Once in a while, we all face difficult times that can stand in the way of leading a fulfilling life.

Once in a while, we all face difficult times that can stand in the way of leading a fulfilling life. But when a challenge becomes overwhelming, whether a personal or work-related one, the impact can be devastating for the individual and their loved ones. The Electrical Industries Charity (EIC) understands how a little extra help can make all the difference to those who are faced with unforeseen circumstances and this is why they launched the Employee and Family Support Programme (E&FSP) which is part of the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).

Through the E&FSP which is funded by powerLottery, EIC can help people like Kelly Mitchell to retain independence and look forward to the future. In 2014, Kelly’s life changed in the blink of an eye when at the age of 36 she was diagnosed with Cervical Dystonia. A cruel, painful and life-changing illness, Cervical Dystonia causes the head and neck muscles to contract involuntarily which results in muscle spasms and abnormal posture of the head and neck.

When she was first diagnosed, Kelly was told that the only treatment to ease the symptoms of Cervical Dystonia was Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) which was not available to her due to the high risks involved and her young age. This is when she felt that her world was falling apart, and the constant pain meant that she struggled to get through every day.

After months of constant battle and endless research she found a specialist who confirmed that her jaw discs were displaced on both sides which were obstructing the nerves and triggering the painful muscle spasms. An oral orthotic, which would gradually move her cranial bones, teeth and jaw into place was the only suitable treatment – but it came at an unaffordable cost. Kelly’s employer put her in touch with EIC who provided £10,000 towards the funding of the revolutionary treatment.

Kelly is now embarking on the long journey towards recovery and all because people like you donated just £1 a month to powerLottery and allowed EIC to change Kelly’s life through the Employee & Family Support Programme.

Without the funds that are generated through powerLottery, EIC would not be able to help people like Kelly Mitchell - in this case, providing funding for the life-changing treatment. In the electrical sector, there are hundreds of people like Kelly, who are in desperate need of assistance with many unexpected life challenges. You can be part of giving your industry colleagues and their families the independence they need to live more fulfilling lives by simply signing up to be an EAP partner or by playing powerLottery today. Help EIC to change the lives of many more people within our sector.

For further information or to take part, please contact Jess Vailima: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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