Cycling around the world for great causes
Throughout 2016 we have been completing our ‘Round the world’ cycling event raising money for our chosen children’s charities, and having some fun and exercise while we’re at it!
Every one of our offices across the South East took part to clock up an amazing 38,034km, and raising £89,815 for charity. We’re proud to say that we achieved our round the world challenge and this takes our staff charity fundraising total to £362,815 and counting over the last four years.
A huge thank you to all those that donated and supported us on this challenge.
Action Medical Research
At Action we save and change children’s lives through medical research.
We believe that the diseases that devastate the lives of so many of our children can be beaten. We have been funding medical breakthroughs since we began in 1952 like the first polio vaccines in the UK, ultrasound in pregnancy and the rubella vaccine – helping to save thousands of children’s lives and change many more.
Surprisingly medical research to help children is poorly funded in the UK. Action Medical Research has a critical job to do in helping fill this gap to protect children. The prospects for finding new cures and treatments are almost within our grasp. We have vital research ready to go – we simply can’t fund it all.
Research we are funding includes: Asthma, Autism, Blindness, Brain Cancer, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Epilepsy, Meningitis, Premature birth, and other rare diseases.
Strongbones Children’s Charitable Trust is a national registered charity set up to help alleviate the pain, suffering and financial burden of families who have children suffering from brittle bone disease, bone cancer, scoliosis, arthritis, and all other conditions of the bone.
The charity has now been registered for 15 years, which gives us years of experience in our field. This experience has allowed us to assist children and their families with guidance on how to make their conditions more manageable and enhance their quality of life to an optimum level.
Our aims are to take children out of social isolation and give them the ability to participate in everyday life. We also relieve the families financial burden whilst they come to the realisation that their child has a long-term incurable disability that will have a life changing impact on the whole family.
A majority of the children we encounter come from the most poverty stricken sections of society coupled with the fact that many of these parents have had to give up employment to provide round the clock care for the life altering conditions of their children.
We are sure you appreciate it takes much strength and resilience to care for a disabled child, and we often feel society overlooks this as a whole, leaving carers and their children feeling severed from the outside world.
ellenor is recognised as the local ‘expert in caring for children with palliative care needs and for those who are dying’. Our focus is to enable them to be cared for and die in their own homes with care supported and coordinated by our specialist teams.
ellenor provides symptom management through our specialist palliative care, multidisciplinary teams of Doctors, Nurses and other professionals. We provide information, delivered skilfully in a clear manner to assist individuals in making decisions and offers advocacy support to help to make choices a reality.
ellenor provides social, emotional and spiritual support and advice for patients, children, families and carers. Counselling and bereavement care is available both for individuals, family members and carers.
ellenor is a major provider of children’s hospice care and respite care for babies, children and young adults with palliative and life-threatening care needs. In addition we provide a specialist nursing service to children undergoing cancer treatment. Through a comprehensive and well developed transition service, ellenor supports young people to move into the adult services.
We seek to influence End of Life and Palliative Care policy and collaborate with the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and others to provide public information to raise awareness of end of life issues, choices and the care and support available. ellenor offers training and support to health and social care professionals in the theory and practice of palliative care.
For further details please visit www.ellenor.org/
Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer. They provide practical, medical, emotional and financial support and push for better cancer care.
We are proud to support the wonderful work of the Macmillan nurses and take part in their Annual Coffee Mornings in order to raise much needed funds for cancer relief.
In addition we have made a number of donations and continue to sponsor other charities and individual cases all based around children with disability, both physical and mental, as part of our work in the community programme.