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This Christmas we have decided to put our efforts into raising as much money as possible for our chosen Dorking based charity The Brigitte Trust through social media.
For every new follower on Twitter/Instagram & Facebook like we are donating 20p to the Charity and will have a chart in the showroom showing the results each week.
The charity have written this piece for us to give us an insight on how hugely important the work they do is and why we feel this time of year would be a great time to focus our efforts on raising as much as truly possible.
“Perhaps, amidst all the build-up to Christmas, it is easy to forget about those people whose lives revolve round an exhausting schedule of hospital appointments, treatments and the agonizing wait for the results of blood tests and scans.
Families who are facing life-threatening illness may well instead find their lives dominated by the poignancy of trying to come to terms with the prospect that these could be the last few weeks or months that they will spend together.
Perhaps, too, you may not have considered how these people could be supported at home and you may not have heard of The Brigitte Trust, despite the fact that we have been providing emotional and practical help for over 30 years to people in Surrey who are facing the challenges of cancer, motor neuron disease and other cruel life threatening illnesses.
Brigitte Trust volunteers, of whom I am one, provide weekly visits throughout the year to do what we can to support our clients and their families through the ups and downs that serious illness inevitably brings. Each volunteer visits the same family every week, so that we can build up an individual yet professional relationship with them.
We are not a nursing service, but we are very happy to help in whatever way we can to try to make life just a little bit easier. At a time when the family may have little control in their lives, we take our lead from them to give support in the way which suits their individual needs best. For example, we can do shopping either with or for our client, take them to hospital appointments, collect children from school, sit with them whilst a carer takes a break or perhaps take our client out somewhere for a cup of coffee and a change of scenery.
Sometimes the most important thing which we do is to sit quietly and listen. We are in the unique position of being neither a family member nor a friend, and very often that can make us a useful sounding board to vent the strong emotions and worries which life threatening disease can bring.
The training course which I attended when I first joined The Trust, together with on-going workshops and monthly support groups, has made me feel that I am part of a friendly and hugely supportive team and I really enjoy my role as a volunteer. It is a great privilege to be invited into someone’s home at a time which can be so emotionally and physically challenging and it can be a fulfilling and often humbling experience. And the feedback which we get from our clients endorses the fact that we really do make a difference.
Last year The Brigitte Trust supported 340 families across Surrey and into West Sussex, and although the service is entirely free to our clients, we need vital funds, particularly now in this very difficult economic climate, so that we may continue to train volunteers and provide and expand this valuable service.”