As a company we decided that this New Year, we wanted to give back and help to support a handful of charities. We really enjoyed collecting for the Black Country Foodbank over Christmas and felt we could do more to help other charities too. Each member of our team suggested a charity of their choice and put together a presentation of why we should support that charity; we then had a vote and the two most popular charities are who we will be supporting throughout 2020.
Our two nominated charities are:
A Gift to Lift:
A Gift to Lift is a charity which was set up by Alex Hopwood in 2014. Alex was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia in September 2013 aged 22; her selfless nature soon shone through when she created a gift to lift which supports others battling with blood cancer. Alex started creating and selling handmade gifts, that were designed to provide a little lift to anyone in need of one, and all money raised goes towards helping and supporting blood cancer patients. After receiving Chemotherapy, radiotherapy and two bone marrow transplants, Alex lost her battle with cancer on 15th December 2014. Alex wanted to make sure A Gift to Lift continued to raise money to support blood cancer patients so she assigned close friends and family to take on the roles as trustees of the charity, continuing her incredible legacy. Alex’s Mom, Jackie, has continued to donate and offer patients ‘lifts’ which have included iPads, vouchers and spa breaks. Jackie kindly gifted our Beth a weekend away to Cardiff which she really loved and needed. Obviously this charity was already close to our hearts after sadly losing Beth to Leukaemia in 2018.
We are going to do everything we can to help achieve their goal of buying a Holiday Home in Norfolk for patients and loved ones to spend quality time together.
Megan, aged 16, was diagnosed with Friedreich’s ataxia (FA) 3 years ago. Every day she is getting worse. There is NO cure. FA is a very rare inherited disease that causes nervous-system damage, impaired muscle coordination with the first symptom usually being difficulty walking. Slowness and slurring of speech starts and progressively gets worse. Many people in later stages of FA also develop hearing and vision loss as well as heart issues, and in later stages of the condition individuals may become completely incapacitated.
Meg’s is far more aggressive than most, meaning that in this short space of time she has become dependant upon a fully automated wheelchair and needs fully aided living. This should have taken 25 years – it took 2.
This year they are aiming to raise £15,000 to help fund a complimentary research trial around nicotinamide. 5 years ago, Dr Paola Giunti headed up an ambitious clinical trial testing the effect of a form of vitamin B3 called nicotinamide in FA and the results were very positive – so much so that they are now at the stage of clinical trials to help determine if nicotinamide could be a potential treatment for FA.
We can’t wait to work alongside Meg and her family to raise as much money as possible for the research she needs.
In addition to helping fundraise for these charities we will be:
- Completing the Colour Run for Compton Care
- Collecting coats for Coats for Kids for the Sycamore Adventure
- Collecting Food and Advent for The Black Country Foodbank over the Christmas Period.
We will keep you updated with all our ideas and events that will be taking place, in the meantime, if you have any ideas for fundraising, please contact Georgina.firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your continuous support – Love Klick 😊