Charity of the Year: 2021
Who we are: Re-engage is committed to older people being heard, valued and engaged.
Social isolation and loneliness are more than an emotional experience, they have huge mental and physical health implications. Older people living alone are significantly more likely to experience health problems, visit their GP or attend A&E.
As the ageing population continues to grow, so does the epidemic of loneliness among older people. We’re the only charity solely committed to tackling this problem by helping older people to re-engage with their communities through regular social contact, giving them a lifeline of friendship and, vitally, something to look forward to.
Kidney disease can be a family affair.
In 2020 we supported Kidney Research UK after an ex employee Dean Wicks put forward this fabulous Charity.
Dean Wicks and his five brothers had lived with some knowledge of kidney disease all their lives as their father Leslie lived with the condition. Fortunately, he had a kidney transplant which had lasted an incredible 30 years, enabling him to lead a relatively active ‘normal’ life. After he passed away due to cancer around 10 years ago, the brothers thought no more about kidney disease. This all changed when Dean’s younger brother Kyle became ill. “He was very run down, very tired and generally feeling unwell,” says Dean. “He went to the doctors and had a blood test because they couldn’t really work out what it was. He then got a phone call within the hour telling him he needed to get down to the hospital right away. They were flabbergasted that he was still walking around when his blood work was showing he was really very poorly.”
Due to Dean’s experience with Kidney Research he spent 2020 focused on raising as much money as possible but due to Covid things did retrict the amount of fundraising we could do.
Dean still managed to raise a huge amount and still is raising money for this charity.
Every year at AJW Distribution, we choose a main charity on which to focus our fundraising efforts. This year, we have chosen to support Phoenix Ward, located at E122 in the east wing of Broomfield Hospital; a charity very close to our hearts thanks to their amazing care for our young friend, Harrison, who is a regular visitor there.
Harrison is a happy 8 year old little boy who is on the Autism spectrum, has a diagnoses of ADHD and lives with a life threatening condition, of a rare form of Epilepsy.
Over the past 6 years, Harrison has fell unwell on a number of occasions due to his Epilepsy, and has been admitted to Broomfield Hospital Phoenix ward for children. Harrison’s care on Phoenix ward is outstanding and all the staff do their absolute best in looking after Harrison each and every time. When Harrison visits Phoenix ward for check ups or has to be admitted, all the Doctors, nurses and staff uphold a brilliant relationship with him and make him feel as comfortable as possible. When Harrison visits the hospital, it is an extremely tough experience, Harrison will be often wired to machines and will have to visit other faculties to help his health such as the EEG department. All these visits can be traumatic for both Harrison and the family, but all departments do their very best in making the journey easier.
It is very important to us to expand people’s knowledge of how challenging it can be for families and children to be admitted to hospital and with your donations this could truly help the department and all families and children involved.
Every year at AJW Distribution, we chose a main charity on which to focus our fundraising efforts. This year, we have chosen to support Headway Cambridgeshire; a charity for people with a brain injury and those who care about them.
Brain injury can be a life changing experience and people often need support after they have been discharged from the hospital or a rehabilitation centre.
Headway Cambridgeshire is the only local organisation that provides and on-going service which is designed to enable brain injured people along with their families and carers, to move on with the next stage of their lives.
Each day approximately 11 people in Cambridgeshire are admitted to hospital with a brain injury. For many of these people this is a life-changing event that requires dramatic readjustments. Anyone could suffer a brain injury at any time and the effects of that brain injury can be wide ranging, which means that each individual with a brain injury will have very different and complex needs. The problems that people with a brain injury, and their families, face every day affect every aspect of their lives, including their finances, employability, housing and relationships. Without support many would become isolated, distant from the communities they live in and face declining physical and mental well-being.
Headway Cambridgeshire was formed in 1989 by Sarah Durrant and her husband Peter, after Peter sustained a brain injury as the result of a car accident. When Sarah found that there were no local services to meet Peter’s needs, she founded the charity, thus providing local support for all people in the county with a brain injury.
We now work across the whole of Cambridgeshire providing a wide range of services aimed at supporting people who have experienced a brain injury. We are there to support them in hospital, provide post-discharge help, and then, in the longer-term, provide ongoing support in our hubs and in the community. Our services are designed to aid recovery and rehabilitation so that individuals with a brain injury can maintain their independence and achieve their full potential. We are also there to provide information, guidance and emotional support to family members who feel the physical and mental strain of acting as a carer for a loved one.
Each year at Headway Cambridgeshire we support approximately 700 individuals to help them adapt to, and live with, the physical, cognitive and emotional effects of a brain injury. We support individuals over the age of 16 with a variety of different types of brain injury, whether that is from a major trauma, such as a car accident or sporting injury, or from an acquired condition, such as a stroke, brain tumour or infection.
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