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Rebecca Dickinson

Rebecca Dickinson's fundraising page

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p][span=font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif";]Hi, thank you for visiting my page.[/span][/p] [p][span=font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif";]Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities.  [/span][/p] [p][span=font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif";]On the 8th March 2018, I will be taking part in The Electrical Industries Charity, Arctic Adventure, their 2017-2018 [/span][/p] [p][b][span=font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif";]The Electrical Industries Charity are going to change our lives as family, forever.[/span][/b][/p] [lt]p style="box-sizing: inherit; margin: 1.5rem 0px;"[gt][span=font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif";]My mother, Caz Dickinson, a mother, grandmother and a loving wife spent 15 years working for a large Electrical Wholesaler until her life changed in a blink of a moment.[/span][/p] [lt]p style="box-sizing: inherit; margin: 1.5rem 0px;"[gt][span=font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif";]On the 4th January 2009, my Mum was getting ready for work when she had a coughing fit, collapsed and hit her head on the bathtub. She was rushed to hospital after being found unconscious where she was diagnosed with a Grade 4 brain haemorrhage. Whilst in intensive care she suffered two strokes and faced numerous major operations. Mum was left with severe, irreversible brain damage, paralysed from the neck down, lost her speech and the family told that she would require 24-hour care for the rest of her life and she spent the next seven years in hospital in a high-care facility.[/span][/p] [lt]p style="box-sizing: inherit; margin: 1.5rem 0px;"[gt][span=font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif";]During this period my dad, Mick, helped her through her struggles and kept her positive while supporting her three daughters. When Mum was transferred to the high care facility my Dad would drive 2 hours each way to see her every day. His presence and my sisters and I, had a positive calming effect on Mum. Throughout this time, we struggled as a family with the loss of Mum’s wage and the financial pressures of adjusting to a single income household. Just shortly after Mum’s arrival at the high care facility the family suffered another blow with Dad being made redundant from his job. This left us a family without any income to cover the mortgage, hospital visits and other expenses. [b]Resulting in us losing our family home in October 2013.[/b][/span][/p] [lt]p style="box-sizing: inherit; margin: 1.5rem 0px;"[gt][span=font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif";]Despite the challenging situation, Dad always remained positive for his wife. He eventually found another job and sourced a rented property which could accommodate his wife upon her return from the high-care facility. In November 2015, he was given the option to take voluntary redundancy, which gave him an opportunity to bring Mum home and become her full-time carer.[/span][/p] [lt]p style="box-sizing: inherit; margin: 1.5rem 0px;"[gt][span=font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif";]After spending seven and a half years in hospital and a care facility facing numerous complications, Mum has finally returned home to her loving family. Sadly, she has not regained any movement from her neck downwards and still requires 24-hours care, however since returning home her family have noticed significant improvements in her speech development and outlook.[/span][/p] [lt]p style="box-sizing: inherit; margin: 1.5rem 0px;"[gt][span=font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif";]Despite the improvements in her condition, our problems are far from over. My parents have not received any income for the past eight months, and despite submitting all the required documentation which would allow them to receive benefits including, tax benefits, Personal Independence Payments (PIP) and Carers Allowance, the only support they have received so far is housing benefit.[/span][/p] [lt]p style="box-sizing: inherit; margin: 1.5rem 0px;"[gt][span=font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif";]We discovered that without a Court of Protection order this would continue to be the case, but the cost to apply for the order was significant and financially out of the reach for us. In addition, because the Order can take up to 16 weeks to process and the Carers Allowance can take a further 12 weeks to process, we faced the very real possibility of having no income for up to six months.[/span][/p] [lt]p style="box-sizing: inherit; margin: 1.5rem 0px;"[gt][span=font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif";]To lift this heavy financial burden and to allow us a family to focus on caring for Mum, the Electrical Industries Charity has provided an initial grant of £10,000 which will assist us a family in a number of ways. This includes providing wheelchair access to the front of the house; paying off council tax arrears, providing a full assessment by an occupational therapist; and long-term rehabilitation treatment which is not covered by the NHS. More importantly the grant will cover the cost of a family lawyer who will assist our family with an application for an enduring power of attorney and directorship – ensuring we will be able to apply for all the necessary funding to support Mum throughout her life. The Charity will supplement their benefits until the legal issues are resolved.[/span][/p] [lt]p style="box-sizing: inherit; margin: 1.5rem 0px;"[gt][span=font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif";]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 [url=http://www.electricalcharity.org/index.php/what-we-do/our-programmes/practical-participation-programme][lt]span style="color: windowtext;"[gt]Practical Participation Programme[/span][/url], work with industry partners to carry out any renovation work which is required to safeguard the future of Mum and our family.[lt]/span[gt][/p][p]I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.[/p][p]xx[/p]

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Event

Personal Challenge Date

12 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

30-Aug-2017

Jackie English

£100.00