Helen’s dream comes true and raises donations for charity

Helen Fearis from Braintree Essex has fulfilled her birthday wish and helped Essex Dementia Care and Cancer Research with a generous donation. 

Helen’s dad, John suffered from vascular dementia and sadly passed away five years ago.  Both dementia and cancer in its various forms has affected close friends and family and so Helen chose the two charities that resonated with her experiences the most.  Decision made; it was all action from there. Helen booked her Tandem skydive then appealed to supporters to make donations to ensure a better future for many people in the community. 

Helen says “I was amazed at how much I was able to raise and to learn how many people around me had been directly affected by dementia. 

The sky dive was amazing, I have been smiling ever since and would love to do it all again. Touching a cloud and flying like a bird in the sunshine was the best feeling. I know I will always smile when I look up to the clouds. I did the skydive at Beccles UK parachuting, Tibi put me at ease and Pip took some amazing photos to treasure.”

Kelly Bleasdale, Senior Manager for Essex Dementia Care says “It was a lovely surprise when we were contacted by Just Giving to say that Helen had selected us for a donation.  We are incredibly grateful to Helen for choosing us.  As a small Essex based charity, we do rely on donations to keep supporting clients and loved ones with activity centred dementia care and we cannot thank Helen and her sponsors enough for their kindness.

Dementia diagnoses are on the rise and set to rise even further in the future, it is important that we help people to remain active and independent for as long as possible.  At EDC we are all about making new happy memories and pleased that Helen could fulfil her dreams whilst helping others to improve their lives.”

Kelly continues “We appeal to others in the community to follow Helen’s example by using their hobbies, interests or sporting activities to raise donations where possible and would be delighted to hear from anyone who we could support to accomplish this.”

To discuss your fund raising ideas please contact EDC by calling 01245 363 789 or e-mail info@essexdementiacare.org.uk.

We have promised to help more people with DEMENTIA in 2024 and are happy to announce the opening of a new ‘Every Day Counts’ activity centre in WRITTLE, Chelmsford.

Click below to read about the opening of our new activity centre this January.