A mar­vel­lous way to mark a big an­niver­sary

Roald Dahl char­ity marks ex­pan­sion move with com­mu­nity cel­e­bra­tion

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.”

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