Agency takes on the world to raise cash for chil­dren’s trust

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

A HEALTH­CARE com­mu­ni­ca­tions agency’s char­ity foot­ball tour­na­ment has raised more than £1,000 for pro­foundly dis­abled chil­dren.

Ashfield Health­care Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, which has of­fices in Mac­cles­field and Tyther­ing­ton, took on a ‘rest of the world’ health­care team for a char­ity game at Mac­cles­field Rugby Club.

The health­care com­mu­ni­ca­tions agency made rais­ing funds and aware­ness for Seashell Trust their goal, and £1,300 has al­ready been pledged.

The trust, in Chea­dle Hulme, pro­vides year­round res­i­den­tial care for chil­dren and young peo­ple from across the coun­try, aged two to 25 years old, with pro­found learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties and sen­sory im­pair­ments.

They have some of the most com­plex needs and dis­abil­i­ties in so­ci­ety in­clud­ing deaf­ness, blind­ness and autism. All of them have some de­gree of brain dam­age, and crit­i­cally, all have lit­tle or no abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate.

Piers French, a se­nior strate­gist from Ashfield Health­care Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and chair of the Ashfield Cares Mac­cles­field com­mit­tee, said: “An­nu­ally, we or­gan­ise a foot­ball match be­tween our of­fices to raise money for a good cause. How­ever this year, we wanted to raise aware­ness with more peo­ple and not be lim­ited just to our com­pany. We are for­tu­nate to have friends in other health­care com­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pa­nies who were ea­ger to be in­volved.

“The event has be­come a tour­na­ment, with WRG, BioScript and LOVE LIVE Graph­ics all con­tribut­ing play­ers.

“To get into a ca­reer in health­care com­mu­ni­ca­tions, we have all ben­e­fited from the sup­port of teach­ers and fam­ily mem­bers.

“And all the peo­ple tak­ing part or sup­port­ing the event feel all chil­dren should get ac­cess to the learn­ing sup­port they need.

“Many of us have seen the ex­tra­or­di­nary pa­tience needed to raise a child with com­plex learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties and wanted to do any­thing we can to help – even in this small way.”

Wendy Bray, fundraiser from Seashell Trust, said: “It was a fan­tas­tic evening in bril­liant sun­shine. Thanks to all the play­ers that took part our stu­dents are the ones who will run out the winners at the end of the day.”

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Mem­bers of Ashfield Health­care Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and the ‘rest of the world’ team who took part in the tour­na­ment at Mac­cles­field Rugby Club, rais­ing money and aware­ness for the Seashell Trust

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