Nurseplus’ Eastbourne branch raising £500 for Leonard Cheshire

Nurseplus’ Eastbourne branch raising £500 for Leonard Cheshire

Enthusiastic ramblers from Nurseplus’ Eastbourne branch completed a 20-mile walk to Lewes recently, raising £500 for its chosen charity partner, Leonard Cheshire.

A team of five staff members from the healthcare recruitment company trekked from the office to the market town, passing landmarks such as the Long Man of Wilmington on the South Downs on the way. 

Kayleigh Neale, Branch Manager at Nurseplus Eastbourne, commented: “It felt fantastic to complete the challenge and it’s extremely fulfilling to know that we’ve raised money for such a worthy cause.

Charity Pays For Alannah's Garden Of Delight

Charity Pays For Alannah's Garden Of Delight

A Weston-super-Mare-based charity has funded the creation of a sensory garden which has given a local girl a new lease of life.

The family of six-year-old Alannah say they are extremely grateful to the Axentis Michael Charitable Trust, which provided £5,000 for the garden to be created.

Alannah, who lives with parents Andy and Lisa, and 11-year-old sister Ella in Weston Village, is registered blind and has global developmental delay, which means she cannot walk, talk, sit unaided or stand.

Dad Andy said: “All her needs, such as feeding, changing, and bathing, are met by us.”

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Sense Deputy CEO on carers crisis

Richard Kramer, the Deputy CEO of disability charity Sense, talks to UCan2 about the looming crisis facing carers who support disabled adults…

“It’s very stressful. I find myself hoping she passes away before me. No parent should feel like this.” 

These words were spoken by Mark, who cares for his disabled daughter, who has complex needs. Mark lives with the fear and worry that his daughter’s care and support needs are so complex, and that his local social services are under such pressures, that should he not be able to support his daughter, then no one would. 

Breast cancer campaign calls businesses to Wear it Pink this October

Breast cancer campaign calls businesses to Wear it Pink this October

This October, Breast Cancer Now is encouraging workplaces across the UK to dig out their pink glad rags for their flagship fundraiser, wear it pink, on Friday 20 October.

Wear it pink, the UK’s biggest pink fundraiser which takes place during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, calls on employees to ditch their everyday uniforms and workwear and pull on some pink to raise money for Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving breast cancer research. 

The fundraising event, back for its 16th year, encourages workers to wear pink on Friday 20 October and make a donation to the charity to help it achieve its aim that by 2050 nobody will die from the disease. 

Brave toddler on chemotherapy drug embarks on charity fundraiser

Brave toddler on chemotherapy drug embarks on charity fundraiser

A brave toddler from Chester is preparing for her first charity fundraiser, as she battles a life-threatening illness with a pioneering new chemotherapy drug. 

Two-year-old Felicity Dawe is making the headlines as she embarks on a popular fun run to raise funds for two fantastic charities: Alder Hey Children's Hospital and Children's Tumour Foundation.

Felicity is currently undergoing chemotherapy, and is one of the youngest children in the world to be offered the MEK inhibitor trial drug. 

Manchester man runs the London Marathon for Parkinson’s UK

Manchester man runs the London Marathon for Parkinson’s UK

Dom Keogh, 21, from Manchester raised over £2,000 for Parkinson’s UK, when he ran the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 23 April.
Dom completed the 26.2 mile challenge in 4 hours and 31 minutes, in the month that Parkinson’s UK has launched its new fundraising campaign We Won’t Wait, highlighting the urgent need for new and better treatments for everyone affected by Parkinson’s.
Dom was running for his step-dad who is living with Parkinson’s and in memory of his great uncle who had Parkinson’s..
Dom joined a 235-strong team of runners of all abilities who chose to support the charity.

Fearless sisters fly across the Clyde to raise £700 for charity

Fearless sisters fly across the Clyde to raise £700 for charity

A daring staff member from a Glasgow care home and her sister have ziplined across the River Clyde in a brave bid to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease.

