Category Archives: Charity

The Gurkha Welfare Trust: Supporting Elderly Gurkhas

The Gurkha Welfare Trust

Gurkhas are the fighting men of Nepal.  For generations, they have fought with courage and loyalty alongside British soldiers. This tradition of service continues today.

2nd Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles

Pictured above: 2nd Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles

Gurkhas first encountered the British in the Gurkha War of 1814 – 1816 which ended, not just in stalemate, but with an abiding sense of mutual respect between the two sides. The Peace Treaty that ended the war enabled Gurkhas to serve in the East India Company’s army which, in turn, became part of the British Army.

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Charity Helps Businesses Manage Employee Health Conditions

Managing Health Conditions in The Workplace

Louise Aston, Wellbeing Director, of business-led charity Business in the Community

Louise Aston - Wellbeing Director BITC

Louise Aston – Wellbeing Director BITC

Over the coming years, managing chronic health conditions like diabetes, arthritis and cancer, are going to become an increasingly critical issue for employers.

The rise in state pension age means people are going to be working for longer – many of whom will develop long-term health conditions while they are still in work. Very often, physical and mental health issues go hand-in-hand. Among people with chronic musculo-skeletal disorders (MSDs), for example, up to 30 per cent also have co-morbid depression or anxiety. Living with both a physical and mental illness can make staying in – or returning to work, much more difficult to manage. It’s therefore vital that employers ensure they provide the right support for employees in order to retain their best talent and help them manage multiple health conditions including mental ill health alongside their work.

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A Look at Mother’s Day Charity and Fundraising Events

Charity Fundraising for Mother’s day

For many people, mums are the heart and soul of a family, but sometimes we forget to say thank you for all the amazing things they do. With Mother’s Day approaching, we spoke to a number of charities holding events or campaigns that celebrate mums.

Action Cancer

Action Cancer is Northern Ireland’s leading local cancer charity. It provides a variety of services such as digital breast screening, therapy services, M.O.T health checks and health promotion programmes. They don’t receive any government funding for the work they do, so all funding

Local participants preparing for the Action Cancer walk

Local participants preparing for the Action Cancer walk

comes from donations from the public.

Action Cancer’s Fundraising Events Officer, Arlene Creighton, is organising their Mother’s Day walk this year.

“The Mother’s Day walk is an annual event we hold in honour of mothers in the beautiful Hillsborough Forest park grounds. People take part in memory of lost mothers, with their children, as a celebration of beating cancer or just to enjoy a lovely walk whilst fundraising for a great cause. It’s 1.5 miles long and fairly gentle, so is suitable for everyone no matter their age and fitness level. Buggies are welcome too!

“At the end, every participant receives a goody bag provided by SuperValu  and mid-morning tea, coffee, scones and other treats, so it makes for a lovely day. For people who’ve lost someone close to them, it can be a very comforting event where you can meet other people in similar circumstances. Read more

AF Association supports Medical ID for AF Aware Week

Atrial Fibrillation a Common Heart Disorder

A volunteer carrying out the simple pulse check for AF

A volunteer carrying out the simple pulse check for AF

AF or ‘atrial fibrillation’ is the most common heart rhythm disorder, which occurs when chaotic electrical activity results in the heart pumping too fast, too slow or irregularly. It affects over one million people in the UK alone, and if left undiagnosed and untreated it can lead to serious complications including stroke, heart failure and even death.

Every 15 seconds someone suffers an AF-related stroke – AF is the single biggest risk factor for suffering a deadly or debilitating stroke. For individuals with the condition, the risk of suffering a stroke is increased by nearly 500%.

However, many of these devastating strokes can be prevented, as AF can be detected cheaply and easily with a manual pulse check. Read more

An Endometriosis sufferer’s fight to raise awareness

Endometriosis – An Uncommonly Recognised Condition

Aleks campaigning to raise awareness

Aleks campaigning to raise awareness

Aleks Wells from Newbury, Berkshire suffers from a little known disease called endometriosis.

“I have endometriosis. It’s unlikely that you know what it is; despite the estimated one in 10 women potentially suffering from it, the awareness of the disease is still very low. And yet it’s had the most profound effect on my life.”

A Long and Difficult Diagnosis

Diagnosis can take years and can involve pelvic examinations and scans.

“Women with endometriosis grow endometrium – the tissue that normally lines the uterus and is designed to bleed during the monthly cycle – outside of it. When it happens, the blood can’t escape the body in the form of a period and is trapped inside the abdominal cavity. The resulting irritation and inflammation can lead to ovarian endometrial cysts as large as 15 cm in diameter and in advanced stages, adhesions where fibrous tissue causes internal organs to stick together. All that is potentially extremely painful. All that invisible. All that potentially harmful to the effective working of the female reproductive system.

“I was diagnosed with endometriosis in June 2014, after years of painful periods. 12 years after a misdiagnosis with “potentially, maybe” Polycystic Ovaries Syndrome; the doctor “couldn’t be sure”. 10 years after a correct diagnosis which was only ‘by the way’ and whose significance I didn’t understand. Throughout that time, the doctors repeatedly dismissed my painful periods and told me to simply “get on with it”. Mine is not an isolated case. A correct diagnosis can take years and even the NHS website warns about the difficulties caused by the nature of the symptoms.” Read more

US National Pet Month this June celebrates responsible pet ownership

4 Paws for Ability: Training Assistance Dogs for Children with Health Conditions

4 Paws logoIt’s American National Pet Month all of June which aims to promote responsible pet ownership and increase awareness of the important role service animals can play in society.

Many animals are being trained to help their human owners who have disabilities or health conditions. Medical assistance or service dogs are a great example of this. They can be trained to aid a wide variety of issues and the number of organisations devoted to training and donating them is on the rise globally.

Organisation Aims

4 Paws for Ability is a non-profit organisation who train and place assistance dogs with children who have a range of health conditions and disabilities. They train dogs for children with autism, diabetes, food allergies, mobility issues, FASD, hearing and guide dogs plus multipurpose dogs for those who suffer from multiple issues. They have recently introduced a Veteran Assistance dogs section to their business too.

When Karen, founder of 4 Paws for Ability, was turned down numerous times by assistance dog agencies for being ‘too disabled’, she vowed to start her own service that didn’t judge applicants on the severity of their disability or their age. She saw a gap in the market for assistance dogs for children that were granted public access, that were trained to help specific health conditions and that could be given to any child, regardless of age. Read more

Raising Awareness to Help Lifeboat Charity Save Lives

Raising Awareness to Help Solent Rescue Save Lives

We’ve recently joined forces with independent lifeboat charity Solent Rescue, helping to raise their profile with awareness wristbands.

Solent rescue serviceBranded with ‘Solent Rescue’ and designed in their signature blue colour – the charity will use these at fundraising events around the Solent area.

Cameron Critchfield has been working with the rescue team for 12 years. Speaking about the running of the charity, he says:

“We stay within Solent locations so we can focus on doing a good job for the community. We’ve hit the streets shaking cans and organise lots of fundraising events.

Locals have been very kind in supporting us. The Langley Tavern pub in Blackfield even put on  a two day festival which raised over £4000.” Read more