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Cathy Plummer

Cathy Plummer's Challenge for A Great Cause

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Hi, [/p][p]Thanks for visiting my page. Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed direct to registered charities.[/p] [p]I and other members of our family are taking part in a 5 day Arctic Adventure to help contribute to the Electrical Industries Charity target of £250,000 to purchase my Sister Caz and her husband Mick Dickinson a HOUSE! [/p][p]This will be fully adapted to accommodate Caz’s disability needs following her brain injury.  The EIC has already changed the family’s lives in so many ways. They financially supported Caz & Mick whilst they waited for a steady income to be finalised after Mick finally succeeded in bringing Caz home to the family. They have also provided private Speech, Physio and Hydrotherapy for Caz and their long term goal is to purchase a new home for Caz Mick & Jodie, so they will have all the facilities Caz needs and to help Mick in the monumental task of caring for Caz and also have no financial worries for the rest of their lives.[/p] [p][b]This is Caz’s story:[/b][/p] [p]My sister Caz, who was 43 years of age and a loving Wife, Mum, Daughter, Sister and Auntie, worked for a large Electrical Wholesaler until her life changed in the blink of an eye.[/p] [p]On the 4th January 2009, Caz had a coughing fit and collapsed. She was rushed to hospital where she was diagnosed with a Grade 4 brain haemorrhage. Whilst in intensive care, Caz suffered two strokes and faced numerous major operations.  Caz was left with severe, irreversible brain damage, paralysed from the neck down, lost her speech and we were told that Caz may never return to the family home, and would require 24 hour care for the rest of her life.  [/p][p]Caz spent the next seven years in hospital and in a care home to cater for her 24/7 needs.[/p] [p]During this time, Mick helped Caz through her struggles and kept positive whilst also supporting their 3 daughters Rachel, Rebecca & Jodie who was only 9 years of age at the time of Caz’s illness. When Caz was transferred to her care home, Mick would drive 2 hours a day to see her every day and spend time comforting her and encouraging her to try and improve her physical and mental ability as much as possible.  His presence and that of the girls and the family had a positive and calming effect on Caz and she never gave up trying to communicate whilst always maintaining her amazing sense of humour and showing strength that has never diminished no matter how much pain she was in.[/p] [p]Caz’s strength has carried her through and she has beaten all the odds to reach some milestones that we never thought possible.  She had the pleasure of being part of her daughter Rachel’s wedding to Lloyd and has also become the very proud Nannie to Rio who absolutely adores his Nannie Caz and she adores him.[/p] [p]Throughout this time, the family struggled with the loss of Caz's wage and the financial pressures of adjusting to a single income household. Just shortly after Caz's collapse, Mick was made redundant. This left the family without any income to cover the mortgage, household bills, hospital visits and living expenses. This resulted in the Dickinsons losing their family home in 2013.[/p] [p]Despite the challenging situation, Mick always remained positive for Caz's benefit. He eventually found another job and sourced a rented property that could accommodate Caz upon her impending return from her care home, which the family thought would never happen, but yet another challenge that Mick pursued and never gave up on the hope of achieving.[/p] [p]In November 2015, Mick was given the option to take voluntary redundancy, which gave him the opportunity to bring Caz home permanently and become her full time carer.[/p] [p]After spending seven and a half years in hospital and Castel Froma Care Home, where Caz had became part of the family and had built lovely relationships with all of the Carers that worked so hard to look after her.   After facing numerous complications, Caz finally returned home to the family in 2016.  [/p][p]Sadly, Caz has not regained any movement from her neck downwards and still requires 24 hour care, however, since returning home, we have noticed significant improvements in her speech and overall outlook and again her amazing sense of humour inspires everyone around her as she never fails to smile for everyone she meets.[/p] [p]Despite the improvements in Caz's condition, the family financial problems were far from over. Mick & Caz had not received any income for the previous 8 months, despite submitting all the required documentation to enable them to receive benefits including, Tax benefits, Personal Independence Payments and Carers Allowance, the only support they have received so far is housing benefit. However, the EIC supported Mick & Caz through this challenging time.[/p] [p]We also discovered that without Court of Protection this would continue to be a challenge, but the cost to apply for this was financially out of reach for the family.[/p] [p]To lift this heavy burden and allow the family to focus on caring for Caz and spending quality time together, the Electrical Industries Charity has provided the family with an initial grant of £10,000 to assist in a number of ways:[/p] [ul] [li]Providing wheelchair access to the front of the rental property[/li] [li]Paying off council tax arrears[/li] [li]Providing a full assessment by an occupational therapist and long term rehabilitation treatment which is not covered by the NHS.[/li] [li]More importantly, the grant will cover the cost of a family solicitor who will assist them with an application for an enduring power of attorney and directorship[/li] [/ul] [p]In the long term, the Electrical Industries Charity has a goal, through its Challenge for a Cause, to raise £250,000 to purchase a house for Caz Mick & Jodie, and through its Practical Participation Programme, work with industry partners to carry out any renovation work which is required to safeguard the future of the family, but most importantly for Caz.[/p] [p]Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this. [/p][p]Thank you all so much for donations and support you have already given our family, and for helping us to contribute to this amazing charity event.   The family cannot thank you all enough for what you have done for our family.[/p]

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Challenge for a Cause-Arctic Adventure

Challenge for a Cause-Arctic Adventure

08 Mar 2018


Challenge for a Cause-Caz Dickinson(EIC)

Challenge for a Cause-Caz Dickinson(EIC)


The Electrical Industries Charity

The Electrical Industries Charity



Simon Tisdall

Well Done! Simon T

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid


Sharon Thomas

Wishing you all the best of luck. This is for such a good cause. Stay safe and enjoy the experience. Lots of love Sharon and Dave x x x x

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid



Good Luck Cathy to you and your family. Enjoy and have fun

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Debbie Brown

Good Luck for the challenge Cathy X

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Mark Baxter

This is only a small contribution, but I hope that it all adds up, and I wish you the best for the future.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid





£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Elaine Mark x

Good luck to you both

£40.00 plus £10.00 Gift Aid


The Birds

Good luck auntie Cath. With love from Claire, Chris and Reu xx

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid



All the best Cathy

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid