A marvellous way to mark a big anniversary
Roald Dahl charity marks expansion move with community celebration
The charity has recently moved the headquarters from Great Missenden, where Roald Dahl lived and wrote many of his literary works, to Amersham, a move that the charity hopes will reflect the continued growth and development of the organisation.
To kick-start this marvellous year, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity is hosting a community event to introduce the organisation to local businesses. The event will be held at the new office Montague House, 23 Woodside Road, Amersham, from 5pm to 7pm on Thursday, February 25.
The aim is to provide an opportunity for collaboration and involvement, which are important factors in the charity’s unique approach and is demonstrated with the creation of each new nursing post, where the needs of children and their families are assessed to ensure that the Roald Dahl nurses meet these.
While this is a local event, the charity also hopes to raise awareness about the national reach of its work.
The first Roald Dahl nurse, appointed at Liverpool’s Alder Hey Hospital, was the first-ever specialist epilepsy children’s nurse in the UK and is still in post today.
The charity has recently appointed two new nurses at the Birmingham Children’s hospital, the first SWAN (Syndromes without a name) nurse in London and it will soon be appointing its first Roald Dahl nurse in Northern Ireland. It currently has 53 Roald Dahl nurses in post and the charity anticipates more will be in post where a need in determined.
The growing community of nurses, as well as its invaluable donors, are the lifeblood of the charity and, without their support, it would not be able to continue to help so many children and their families each year.
The charity hopes that by informing its new local neighbours about the national work it does, it can create further awareness and let many more communities know about how it aims to make life more marvellous for seriously ill children and their families.
Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity’s corporate partnerships and trust manager Clare Eynon said: “We are very excited about the opportunities the move to Amersham can bring for our charity and local businesses alike. We hope to build on our pre-existing partnerships and let the local and wider community know what we are planning in 2016 and beyond.” A CAR garage has been re-opened following an investment which was given in recognition of its service to the community.
Kwik Fit in Iver has been fully refurbished from the garage floor up having been chosen for the investment from more than 600 centres across the UK because of the commitment staff have shown in serving the local community.
The refurbishment has included a redesign of the reception area, and the inclusion of specialist equipment fo check wheel alignment.
The centre will offer a range of services including exhausts, brakes, tyres, MOT tests, car servicing, air conditioning and windscreen repair.
The site re-opened on Thursday, February 11, and parish council chairman Wendy Matthews went along for the occasion.
She said: “The investment that Kwik Fit has poured into the local centre is very good news for Iver and its motorists
“The village is very fortunate that the company selected the Iver branch for refurbishment over hundreds of others.
“It’s commendable that there’s an apprentice shop scheme in place to give young people a helping hand by creating jobs and giving them some valuable career skills.
“I hope young people in Iver will see the benefit and apply for the programme.”
The centre manager of Kwik Fit James Russell said: “It’s given the staff a real boost that our hard work has been recognised and that our centre has been given major investment.
“All the team at Iver branch take great pride in our work and now we have a working environment that matches our ambition to deliver the best possible service.
“It’s also good news for the community because we are now armed with top of the range equipment that will allow us to serve our customers even better than before.
“We are all really excited and can’t wait to get going.”