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Fundraising Reflexology in Kidderminster

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During my ten years working as a reflexologist in Kidderminster I have enjoyed many fundraising events. I am adding to this years tenth anniversary celebration with a charity day for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). On 10th November Reflexology will be available all day with all donations going to the charity.

Every week, 12 apparently fit and healthy young people (aged 35 and under) die from a previously undiagnosed heart condition. In 80% of cases, there will have been no signs or symptoms, which is why the charity CRY believes proactive cardiac screening is so vitally important. This is not currently available free on the NHS. Its pioneering screening programme is overseen by world-leading sports cardiologist, Professor Sanjay Sharma. CRY now tests over 27,000 young people (aged 14-35) every year in the UK. I took my son for screening and although we were nervous it was a very easy experience and we were relieved to find that his screening did not show any signs for concern. We were grateful for the screening and so I decided it was time to plan another charity day!

I feel privileged to be supporting the charity CRY. It is important that I can raise as much money as possible to support CRY and to pay tribute to the hundreds of young people who lose their lives to sudden cardiac death in the UK every year, plus help fund CRY’s vital work:

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• CRY was founded in May 1995. As well as campaigning and providing a subsidised cardiac screening for young people, the charity also provides an internationally renowned research programme and specialist support to bereaved families.

• CRY funds the CRY Inherited Cardiovascular Disease Clinic and the CRY Centre for Sports Cardiology at St George’s Hospital London

• CRY works closely with MPs to improve awareness of sudden cardiac death in young people, leading to CRY’s All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG)

Young Sudden Cardiac Death (YSCD) is an umbrella term for heart conditions that affect fit and healthy people which, if not treated can result in sudden death

• CRY’s myheart network offers help, support and information to people who are coping with a diagnosis of an inherited or congenital heart condition. www.myheart.org.uk

• CRY has tested well over 170,000 young people, resulting in 100s of potentially life-threatening conditions being identified. The programme is growing annually.

• Now, anyone between the age of 14 and 35 can book an appointment online and, in 3 clicks, can register to have a free cardiac investigation overseen by a specialist. As CRY receives no government funding this is only possible because of the incredible support CRY receives from communities throughout the UK to provide this free service to the public. www.testmyheart.org.uk

For more details about the event or to book your fundraising reflexology appointment please call Joanne on 07531121199 or email breathetime@gmail.com.

To find out more about CRY and details of the services it provides visit www.c-r-y.org.uk.

Posted on October 3, 2018 and filed under reflexology.

Celebrating Ten Years Of Reflexology at Breathe HT

To celebrate Breathe Holistic Therapies tenth anniversary I am planning a fantastic community project. My mission is to raise awareness in Kidderminster, Worcestershire of the use of automated defibrillators and their locations. I have organised many reflexology fundraising days but this time I'm marking ten years with something different.

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Automated defibrillators save lives, but generally people are not aware that anyone can use them or of their locations.  I want to help my local community to learn more about them and encourage local businesses/organisations who have automated defibrillators to promote their locations. Automated defilbrillators are known as EADs (emergency access defibrillator) or PADs (public access defibrillator).

I have a passion for this as I have twice witnessed collapses and not known where to go in order to access a potentially lifesaving defibrillator.  I know in one case I ran completely the wrong way and from that day decided the community need to know where to access automated defibrillators.

There are many statistics about the benefits of early defibrillation, but statistics can't compete with seeing someone receiving CPR, knowing an automated defibrillator may save their life but not knowing where to find one.

I want to promote the display of window signs, as shown above, indicating the location of automated defibrillators. I am taking my campaign to the local council and MP to encourage the development of universal location signs to be displayed along with other town signage, e.g. sign for the nearest defibrillator with distance indicated  alongside signs for toilets and parking etc.  I would ultimately envisage everyone finding their nearest defibrillator to home and work as a routine thing just as you may notice your nearest post box.

My mission is in line with many charities such as the St Johns ambulance,  Hand on Heart, Heart Safe and BHF. The British Heart Foundation are campaigning for universal signage and a country wide data base of all automated defibrillators.  Heart Safe have developed a map displaying defibrillators to enable people to perform a post code search, but most are not listed so currently this system is unfortunately not working. The St Johns Ambulance has introduced the CARE campaign encouraging people to find their closest automated defibrillator and stressing the importance of early defibrillation. All of these and similar initiatives are brilliant but ultimately a universal method of locating needs to be developed. 

I have a twitter @mylocaldefib from which I will encourage local organisations to list their defibrillator on the heart safe map as well as displaying window signs and location signs in their building.  I am hoping local media will assist me in publicising this quest and helping me to make my community and eventually everyone defib savy!  

If you would like to become involved with my campaign please do contact me I will look forward to hearing your input.

 

 
 

Kidderminster Mindfulness Fundraising Day

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At Breathe Therapy, Kidderminster’s hypnotherapy practice I am using my Mindfulness training skills to raise funds to support local carers.  Worcestershire Association of Carers (WAC) gives vital support for adults providing unpaid care for their relatives or friends.

Worcestershire Association of Carers is a registered charity. They act as an independent source of information, advice and support for carers.  The charity provides many services such as carers groups, help lines and training.  I was able to meet the Stourport Carers group last week and learned of the value of the meetings, both practical and emotional.

