Gemma Edwards had been feeling ill for almost a year with slurred speech and extreme tiredness before she was finally diagnosed with motor neurone disease.
Blog Category: Charity
It’s hard to believe that in 21st Century Britain there are families so strapped for cash that they can’t even afford to put food on the table. Or that they have to rely on the generosity of others just to keep going.
Latest figures show one in two of us will get cancer at some time in our lives and we have all felt its effects over the years.
Gladstone Brookes has rounded off its year of giving with the now traditional contribution to the Christmas Toy Appeal for underprivileged children in the North West.
Our penultimate charity of the month for 2019 is the mental health charity MIND, nominated by Nikki Glover who is currently on maternity leave, but told us before she went that she has known people suffering from mental health issues and wanted to support the charity that helped them.
Accepting our cheque for £400, Kayleigh Hancox said: “I manage our charity shop in Stockton Heath because we need every penny we can get to help provide the advice and support for anyone experiencing a mental health problem.
I can’t thank Gladstone Brookes enough for such a generous gift and can assure you it will be put to good use.”
One in three
One in three people will suffer a mental health problem in their lifetime. It could be something as simple as temporary stress brought on by working conditions nor a difficult home life, through to depression and ultimately the desire to commit suicide and the mind set to carry it out.
Said Kayleigh: “MIND wants to ensure the people who need support in understanding their condition get it and then receive the help they need to educate them about the resources available and help them move forward.
Donations such as this from Gladstone Brookes help us to raise awareness of mental health in society.”
A year of giving
The £400 donation to MIND almost brings to an end a year of giving for the company with another group of charities all benefiting from donations raised by dress down money contributed by members of staff who also nominate which charities will get a payout.
Other donations this year were:
- Our final charity for 2019 will be the now traditional trolley dash around Smyths Toy Superstore to buy £1,000 worth of toys for underprivileged children at Christmas.
When Rachel Edwards left the Victoria House Care Home for a new job she just couldn’t completely cut the ties with them. She decided she would continue to volunteer and roped in husband Stefan to help out.
Our charity of the month for June was the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, nominated by Jordan Murphy who handed over our £444 donation to a local boxer who was born with the disease.
Renewing our patronage of the Warrington Wolves Foundation for the eighth year in a row, Gladstone Brookes is pleased to continue our special relationship which has proved so successful over the years.
Jen Marchant is the first person to nominate a charity for our new style Give All Charity Of The Month, which she shared with partner Kyle Innes who used to work in the call centre before moving to his new job with Franklaw WTW.