This year at Joyce Guiness we have decided to support two London based charities. With this, we intend to raise awareness for these charities and raise money through hosting an event and setting ourselves a challenge or two throughout the year.
We have selected two very different charities and we hope that they will both benefit from our efforts. The first of these charities is The Graham Hughes International Charity, for patients with Hughes syndrome (also known as “sticky blood”). This syndrome was only reported for the first time in 1983 and can have serious complications and negative health effects to those who have it. “Sticky blood” affects all ages, and both sexes. It is a major cause of thrombosis and a cause of stroke and heart attack if untreated. It can cause migraine, memory loss, and balance and visual problems. In women, Hughes syndrome is the most common, treatable cause of recurrent miscarriage.
The charity’s aim is: “to educate and empower patients by raising awareness globally about Hughes Syndrome” and to “promote better understanding and management of the condition by medical professionals, thereby improving patient care”. We hope that through supporting this charity, we will be able to raise awareness to help reduce the number of people affected.
The second charity that we have selected is They Mayhew. This is a charity that’s aim is to inform, change and improve animal welfare. The charity work with local communities and have initiatives to help the homeless who have animals, to ensure that they stay together. One of their other initiatives is ‘Therapaws’ which is where they take dogs to hospitals, care home, hospices and day centres across London in order to provide some companionship to those who can’t have their own animals. Run entirely on the money raised and donated to them, we hope to help them through our own donation at the end of the year. You can also help them too by volunteering yourself and your dog to go along on therpaws days!
To keep up to date with our progress throughout the year, keep an eye on our blogs and social media for the chance to join us in supporting these two great causes. To find out more about both charities and see what you could do for them yourself, clink on the links below.