There are at least 63,000 unpaid carers in Worcestershire, as a therapist and volunteer at a local hospice I see both the value of caring but also the difficulties experienced by carers and their families.  Many carers experience high levels of stress, anxiety and depression. Mindfulness can encourage a sense of calmness and resilience, giving individuals some peace in a frantic world.

I will be holding a fundraising day on Saturday October 17 at Breathe Holistic Therapies Kidderminster Treatment room.  Individual “Introduction to Mindfulness” sessions will be available and all donations will go towards WAC’s valuable work.  Those attending will be able to find out about how mindfulness can help them and experience a mindfulness meditation.  After the Introduction to mindfulness everyone who attends will have access to a series of meditations to make it easy to use mindfulness in everyday life.

If you feel meditation is not for you because you have a busy, hectic mind then the session will help to dispel those concerns. Meditation really can be enjoyed even by people with the most anxious, worrying minds. The benefits can include increased feelings of calm, improved resilience, well being and happiness.  There are many myths about meditation and the introduction to mindfulness will help to explore these.

You don’t need to be a carer to take part, the fundraising day is open to everyone.

If you would like to know more please please contact me :  e-mail or call 07531121199

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Posted on September 21, 2015 and filed under mindfulness, stress management.

Breathe Kidderminster's Chosen Charity for 2015:

I am planning a Mindfulness fundraising day at Breathe Kidderminster later this year to raise funds for the Worcestershire Association of Carers.  This fantastic charity work tirelessly to support carers all across the county.  I attended their annual conference this week to learn more about the work of this local charity and most importantly to meet the people whose hard work makes it all possible.

The conference was both informative and incredibly moving. Speakers included Professor David Green, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Worcester, Clare Marchant, Chief Executive, Worcester County Council and Sarah Dugan, Chief Executive, Worcester Health and Care Trust. All three speakers explored a different perspective of caring but the resounding theme for me was that carers save the country millions of pounds while caring can have rewards but also immeasurable costs for those involved.  

I was shocked to learn that "Carers save the UK economy 119 billion every year" ( State of Caring report 2015) and even more shocked to learn that this figure is higher than the total spend on the National Health Service.  The financial impact of carers on the national and local economy was far beyond my appreciation.

More significant than any of these figures was the opportunity to hear first hand  personal experiences of caring. 'The Value of Caring' film launch clearly portrayed the reality of caring and without making any efforts to pull at the heart strings it still bought tears to the eyes of many in the room. I will hopefully be able to share this film with you on a later blog post.

If you are caring for a relative or friend, even if you do not consider yourself as a carer, please do take a look at the Worcestershire Association of Carers as they may well have something to offer you and your family. I will let you know when I have planned the fundraising day where I will be offering one-to-one sessions of Mindfulness Meditation at my Kidderminster treatment room.  You can learn more about mindfulness here.

 

Reflexology Fundraising Event

Reflexology Charity Day June 15th 2012

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Photo fundraiser for Hand on Heart

Join us for a charity fundraising day at Breathe Holistic Therapy Kidderminster. Relaxing reflexology treatments will be available all day on June 15th 2013. All proceeds will be given to Hand on Heart in partnership with sainsbury's Kidderminster.

I have worked with Sainsbury’s to help raise money for Hand on Heart both in my role of Olympic torch bearer and reflexology and massage practitioner.  Sainsburys have chosen Hand on Heart as their charity partner 2012/2013 and have focused on providing automated defibrillator packages for secondary schools in the Kidderminster area.

  • Hand on Heart  are a registered charity working to provide defibrillator packages for schools.
  • 12 young people die due to sudden cardiac arrest each week in the UK. 
  • Statistics suggest as many as 270 children die each year in British schools from sudden cardiac arrest. 
  • The defibrillator packages include training but the automated devices can be used by anyone arriving first on the scene of a cardiac arrest. 
  • With a defibrillator the chances of surviving cardiac arrest rise to 74%.

Sudden cardiac arrest in a child is devastating and extremely traumatic for all concerned. An automated defibrillator gives the child a life line and parents and teachers know they have done everything possible to increase the chance of the child surviving.

Please call to book your space, the suggested donation for a 30 minute treatment is £10.00. You can enjoy a relaxing treat and help us to provide lifesaving defibrillators for local schools. Call 07531121199 or please e-mail me  if you have any questions or to book your appointment.

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Fundraising Day for Mary Stevens Hospice

I hope you had a great Easter.

I am having a fundraising day for Mary Stevens hospice. I am privileged to work at the hospice as a volunteer therapist and I hope to  raise money for a special reflexology chair. The reflexology chairs are very comfortable and so portable that we can give treatments in more places, such as for relatives that don't want to leave the bedsides.  Patients and visitors at the hospice benefit from many types of complementary therapies such as reflexology. A new reflexology recliner would allow me and other therapists to be more mobile within the hospice, hopefully offering the relaxing soothing treatments to more people when and where they need them.

On Saturday May 21st I am offering mini reflexology treatments and back massages for a suggested donation of £10.00. All proceeds going to the hospice. This fundraising day will take place at my home treatment room in Kidderminster.

Simply phone 0753 1121199 or e-mail me if you want to book a spot or need more details and please forward this to anyone who you think may be interested.

 

Thank you .

Reflexology Treatments Kidderminster. Please contact Jo 0753 1121199