SAIF President’s Charities for 2015 to 2016

April 17, 2015   //   No Comments

It gives me enormous pleasure to be able to introduce my charities for the year.

child bereavement uk full colour cmyk 100 pixelsChild Bereavement UK offer exceptional support for families who have lost children, and children who have lost a loved one. They also provide training to professionals including schools, giving teachers the tools they need to help the children in their care affected by bereavement. We have all been touched by Child bereavement and know how important it is that support is available.

epilepsy action 100 pixels My second charity is a personal one. 18 months ago my children’s world was rocked when they woke one morning to find that their beloved Grampa had died following a seizure. He had lived with Epilepsy for over 25 years but one evening he did not recover. The shock of that night still ripples through the heart of my family, and that is why I have chosen Epilepsy Action as my second charity this year.

I am writing this the day after Purple day, an international Epilepsy awareness day, where around the world people dress in purple, host purple bake offs and generally have a host of purple fun. Last night we held a Purple day event and my 8-year-old daughter cut her 29” hair to raise money.  So far we have donations totalling well over £650.  We are so very proud of her, and grateful to everyone who donated.  The hair itself is being donated to the Little Princess Trust, who provide real-hair wigs for children that have lost their hair through cancer treatment.

We have a number of challenges planned this year. I perhaps foolhardily have agreed to complete the West Highland Way in June 2015. This is a 96 mile walk from Glasgow to the West Highlands, usually completed over 7 days, however under the leadership of Brian Hart from SAIFInsure we are going to attempt to complete the walk in 3 days!

A climb up Snowdon is planned for July 11th. This is an easy climb and an enjoyable day out, hopefully a good number of funeral directors and associates will join us on what is sure to be a fun-filled day and if the weather is kind to us, some spectacular views.

Further details to follow.  Remember that you can support my charities by donating online here.

Gemma O’Driscoll, SAIF President