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AWE gives £5k to charity

AWE has donated £5000 to a local charity that supports children with Cystic Fibrosis (CF).

The charity Anna's Challenges support children in Basingstoke and surrounding areas that attend the North Hampshire Hospital.

AWE is committed to supporting local and national charities with donations, sponsorship and practical help.

The charity helps children and their families by buying essential equipment that the CF team don’t have the budget to buy. These items will help make the children's day-to-day lives a bit easier and hopefully in some cases, add some fun.

An AWE staff member Vicky Thomas whose son suffers from CF nominated this charity for this cash lump sum after receiving support.

Charity Trustee Rachel Marke who set up the charity after her daughter Anna was diagnosed said: “I was overwhelmed, it is such a fantastic amount and was totally unexpected! It will go a long way to helping make a difference to children with cystic fibrosis in our local area and to the CF team at the North Hampshire Hospital. With this money we can continue to donate physiotherapy and medical equipment, physio toys, provide outings for the CF Sibling Support Group, offer activity grants and travel grants for hospital visits. We are so very grateful to AWE for their generosity and support; it will really make such a difference!”

Vicky said: “When my ten year old son was diagnosed with CF it was very overwhelming at first. Not least because my son was put on lots of different medications and his diet was drastically changed.

“During this huge upheaval Anna’s Challenge and the hospital staff were there when we needed someone to answer any questions no matter how trivial and they made my family feel like we weren’t alone. Anna’s challenge have a sibling support group which has helped my youngest son as the children who attend the activities all have siblings with CF which allows him to relate to them and talk to them about how he feels.

“They also pay towards fun activities that help the children without them knowing it’s for health reasons for example wind instrument tuition which will help with lung development. Anna’s challenge doesn’t just focus on the child it helps the whole family understand and come to terms with the illness and how best to live with it.”

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