20th January 2020
In 2019 we chose to support Group B Strep Support as our charity of the year and had some exciting challenges lined up to try and make this our best year yet!
We chose to support Group B strep support after our Homecare Manager Monika gave birth to her baby boy who contracted Strep B in 2018. After going through this and seeing how it affected Monika and her family it was important that we supported her and the Charity in a hope to help raise awareness to new mothers and prevent any more new-borns contracting Strep B.
We started with an amateur Charity boxing match, where our Surrey Recruiter Emma McCrory put on her gloves, trained intensely for 10 weeks and then got in the ring in front of hundreds of people to secure a draw and raise hundreds of pounds.
Then we had the owner of Platinum Care Solutions Joanne Barry take on a paddle board challenge in the solent for 8 miles on what was luckily a mild and sunny day. It wasn’t an easy challenge and Jo raised a lovely £150 for this event.
We held various Cake Sales, Raffles and Galas throughout the year where we attended local events and held open days which the whole team got involved with. It was great to share the awareness of the charity and we got to hear about other people’s stories of how their babies had been affected by Strep B which continued to help drive our efforts throughout the year.
Then our biggest ever charity challenge in the business was held in November where our Business Operations Manager Natalie Dobson and her friend Stacey Kircher travelled to Peru for a 4 day trek through the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, which consisted of what felt like a constant uphill battle with 10 hours of climbing each day and including reaching the highest point of 4,200ft whilst tackling altitude sickness. Each day was a 5am start and back at camp and asleep for 830pm through the thunder and lightning storms in the evenings.
We finally finished with our Bognor Regis charity raffle which has proven to be successful each year and this year continued to be the same.
We are really pleased to have supported Group B Strep Support and their efforts in raising awareness and funds for this amazing cause, and we are proud to announce that our total fundraising for Group B Strep Support this year totalled at £2485.50.
Thank you to everyone that were involved with arranging our events and contributing throughout the year, we couldn’t have reached this wonderful amount without you.
For any information regarding Group Strep B please visit the website where there is so much information and support https://gbss.org.uk/
As a little update , Monikas little boy is a now a fit, well and active two year old , that fortunately has no recollection of the fight he took on at such a young age x