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Lending a hand for HemiHelp charity

Kamelia Renata G.

Xoomworks Technology recently met up with Nikki and Amy from our preferred charity partner HemiHelp, a charity providing information, support and guidance to people with hemiplegia and their families in the UK.

At Trents London on Leather Lane, our preferred Portuguese tart providers, we all reflected upon another amazing year supporting the charity and looked at what incredible things we could dream to do to help support their 25th-anniversary celebrations in 2016.

As such we asked Nikki to share with us a little bit more about HemiHelp. Below are her answers to our eager questions.

HemiHelp Charity

Can you tell us a little bit about HemiHelp and what you do with this beautiful charity:

“HemiHelp is a national charity providing support and information to people with hemiplegia.

Hemiplegia is a neurological condition that affects 1 in 1000 children. One to two babies are born with congenital hemiplegia every day in the UK and much more acquire the condition later in childhood following a stroke, head trauma or a viral infection such as meningitis. This results in varying degrees of weakness and lack of control on one side of the body.
Many children with hemiplegia also have less obvious additional challenges such as epilepsy, visual impairment or behavioural problems. As the child grows these hidden difficulties may become more frustrating and disabling than the more obvious physical ones. Hemiplegia is a lifelong condition for which there is no cure.

HemiHelp complements the work of medical professionals by providing emotional and practical advice to people with hemiplegia and their families.

Charity number: 1085349”

Can you share some of the highlights of working together with Xoomworks Technology over the past five years:

“Far too many to mention, but my first experience with the Holmes family and a team of Xoomies was in 2011 when they took on the Brighton Marathon. A couple of days later they ran from Brighton to London, in one day. The following Sunday they ran the London Marathon.

Gold Challenge! During the Olympic year Xoomies took on a variety of sporty challenges from climbing Snowdon and running with the Kalahari Bushmen to space hopping for 1km! They raised close to £6,000 for HemiHelp and another charity.

Sharing stories like this encouraged lots of other fundraisers to be involved with the Olympic Gold Challenge resulting in a very successful, busy and fun year for HemiHelp! Mortimer Spinks, Manifesto Digital and Coupa, our new supporters to name a few, as well as masses of individuals who attend our events like Comedy Nights, Fun Run, CHC etc.

The HemiHelp Fun Run is an annual 10K and 3K in Victoria Park. This event was established by David Bone. The inaugural run was in May 2013, and since then the run has grown and has raised more than £32,000 in three years. The most recent run saw more than 150 participants of all ages and abilities take part! Xoomworks Technology still play a critical part in the success of the event, promoting and helping on the day.”

HemiHelp Fun Run

Would you kindly share how you have spent some of the money Xoomworks friends have raised?

“Xoomworks have probably contributed around £40k directly (event tickets and 10ks), but not including marathons, spartathlons etc.

With that, we are expanding services for all people affected by hemiplegia. Early Years Conferences, our Transitions Service for young adults which was established in 2012.

Funds raised enable HemiHelp to communicate with our 4,000 members via our quarterly magazine and updating our website, often the first resource a family with a new diagnosis will access.

Holmes

Can you also share how you perhaps get just as much value from activities where Xoomies are just giving their time?

“Xoomies still lend a lot of time promoting HemiHelp; they promote events on our behalf and simply tell friends and clients about the charity and the work we do.
They helped with the office move earlier this year!
Jamie & Beth Holmes have just set up a work placement for a young person with HemiHelp at Xoomworks.”

Where do you feel a company like Xoomworks Technology could help you more?

“ You already do so much!

  • We could possibly use Awareness Week to work together more and spread the word about HemiHelp more.
  • This blog post is a great idea!
  • Help us make more corporate connections.”

A big thank-you to Nikki for sharing these thoughts with us. We all look forward to growing this relationship and helping HemiHelp do more and more wonderful things.

If you would like to find out more about HemiHelp please check out their links above, or visit their website: http://www.hemihelp.org.uk and read all about them.

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