Each year Halsall chooses one charity to raise money for; this year’s chosen charity is the Lisa's Army.
Lisa’s Army was established by a wife and a mother of 2 children (aged 18 months and 5) from Frome. Lisa was diagnosed with terminal bowel and liver cancer in October 2017, aged just 32. Her story is inspirational and her fund raising has gained both local and national coverage.
After receiving the devastating news that her prognosis was terminal, Lisa chose to dedicate all of her time to raise awareness about the disease and also created a blog which reached in excess of 11,000 people. In hope that she could help other parents tell their young children the hardest thing any parent could be faced with, she wrote a book ‘Only One of Me’ which helps parents tell their children they are dying.
This charitable company is her lasting legacy and a culmination of her inspirational work. The charity has been created by Lisa to help others who have been given a terminal diagnosis. All funds raised will be used by the charity for others affected by cancer.
Bowel cancer is the second biggest cancer killer in the UK claiming more than 16,000 lives a year, that’s over 44 people every day!
1 in 14 men and 1 in 19 women will be diagnosed with bowel cancer during their lifetime. Bowel cancer is treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone diagnosed at the earliest stage will survive bowel cancer. However, this drops significantly as the disease develops. Early diagnosis really does save lives.
Andy Corp, Halsall’s Managing Director, is confident that Halsall can successfully raise £15,000 for this charity and is looking forward to supporting ‘Lisa’s Army’ throughout 2020 adding:
“Lisa’s Army is a charity that needs exposing. Lisa’s symptoms were overlooked and were never fully investigated, with bowel cancer being dismissed due to her young age. One of our colleagues and his family were close friends of Lisa’s and have been helping raise awareness and money for the charity since it’s creation. We’re passionate about this commitment which makes supporting ‘Lisa’s Army’ a worthwhile and moving venture. Lisa was determined to leave behind a long-lasting legacy not only for her and her family but to raise awareness and help others deal with bereavement. Knowing that the money we will be able to raise will help and be used to improve the lives of so many is something we are very proud to be a part of”
Each year Halsall ask all employees to nominate a charity that has individual personal significance to raise money for. This year there were four nominations put forward. They were:
Sepsis Trust – This is a charity that seek to save lives from sepsis, and improve outcomes for survivors, by instigating political change, educating healthcare professionals, raising public awareness and providing support for those affected by this devastating condition. They will protect people by enabling the prevention of severe infection and the treatment of sepsis, whist helping to ensure antibiotics are used responsibly.
MIND – This is a charity that provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
Mencap – This is a charity that is a leading voice of learning disability. Everything they do is about valuing and supporting people with a learning disability, and their families and carers. Their vision is a world where people with a learning disability are valued equally, listened to and included.
Ultimately, Halsall chose Lisa’s Army as the charity for 2019/2020. As a gesture Halsall donated £100 each to Sepsis Trust, MIND and Mencap.View the charities we have helped in the past:
During the Covid 19 Pandemic we raised £8,288.00 in 34 days for Bath RUH intensive care unit. We raised this money by our employees working together by: Cake sales, the 34km walk, Rainbow Teddy auction, selling our rainbow wrist bands, eating 34 crackers without taking a drink, the 34 hour spin relay and cycling 34km for 34 days straight!
We raised £20,094.27 for Southmead Hospital by, a golf day, Bristol 10k, dress down days, a football match and car washing.
We raised £13,000.00 for the Teenage Cancer Trust by, Cycle ride, football match, golf day, head shave, cake sales and dress down days.
We raised £3,203.00 for Ovarian Cancer by a golf day and dress down days.