Making a difference

A lovely piece written by Louise Wright of chYps about an act of kindness that made a difference…

Back in March 2011 I enjoyed my first outing as a Senior Corporate Fundraiser at a ladies pamper evening organised by Jan and Reshma from Buss Murton at Champneys in Tunbridge Wells.  It was a bit nerve-wracking as this would also be the first time I had spoken publicly about chYps – but I didn’t need to worry, I was egged on by a fabulous group of ladies who all wanted to know more about chYps.

The evening kicked off at Champneys with many of us enjoying a free facial or a manicure.  I was hoping that everyone would be relaxed enough to not worry but about me stumbling my way through a prepared presentation that was slowly receding from my memory – and I was right – the ladies were intrigued enough to ask questions, buy raffle tickets and promise to tell their own circle of friends family and colleagues about chYps.

One lady who came forward immediately to offer support was Caroline Ort of Powder & Glow.  A friend of hers had a son who had gone through leukaemia treatment and Caroline was well aware of the how this illness can affect not only the patient but the whole family.  The stresses and strains financially and emotionally are enormous and Caroline had watched her friends go through the deep highs and lows of a family battling a serious illness.

Caroline’s offer was to organise a makeover for a patient and their relative and she would organise the make-up, hair and photography.  I knew that giving a patient the opportunity to enjoy some quality time with people most dear to them whilst being photographed and made up by professionals would be a dream for many of our patients – I couldn’t wait to get back to the office to share this news with our specialist nurses.

Caroline is a member of the Tunbridge Wells Mums in Business network and is therefore a supporter of chYps through this group.  She is a fantastic supporter of the charity, offering many raffle prizes and time to support the various events.  Not long ago the make-over day arrived and Caroline finally got to meet one of our patients and give mum and daughter an enormous gift – a lovely day which was beautifully captured and will be no doubt be a lasting memory for our patient and her mum.

We know the day was magical for mum and daughter and we cannot thank Caroline enough for all of her efforts and giving our patient such a memorable day.  Thank you Caroline from everyone at chYps.

Louise Wright

Senior Corporate Fundraiser

chYps in Mid & SW Kent

Email: louise.wright@chyps.org

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