Improving people’s lives is important to us and each year Platinum Care Solutions supports a charity that does just that
Vasculitis UK are our chosen charity for 2018
This year we put the choice of our nominated charity onto our Facebook page and let the team and the public decide.
We are pleased to announce the winner of our charity poll was Vasculitis UK!
This is a charity who has personally supported a member of the team who lives with Vasculitis. We’re hoping to help with the efforts in finding treatment and maybe one day a Cure.
Joanne Barry and Natalie Dobson we will be kicking off with the challenge of climbing Snowden in March, and then other events will continue throughout the year.
Here’s a blog that Kelly has written to explain what it’s like to live with Vasculitis.
Back in the winter of 2012, I was in and out of the hospital with chest infections, pneumonia and acute asthma symptoms. After being admitted for the 4 time via resus the consultants realised they were dealing with something more sinister.
I can’t remember much of the first 3 days of that visit only that I was placed on oxygen and had loads of different tests I was placed by the nurses’ station and was later told that I had them worried for a while.
After 3 weeks, I was discharged on many different tablets and inhalers to await an appointment with the professor for results. C.O.P.D, Emphysema and Vasculitis were mentioned and I was hoping and praying that it would be C.O.P.D or Emphysema.
In January 2003 I met with the professor who confirmed that I had Churg-Strauss syndrome now known as (Eosinophilic Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis). CSS is a rare autoimmune condition that causes inflammation of small and medium-sized blood vessels.
This illness has stolen the healthy life I had but I won’t let it beat me. I was healthy up until that winter, I did classes at the gym at least 3 times a week played squash and badminton and swam twice a week, I enjoyed nights out socialising and was often the life and soul of the party, now I need to build up enough energy to get to my car, gym classes are a no go and I can no longer fully do the job I love because I just don’t have the energy or breath to do it.
Platinum has been 100% supportive of my illness and accommodated me accordingly. I suffer pain daily; have about 4 hours sleep a night if I’m lucky and that’s not all at once, I struggle to breathe and I rely on 17 tablets in the morning 7 at lunchtime 3 teatime and 9 before bed, 5 different inhalers and a nebuliser to get me through the day.
Despite all this, you will always find me with a smile on my face.
To look at you wouldn’t know there was anything wrong but inside I am very poorly. My body is attacking itself from the inside out. If you are part of my close circle you would realise what I go through daily just to be able to carry on working and making a difference to the lives of others. I’m not a hero or an inspiration I’m simply me and I want to continue being me for as long as possible.
We help and support people with vasculitis to improve outcomes for vasculitis patients
Charity Registration No. 1019983
Find out more about the charity here https://goo.gl/irW4uC
Autism Hampshire nominated by Platinum Care Solutions as their 2017 charity
Each year Platinum Care Solutions nominates a charity for whom they undertake a range of fundraising activities and this year they have selected Autism Hampshire.
Jo Barry, Director and Founder of Platinum Care Solutions explained why they had chosen Autism Hampshire:
“Some of the people we care for are living with autism. The condition affects people differently and has an impact on a person’s quality of life, how they relate to others and how they perceive and experience the world around them. We wanted to support Autism Hampshire in their important work of raising awareness, as well as with the range of services they provide which include information and advice, training and residential living.”
Autism Hampshire was founded by the late Mr and Mrs Philip White MBE and a group of local parents of children with autism in Southampton in the mid-1960’s. Over the years the charity has worked hard to provide high quality services that meet the diverse needs of people living with autism in Hampshire and the surrounding area. They provide autism focused training, mentoring, domiciliary care, supported living services and a community access team that responds to an average of 12,000 requests for help each year.
Sam Perry, Fundraising Manager said of the nomination: “Autism can have an impact on both the individual as well as their family, dramatically changing everyone’s lives. Autism Hampshire needs to reach and help more families but to do so this requires funds. We are delighted that Platinum Care Solutions have chosen to support and fundraise on our behalf and are looking forward to building upon the existing excellent relationship that we already have with them.”
To mark the nomination, both Sam Perry and Natalie Dobson, the Business Operations Manager at Platinum Care Solutions, visited one of Autism Hampshire’s residential centres in Gosport where they were able to meet both residents and staff and find out more about the difference residential care makes.
We nominated the Alzheimer’s Society as our charity for 2016 and we raised vital funds for a condition where it is predicted that by 2025, 1 million people in the UK will have dementia, two thirds of which are expected to be women.
To kick start our fundraising activities we signed up to do the Grand Canyon Trek which involved us doing things we would never have thought possible such as jumping into waterfalls, trekking through fields of grapevines, camping underneath the stars and learning from their hosts the Havasu ‘Baaja’ Native.
Not to mention the struggles of 10 mile walks every day, rock climbing up and down the wet rocks besides a waterfall and a 2000ft hike uphill out of the canyon.
The Grand Canyon Trek took place on 8 – 15 March 2016. Which in the 12 weeks of fundraising we raised a massive £1,755.62.
We also held cake sales throughout the year, and our very own tuck shop in the Portchester and Bognor Regis offices.
Our chosen charity for 2015 was Macmillan Cancer Support. We held events that included a 108 mile cycle from Portchester to Brighton and back again, and our own take on the Macmillan coffee morning ‘cakes and shakes’ which we raised a total of £851.32.
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