EIC Support Programmes
Fourteen year old Cameron (Cam) has progressive muscle wasting Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Cam was in need of a special Dragon Powerchair at a cost of £24,000 which was far beyond the means of the family. This chair would give Cam the best chance of living life to the full, whatever DMD brings.
Cam lives in Gravesend with his mum and dad in a bungalow which they have adapted to meet Cam’s needs. In spite of his DMD, Cam always has a big sunny smile and an upbeat personality. So much so that he has won an award in the “Brave and Inspiring” category at the Ward & Partner’s Children’s Awards.
I am a young apprentice recovering from cancer, having lost a limb to the disease. The support of the EIC and partners was vital to keeping me on track to achieve my goal, which is to complete my apprenticeship.
Billy was 20 years old and in the final year of his apprenticeship at Bloom and Wake in East Anglia when life dealt him a terrible blow.
In November 2014 Billy was diagnosed with bone cancer. He went through intensive chemotherapy to try and save his limb. Sadly, the cancer was more aggressive than previously thought and to save his life, he lost his leg and half his hip. Following the surgery, the consultants informed Billy and his parents that the NHS was unable to fund a prosthetic limb for this kind of amputation. He would spend the rest of his life on crutches or in a wheelchair.
Even though I could do much of the electrical work, remodelling our home so our family could care for our seriously ill baby would not have been possible without the EIC. Under the Practical Participation Programme CEF provided over £7 000 of materials.
The Electrical Industries Charity, in partnership with City Electrical Factors (CEF), has made a difference in Holly Hatherall’s life by giving her independence and enabling the whole family to look forward to a brighter future.
Holly Hatherall is an eight-year-old girl who suffers from a Basal Ganglia damage due to a crisis at a very early stage in her life. This led to Dystonia in all her limbs – a condition which has prevented her body from functioning effectively.
My employer and the EIC worked together to provide an income when we lost our baby. It meant so much to be cared for at that time.
Mathew Clow and his wife Alexa had a 2½ year old daughter and a new baby daughter, Daisy, aged 3½ months. Sadly, Daisy had been born with a Mitrochrondial disorder and had severe brain damage – her life expectancy was just a few months. Alexa was on maternity leave and Mat had been signed off work by his GP; the hospice advised them to spend as much time together as a family and to build memories of their time together.
The family were only receiving minimal benefits, and Mat was very worried as to how they would manage their mortgage, heating and other essential bills during this very traumatic time.
Providing financial assistance when people need it most is just one small part of what the Electrical Industries Charity offers, but for many people this can make a huge difference to their lives.
This was very apparent in the case of Brendan Moseley, a young man who desperately wanted to go to university so that he could study to become an engineer.
Growing up Brendan was faced with a number of challenges which saw him caring for his sister from a very early age and as a result he finished school without any formal qualifications. For several years he struggled to find a job until he began an apprenticeship with a local electrician and subsequently enrolled on a day release course at a local Further Education college.