Vital support for life saver plus more charitable news
PUBLISHED: 15:59 15 August 2014 | UPDATED: 16:00 15 August 2014
Good causes - news from across Berkshire and Buckinghamshire
Kim’s so proud of her brother
When we see charity walkers and runners out on the street, or sometimes on TV, we know they are taking part for good causes but often wonder about the stories behind their efforts.
This is particularly true when the chosen charity is less well known, so we’re delighted to tell you about Daniel Isaiew from Reading and his sister, Kim Kenny.
Daniel ran the Bupa Westminster Mile to raise funds for PINNT (Patients on Intravenous and Naso-Gastric Nutrition Therapy Information), raising £500.
The charity has helped Kim, who has a chronic stomach condition, gastoparesis, which has led to her relying on a special pump to deliver her daily nutrient intake.
It’s a condition that can strike at any age and Kim, now 37, was diagnosed in 2009, suffering intestinal failure two years later. Gastroparesis is a chronic condition in which the stomach is unable to empty in its usual way, and happens when the nerves to the stomach are damaged or stomach muscles and the intestines stop fail to work.
Kim is now unable to eat or drink ‘normally’ at all and has a CME Medical BodyGuard 323TM Ambulatory Infusion Pump, a small, light-weight, quiet and discreet pump to deliver her medication. She carries this in a special rucksack and so can live independently.
Gastroparesis is a known complication in diabetes through poor control of sugar levels, but many people without diabetes can suffer as a result of surgical procedures or conditions such as viral illness and ME. Doctors believe that Kim’s condition is linked to an illness called Mitochondrial Neurogastrointestinal Encephalopathy.
PINNT offers a support group for those receiving artificial nutrition. For more info see www.pinnt.com. To make a donation to support Daniel’s run visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/DannyIzu.
Get your running shoes on
The Windsor Half Marathon attracts everyone from elite competitors to fun runners – and you could be part of the event this year by signing up to support one of the official charities.
With the start and finish on The Long Walk, stunning views of Windsor Castle and a 13.1 miles run on traffic free roads around Windsor Great Park, it’s no surprise that places were snapped up for what has become the Windsor Running Festival over a weekend in September.
The Half Marathon takes place on Sunday, 28 September and while entry is now closed to public runners, it’s possible to sign up to run for several charities, including Scope and Clic Sargent.
Running4Women are also bringing their women’s only race back to the Great Park on Saturday, 27 September. The 10K run is aimed at beginners as well as seasoned and club runners, with entry fees of £14.50 for UKA members and £16.50 for unaffiliated runners.
Vital support for life saver
Staff at Retail Merchant Services, the largest independent card processing provider, are planning to raise at least £7,000 this year for the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust.
The trust, which has a helicopter based at RAF Benson, relies on fundraisers to make a minimum of £3.7million a year to maintain the service, which comprises 26 crew including paramedics and pilots. The charity has led over 15,000 missions across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire since it launched 15 years ago.
Retail Merchant Services will be holding regular events such as bake-offs and dress down days at their head office in Milton Keynes, in addition to supporting any employee who takes part in a charity sporting event for TVACAA.
Gareth Poppleton, managing director of Retail Merchant Services, says: “Everyone knows someone who will need their services at some point. We are also looking to help the TVACAA by providing card payment processing and terminals, free of charge.”
Oli Hiscoe, of TVACAA, adds: “We are a small charity with a giant fund raising goal to meet every year and without companies such as Retail Merchant Services, we wouldn’t be able to fly and save lives. It is people’s kindness that keeps us in the sky.”
Retail Merchant Services has supported various charities over the years, last year raising in excess of £7,000 for local charities including the MK Food Bank and Hope for Hollie, amongst others.