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Woodford Medical has always been a company that cares and supports local causes and charities. Here are some details of the hard work and dedication our Woodford Medical staff members have shown to raise money for fantastic charities and causes...
Kerys Pyne - Trekking the Great Wall of China for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund) in October 2017
Our Aesthetic Therapist Kerys will be trekking The Great Wall of China on 6th October 2017. Kerys will be trekking for eight days and covering 70km of the Great Wall taking on the rough and rocky terrain.
Kerys is 24 years old and has been living with type 1 diabetes since she was a year old, which is very unusual, this equates to approximately 55,100 insulin injections, her dad has also been a diabetic for 48 years (the maths for this would be scary!) Although it has been tough, over the course of her lifetime and particularly his, access to various treatments and technologies has made managing and living with diabetes a little easier and she wants to help to ensure this continues, not only for herself and her dad but for the 400,000 people in the UK living with type 1 diabetes. I’m sure one of these is your relative, friend, neighbour, or colleague. It's a terrifying thought that one person in the world dies every six seconds due to this condition.
JDRF has helped and supported Kerys a lot in difficult times and with this in mind she decided to trek the Great Wall of China. This is a mentally and physically demanding challenge for anyone, but Kerys will also have to factor in her diabetes. This will take a great deal of planning around both her injections and diet, and as well as this she will also have to constantly monitor her blood sugar levels, but the possibility of a cure is what is pushing her on throughout my training regime, and will continue to do so each and every step of my trek.
We caught up with Kerys during her busy day at work about how important this challenge is to her and why she wants to raise money for JDRF:
“This is why I ask you to donate anything you can to get me through this very challenging journey. I want to give something back to a charity that have helped me so much since I was a baby. It really will mean the world to me throughout my training and my trek, and I really hope that your sponsorship will help other people, like myself who live with type 1 diabetes, and ultimately one day find a cure for this life changing condition.”
Kerys is funding the trip herself so all money donated will go directly to her chosen charity. You can sponsor her at www.justgiving.com/kerys-pyne2
We all wish Kerys the very best of luck on her trip and we will update you with pictures and details of her trip when she returns!
Dr Hilary Allan, Jackie Daniels and Ruth Haldane - Breast Reconstruction Awareness Ball 2014
It was a night dedicated to a very worthy cause, one close to the heart for many people and as well as attending the evening Woodford Medical team member Jackie took to the stage to make a speech and thank Denise Tyler for her fantastic fundraising efforts:
"Denise and David you hold an event such as this every year and put in so many hours to not only give us this wonderful evening but also remind us all of the worthwhile charities we can support and we are privileged to be involved this year. Our final and most relevant thanks go to the charity we are all supporting this evening - Breast Reconstruction Awareness."
The evening raised an astonishing £8,900, enabling the charity to purchase a much needed scope.
We would like to thank everyone who attended the event or donated to this worthy cause!
Kerry Fletcher - Round the Island Challenge 2014 for Great Ormond Street Hospital
Although the island is idyllic with spectacular beaches, the challenge itself was very tough.
Kerry showed fantastic determination and strength when she took on training for the two day challenge, where she would have to cycle approximately 90 km per day along hilly terrains and under the hot Ibiza sun!
Kerry completed the challenge with flying colours and her and her teammates managed to raise over £12,000 for the HAIRaising appeal, founded by John Frieda to build a new respiratory ward at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
We at Woodford Medical are very proud of her and would like to congratulate her on her amazing efforts!
Here are some pictures of Kerry and her team on the day...
For more information on this amazing charity event, please click here http://www.gosh.org/gen/events-and-appeals/challenge-events/bike/round-the-island-cycle-challenge/
Lindsay Gilligan - The Moonwalk for Breast Cancer Research
Lindsay Gilligan, Marketing and PR Coordinator for Woodford Medical took her charity fund raising that one step further...or shall we say 26 miles further!
On May 10th, Lindsay completed the Moonwalk Marathon around London to raise money and awareness for vital Breast Cancer causes. This entailed walking 26 miles in the dark starting around midnight!
We would like to congratulate Lindsay on her hard work and dedication, see below for an action shot of her walking the walk for charity!
If you would like to kindly donate towards Lindsay's brave charity challenge, please click here www.justgiving.com/Lindsay-Gilligan
Click here for more information on the Moonwalk Marathon http://www.walkthewalk.org/Challenges/TheMoonWalkLondon