On Friday 4th March 2016 the Helping Hand Annual Charity Dinner took place at Park Hall Hotel, Charnock Richard. The theme of the evening was Super Heroes as we believe that anyone that raises money or has benefited from the help of a Charity is a true Hero!!
The night kicks off with a drinks reception before the proceedings really get going. We have games to play and an amazing raffle with items ranging from a travel clock to TV, coffee machine to GHD’s and all we ask is for a small donation from all attending!! The main fundraisers of the evening are the numerous auctions with most items being kindly donated by our suppliers. This year we had items such as tickets for Jess Glynne, Dirty Dancing live at Manchester, a photograph sitting, airkix indoor skydive experience and tickets to the Italian Superbike with flights!!
To finish the event we had a live band ‘Madison’ who soon got everyone up dancing.
21 suppliers to Leyland Trucks and PACCAR parts attended the event as well as some special guests ‘The Crockatt Family’ who we as a Charity are currently fundraising for in the form of Sponsorship for several people to attempt the Velocity Zip Wire in Wales (blog to follow)
The Crockatt Family
Sofia Crockatt contracted Meningococcal Septicaemia aged 2 and a half years old which resulted in her left leg being amputated below the knee. Since then, the family (mum Karen, dad Nick and brother Dom) have supported the work of the charity, becoming Meningitis Research Foundation Charity Ambassadors for the North West, raising awareness of the disease and fundraising. Sofia is now a keen sportsperson and enjoys hand-cycling, horse-riding and running. As well as fundraising, Sofia also gives awareness talks in her local community and in 2012 was made our very first Junior Ambassador to reward her for her hard work. Her hand-cycle and blade leg are adorned in the charity purple.
Meningitis Research Foundation
“Our vision is a world free from meningitis and septicaemia”
Meningitis and septicaemia kill around 1,000 people around the world every day. Globally, up to 5% of all deaths of children aged under five are caused by meningitis and septicaemia, while a third of survivors have long term disabilities, like amputation, brain damage and deafness. We have invested over £17m in vital research and health interventions which aid diagnosis. We spend around £1m a year in the UK supporting those affected and providing free information to the public and health care professionals.
On 29th August, Marcin Blazuki and his girlfriend, Malwina, braved the elements and took part in the Great Scottish Swim.
Photo courtesy of Great Scottish Swim
They swam 1 mile at Loch Lomond to raise money for Helping Hand & Cancer Help Preston.
"Cancer Help Preston aims to support cancer patients, their families and carers through the impact of cancer diagnosis, the effects of the disease and the side effects of its treatment. To do so the charity offers a wide range of free services from simple advice to nurse led treatments and complimentary therapies."
Well done to Marcin and Malwina. Sponsorship money is currently being collected, and an update will be given shortly.
In May 2015, a group of Leyland Trucks employees, with their family and friends, climbed Snowdon to raise money for Rosemere Cancer Foundation and to contribute towards a new specialist bed for an 11 year old boy called Toby Pearce.
Rosemere Cancer Foundation "raise funds for additional equipment and facilities for cancer patients being treated at the specialist Cancer Centre at Royal Preston Hospital and in the local Cancer Units throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria. We also look to invest wherever possible in local cancer research, often in collaboration with the University of Central Lancashire or Lancaster University, to ensure that patients in this part of the North West get the best treatment possible, not just today but in the future."
Toby Pearce is a relative of one of the employees at Leyland Trucks. He has Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, epilepsy, global development delay and sleep apnoea. He can stop breathing up to 10 times an hour during the night. Due to this, when Toby is sleeping he requires a lot of specialist equipment. He has been raising funds for a new bed, which will allow easier access to him during the night, and also for a new wheelchair.
The Snowdon team managed to raise an amazing £2,000 in sponsorship for their climb. Today, they presented Rosemere and Toby with their cheques. It was a fantastic effort by all the team and helped two extremely worthy causes.
Well done everyone!!!