Helping Children Living with Illness and Disability in our Area

Updated: Apr 18, 2019

Earlier in the year we announced that our first charity theme for 2019 will be children living with illness and disability. The Your Voice representatives communicated this to our employees, who then came forward with nominations for charities and good causes that fell within the theme.

A number of suggestions were brought to the forum, and we are proud to announce that our donations for this period will be shared between THREE local good causes.

The first recipient of our donations will be Amelia Calloway, whose sisters Laura and Mia work here at We Plan Group.

Amelia is 15 years old and suffers from Retinitis Pigmentosa. The rare genetic disorder has meant that overtime Amelia has lost her peripheral vision and now relies on her guide dog, Libby, to help her move around safely.

But her loss of sight isn’t going to stop her living life like any other 15 year old!

Amelia has been fundraising to try and raise the money needed to buy a Braille machine, which she needs to attend college.

We are pleased to announce that we will be donating money towards the cost of a new Braille machine for Amelia! We couldn’t be more thrilled to be able to help fund this vital piece of equipment which will mean that Amelia will be able to attend the Hereford College for the blind in September!

The second recipient of our donations will be Maes Ebbw School. Peter Bryant, who works on our financials team, put forward the school to receive our support as his fiancé teaches there.

Maes Ebbw School is a purpose built school that offers a well-resourced environment to help children and young people aged 3 – 19 years with special needs develop their learning skills. They have been looking for donations to fund a specially equipped bus which will be used to take the children on educational trips.

Time spent in the wider community is vital in helping these children develop their social skills, but this isn’t possible without specialised transportation.

We are excited to be able to support the school by raising money to help them purchase their new specialised bus!

The third recipient of our donations is close to our hearts. You may remember last year we held a donation drive to encourage staff to join the bone marrow registration drive. This was to help find a match for Marley Nicholas, a local boy suffering with Aplastic Anaemia. Amazingly that day we signed up 94 members of staff, but sadly a match has still not been found.

Whilst they desperately fight to save their son’s life his parents, Shaney and Joe, are unable to work. This has undoubtedly caused financial worries, at a time where their focus should be solely on their child. We will be using money from our dress down collections to help ease the financial strain on Marley’s parents during this most difficult time.

We hope that you are all as excited as we are at the prospect of helping these three amazing causes! Keep up to date with our progress on our website or social media pages, or speak to your forum representatives, to see how much money we can raise for these three causes!


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