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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

A Charity Event Comes out Kicking for Epilepsy Action

Don’t Let Epilepsy Hold You Back

Andrew and his family at an Epilepsy Action stand

Andrew and his family at an Epilepsy Action stand

Andrew Jackson’s story is inspiring – not the 19th century US president, but a courageous epilepsy sufferer from Lincolnshire. Despite his condition, Andrew is a black belt in taekwondo, a fundraiser for Epilepsy Action and a proud father.

If you’re living with epilepsy or supporting someone who is, read on to find out how he does it.

Watching Out For The Warning Signs

Andrew, 39, developed epilepsy aged 2 years old after contracting measles. Over the years he’s learnt how to manage his condition, but it hasn’t been an easy journey. His seizures range from absences to multiple fits in a row without regaining consciousness – a condition known as status epilepticus.

“I’m one of six children and one of my brothers also has epilepsy. Another brother had childhood epilepsy but he stopped having seizures when he was about ten years old, so I think my family has a genetic predisposition to the condition.

“I take a variety of medications on a daily basis to deal with my epilepsy. I set an alarm to remind me, but I generally remember and have been self-medicating for years. My medication can have side effects such as making my hands shake, and one can make you very tired if it’s not taken at the same time each day.

As well as taking medication, recognising things that can bring on a seizure is important. Andrew knows that stress and extreme tiredness are triggers for him. Read more

Chairman of Breathe Easy support group battles with COPD

Working with the British Lung Foundation to support COPD sufferers

Eric Compton

Eric Compton

Every year Public Health England runs Stoptober, an initiative that challenges smokers to quit for 28 days of the month. People who make it are then five times more likely to quit for good.

We all know that smoking has very harmful effects, causing numerous types of cancer and damaging the heart, brain, arteries, skin and lungs. But some people understand the effects of smoking more than most.

One such person is Eric Compton, who has Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD. Since being diagnosed, Eric has started and is now chairman of a Breathe Easy support group in his local area of Portsmouth. He also does a lot of work with the British Lung Foundation (BLF) to raise awareness of COPD, how to manage it and the negative health affects smoking has on the lungs. 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

Louise Running the Race for Life in honour of her sister

Rare Form of Cancer a Deadly Killer

Cancer is one of the top five killers in Britain, with Cancer Research results showing it killed 254 people for every 100,000 in 2012. Louise Ann Dennard knows only too well how suddenly cancer can strike, having lost her younger sister to Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumors (MPNST), a rare form of the disease, in 2011.

Louise and Nattalie

Louise and Nattalie

This type of tumour usually affects children and young adults and current treatment for it includes surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Although treatment can help increase the chances of survival, it can also be very hard on the body.

A Shocking Diagnosis

On the 1st March 2011, Nattalie’s lung collapsed and she was rushed to hospital in a critical condition with only a 50% chance of survival.

Louise spoke to us about that difficult time.

“Like the little fighter that she was, she managed to pull through, although post operation she was very weak for a long time. The doctors had discovered a tumour the size of a rugby ball crushing her chest and diagnosed malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumours (MPNST).

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