Geared up in harnesses and helmets, Heather Graham, from Bupa’s Wyndford Locks Care Home, and sister Nicola, were raised 150ft in the air, to the top of Glasgow’s Finneston Crane then glided over the Scottish river.

The Graham sisters were inspired to take on the zipline to fundraise for MND Scotland that supports those living with Motor Neurone Disease - a cause particularly close to their hearts as their father has the condition.


Leading charity calls on schools to "wear dots and raise lots"

Charity is calling on schools to help support partially-sighted people

A leading charity is calling on schools across the country to "wear dots and raise lots" to help support partially-sighted people. 

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is asking schools up and down the UK to "Wear dots and raise lots" in support of its vital work. 

"Wear dots...raise lots" is an annual fundraiser, which will be taking place in May. It  is inspired by Louis Braille's system which features raised dots and revolutionised reading and writing for people with sight problems. 

The UK is currently home to more than two million people who are affected by sight loss, with one person beginning to lose their sight every 15 minutes. 

Charity embarks on campaign to increase social care funding amid "sweetheart deal" claims

hft-five-final-logo-01.jpgA national charity that works to support adults with learning disabilities has spoken out in concern over claims that Surrey County Council is involved in a "sweetheart deal" with the government. 

Hft is embarking on a campaign to get local authorities to support calls to increase central government funding for the learning disability sector by five per cent. 

Long-awaited change to planning law will benefit disabled people

 Long-awaited change to plannning law will benefit disabled people

Aspire, a national charity that provides practical help to people who have been paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury, is delighted that this week the Government has agreed to amend planning law so that local authorities will have a legal duty to plan housing for disabled people.


The amendment to the Neighbourhood Planning Bill was tabled by Heidi Allen, MP for South Cambridgeshire, who worked with Aspire, Habinteg and the Papworth Trust to come up with its wording and frame her case and also has the support of Housing and Planning Minister Gavin Barwell.


Hft adds voice to study about service provision for people with disabilities

Hft, a charity supporting adults with learning disabilities, has responded to calls for information from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on service provisions for persons with disabilities. 
Ms. Catalina Devandas-Aguilar, Special Rapporteur on the Rights Of Persons with Disabilities, launched the call as part of her study in to the global state of provisions of services for people with disabilities. The results of the report will be presented to the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council in March 2017. 

WingWalking women reach for the skies for epilepsy

WingWalking women reach for the skies for epilepsy

Team of women completed a Wingwalk on Sunday, 10 July in Upminster to raise funds for national charity Young Epilepsy.

The super six, Emily Donoghue, Rebecca Turnbull, Vicki Kennedy, Monika Skrzypczak, Jane Moss and Sarah Nicholls, took it in turns to be strapped to the wing of a biplane as it took flight at the Damyns Hall aerodrome in Essex. The #ComeFlyWithYE team have raised £4,255.00 so far, which will go towards purchasing new equipment for the classrooms of the new specialist school at Young Epilepsy’s campus. 

Mencap respond to 40% increase in disability hate crimes in past year


The Crown Prosecution Service today released figures showing the number of prosecutions for hate crimes against disabled people has risen by 41.3% in the last year. Mencap issue the below statement highlighting the need for everyone in the criminal justice system to take disability hate crime seriously and apply the full strength of the law.

Dan Scorer, Head of Policy at the learning disability charity Mencap said: “Hate crimes against disabled people have been under-reported, not been identified and not charged appropriately by police, meaning perpetrators have not been brought to justice. Prosecution rates have been as low as 1% in recent years, giving disabled people little confidence that reporting hate crime will lead to action being taken.

Hearing loss charity encourages people to be proactive about their communication needs

The UK’s largest hearing loss charity Action on Hearing Loss is urging the 9million people in England who are deaf or have hearing loss to tell their GP what support they need to help them communicate

The call to the public comes as the charity launches its new campaign, ‘On the Record’, just under three weeks before the NHS England’s mandatory Accessible Information Standard comes into full force.