Otterbourne Hill site.

Family Fund

April 2019

www.familyfund.org.uk

Family Fund provides grants and services to families on low incomes who are raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people.  They provide grants for a wide range of items such as washing machines, sensory toys, family breaks, bedding, tablets, furniture, outdoor play equipment, clothing and computers.  All support aims to help break down the barriers families face and improve quality of life.

Independence at Home

April 2019

www.independenceathome.org.uk

Independence at Home provide grants to people of all ages who have a physical or learning disability or long-term illness and who are in financial need. This financial help enables them to obtain mobility and disability equipment, home adaptations and other essential items to make an immediate, practical and positive effect on daily life at home.

Phab

April 2019

www.phab.org.uk

Phab offers very special, inclusive living experience Residential Projects to children and young people aged from 8 to 25 to allow them to take part in a whole range of challenging and exciting activities at fully accessible outdoor activity centres at Bendrigg Lodge in the Lake District or Avon Tyrrell in the New Forest.

Around 115 children and young people each year spend a weekend or week away with Phab, fully supported by around 95 Phab volunteers and carers and the Centres’ own experienced staff. Phab volunteers receive tailored training to enable them to support the children and, where needed, a special carer can accompany a child.

Whizz-Kidz

April 2019

http://www.whizz-kidz.org.uk/

Whizz-Kidz is a registered charity that has the expertise to assess and provide specialist mobility equipment and training to children with disabilities who are under the age of 18.  The Edward Gostling Foundation has been in a successful match funding partnership with them for the past 13 years and we refer applicants under 18 who require such equipment to them.  Between April and September of this year our combined funding and their knowledge has enabled 106 disabled children to receive the mobility equipment they require.