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Rachel Wright

Rachel Wright's Challenge for a Cause

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Hi, thanks for visiting my page. Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. 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. I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.[/p][p]I am going to be taking part in a 5 day Arctic Adventure to help contribute to the Electrical Industries Charity target of £250,000 to purchase my parents a HOUSE! The EIC has already changed our lives in so many ways already. They financially supported my parents whilst they waited for a steady income. They have also provided private Speech, Physio and Hydro therapy for my mum and their long term goal is to purchase my parents a new home so they will have no financial worries for the rest of their lives.[/p] [p]This is my family's story:[/p] [p]My Mum, a mother, grandmother and loving wife worked for a large Electrical Wholesaler until her life changed in the blink of a moment.[/p] [p]On the 4th January 2009, my mum had a coughing fit and collapsed. She was rushed to hospital after being found unconscious where she was diagnosed with a Grade 4 brain haemorrhage. Whilst in intensive care, my mum suffered two strokes and faced numerous major operations. My Mum was left with severe, irreversible brain damage, paralysed from the neck down, lost her speech and we were told that Mum would require 24 hour care for the rest of her life. Mum spent the next seven years in hospital in a high care facility.[/p] [p]During this time, my Dad, helped Mum through her struggles and kept positive whilst also supporting my 2 sisters and I. When Mum was transferred to her care home, my Dad would drive 2 hours a day to see her every day. His presence and ours had a positive and calming effect on Mum. Throughout this time, we struggled with the loss of Mum's wages and the financial pressures of adjusting to a single income household. Just shortly after Mum's collapse, my Dad was made redundant. This left us with any income to cover the mortgage, hospital visits and living expenses. This resulted in us losing our family home in 2013.[/p] [p]Despite the challenging situation, my Dad always remained positive for Mum's benefit. He eventually found another job and sourced a rented property that could accommodate for Mum upon her return from her care home. In November 2015, Dad was given the option to take voluntary redundancy, which gave him an opportunity to bring Mum home permanently and become her full time carer.[/p] [p]After spending seven years and half years in hospital and a care home facing numerous complication, Mum finally return home to our family. Sadly, Mum 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.[/p] [p]Despite the improvements in Mum's condition, our problems were far from over. My parents had not received any income for the past 8 months, despite submitting all the required documentation that would also my parents 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 my parents through this challenging time.[/p] [p]We also discovered that without Court of Protection this would continue to be a challenge and the cost to apply for this was financially out of reach for us as a family.[/p] [p]To lift this heavy burden and allow us to focus on caring for Mum and spending quality time as a family, the Electrical Industry Charity has provided us with an initial grant of £10,000 to assist us in a number of ways:[/p] [ul] [li]Providing wheelchair access to the front of our 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 us 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 and through its Practical Participation Programme, work with industry partners to carry out any renovation work which is required to safeguard the future of parents, most importantly my Mum.[/p] [p]Thank you for helping me to contribute to this amazing charity, who we could never thank enough.[/p]

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Event

Personal Challenge Date

08 Mar 2018

Campaign

Challenge for a Cause-Caz Dickinson(EIC)

Challenge for a Cause-Caz Dickinson(EIC)

Charity

The Electrical Industries Charity

The Electrical Industries Charity

Supporters

28-Mar-2018

Richard H

Nice one Rach!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

26-Mar-2018

Mike Burnard

Well Done Rachel. You were an absolute delight to share The Challenge with for your Mum. She willl be so proud of you! From the Team at Edmundson Electrical Ltd.

£4500.00

08-Mar-2018

Kellie and Shawn xxx

Good luck Rachel and sisters on such a great challange ! You will be amazing xxx

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

07-Mar-2018

Tony & Shirley

Good Luck Rach. Mum will be so proud of you xx Go Girl. Love Shirley & Tony xx

£50.00

01-Feb-2018

Anonymous

DFDS donation at GEFCO's Team building charity quiz night

£300.00

31-Jan-2018

GEFCO 4PL

Rachael this is Gefco 4PL entrance fee for this weeks charity quiz night.

£150.00

31-Jan-2018

Chris Chaney

Rachael Good Luck - this is the balance of the STVA-Carlson-BRIT entrance fees for Gefco 4PL charity quiz night following payment of buffet and trophies.

£55.00

18-Jan-2018

Helen Brown

Best of luck to you all with your challenge! Caz and Mick deserve something positive from such a difficult situation, a wonderful couple xx

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

16-Jan-2018

GEFCO FVL Transport

£150.00

11-Jan-2018

CLdN ro-ro

Fundraising through Gefco 4PL Quiz Night

£150.00