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Cherishing the elderly, through sport therapy

by Alec Jones-Hall in Lichfield, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 21st September 2021 we successfully raised £10,070 with 102 supporters in 42 days

The funding will support provide community and sports therapy activities for free, on demand, creating a safe space for more disabled people

by Alec Jones-Hall in Lichfield, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

For the extra fund target of  1K, We have an additional outside space we would look to convert.

All monies raised will be used for providing even more care, and sports therapies and increase the space we have to accommodate more people .


We are Cherishers 811

Cherishers 811 CIC is rooted in rural Staffordshire and provides care and support in that area. We empower the Elderly & Disabled to stay active while living with a disability.  We respond to the community needs by providing focused care, community, and sports therapy activities for free, on demand.

Cherishers is Community led as we truly give a voice to those who need care in our community. We deliver activity in areas experiencing social and economic deprivation, as a rural community and focus on support for disabled people, and those from lower socio-economic groups. This includes home care, shopping, collecting prescriptions and sports therapy activities such as Adapted Chair Based Aerobics, Adapted Zumba, Adapted Pilates, adapted cycling and Stretching for The Elderly.

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What we do currently...

Our community space currently can host 8 vulnerable people -  but we need your help to be able to host more people! As well as improving the fitness of the of our elderly community, our adaptive sport initiatives help tackle loneliness by removing isolation. 

What we can do with your help

We need YOUR HELP to adapt and modernise our outside space so it is a welcoming and sociable place, Covid secure and accessible to everyone. In order to be able to continue making the area accessible to all, we urgently need to adapt the old courtyard and bring it into use.

You are helping us 'Build Back Better' after the pandemic, by addressing the health and wellbeing of vulnerable people, enabling them to participate in cycling and sports activities in a safe space. With the terrible economic impact, we have more demand for our therapies and classes.

Our adaptive sport activities have been a great way to overcome social isolation and something that people of all ages can get involved with. Such activities are even a good way for those in who attend our wellbeing room to come together and participate on a regular basis.

Some of the adaptive sports we provide:

  • Adapted Chair Based Aerobics 
  • Adapted Volleyball: Using a fabric covered inflatable ball and bunting in place of an official net.
  • Adapted Weightlifting: using resistance exercises using foam pool noodles, and the use of everyday objects such as water bottles as hand weights.
  • Adapted Boccia: modified them for older adult settings, by using of bean bags in place of specialist bowling balls.
  • Adapted Zumba 
  • Adapted Pilates 
  • Adapted Cycling
  • Stretching for The Elderly

We have an outside courtyard at the back of our community shop in which we would like to convert into a space that can welcome 20 vulnerable members at any time for adaptive sports activities, increasing capacity by 150%

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We now need your help to make this happen - Not only do we want to keep everyone COVID secure, we want to continue to develop our sports and wellbeing therapies so we can offer them to more vulnerable people.

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There is a window of opportunity at the moment where Sport England, under their ‘Active Together’ Crowdfunding initiative, will consider matching up to 50% of our initial target. We are going to apply for it and want to try and take advantage of the potential match funding from Sport England.  

Our Target

Cherishers 811 is aiming to raise £10000 to modify our courtyard and build an new disabled changing room as well as purchase the equipment needed to keep the sport participants safe and running throughout the different weather seasons. If we manage to raise more  we will develop an increased range of sports therapies so more elderly and vulnerable people can benefit from sport.  We are targeting the purchase of adapted bikes so that these can be used within our new space and the maintenance of unused bikes so that people can find their way back to cycling.

Before Covid we were working on plans to update the facilities, to potentially increase the number of spaces available for our sports therapy classes and find a place to host the events securely, then we had a MASSIVE uplift in demand for our carer and befriending services so we had to put our plans on hold. Help us to make our dreams a reality!

1628151808_shutterstock_1733075954.jpgWith your help we can change people’s lives.  Our ethos is to encourage ‘participation’ regardless of mobility or ability, experience, age, gender, background, or mental /physical capacity.  We want to provide more care, more therapy, more befriending, and activities for those who have a very challenging time being carers. We refuse to accept that coronavirus will impact upon our vision of Cherishing the elderly and vulnerable!

1628151597_shutterstock_178372568.jpgWhat we will do

Increasing the space available for adaptive sport activities will help overcome social isolation and enable more of those those in who attend our wellbeing room to come together and participate in adaptive sports. 

Our sports therapy activities include:

  • Chair Based Aerobics
  • Zumba
  • Pilates
  • Cycling
  • Green Therapy
  • Mental wellbeing exercises

Our outdoor recreation is focused on the disabled and elderly who want to feel in a 'safe space' whilst exercising.

With your help we will convert our courtyard to host 20 additional people for adaptive sports activities, doubling our capacity.

The economic situation means that people are not able to afford the care they deserve, they are also not able to afford additional therapies that can improve their mobility and wellbeing. 

Health and financial poverty are closely related issues, which both lead to worsened health outcomes as well as isolation and mental health issues. The economic issues from Covid mean more people need free yet compassionate care and companionship alongside active therapies to increase their mobility.

Cherishers will use the project to address the combined economic and health issues by providing free on demand sports therapy, care and support. Through our care vulnerable people are not alone.

What we will do with the funds raised

Monies raised will fund a disabled toilet/changing facility £6500, upgrade our outside yard / patio infrastructure to enable wheelchair and disability access £2000, and provide exercise equipment suitable for the disabled and elderly £500. We will additionally resource our careline £1000 to take bookings and deliver customer service.  

We have additionally applied to British Cycling fundraising for static bikes and to encourage repair of unused bikes so that people can find their way back to cycling.. As well as improving the fitness of the of our elderly community, our adaptive sport cycling initiatives help tackle loneliness by removing isolation. 

1628151609_cherisherss3.pngWhy support us - A word from our cherished community:

“Dear Cherishers,
Thank you for much for the befriending service that you have provided me with over the past 6 months. As someone who is registered blind and has severe Multiple Sclerosis, I don’t know how I would have managed without your assistance. During this pandemic, your support has been a lifeline to me and an assurance to my distant family that I am being looked after. I simply cannot thank you enough you are wonderful people!”
 

“To all the lovely team at Cherishers thank you so for much for all the shopping that you have done each week for us. When the 2nd lockdown came just didn’t know how we would manage, we were fearful and afraid. Yet you beautiful stepped up and provided us with care, companionship and showed us true community spirit! We will always be appreciative of your support during this difficult time”.
 

“Cherishers what a kind-hearted, selfless and compassionate team! My mother and I both contacted COVID and was rushed into hospital (intensive care). Sadly, my mother died, and I survived however I was left physically disabled from the disease. After surviving Covid and coming home following 3 months in hospital you provided me with the support to rebuild my life! Yet nothing has been too much for you… from Hospital appointments, doctor trips, cleaning my home, picking up my prescriptions and doing my shopping! I can honestly say that without your friendship and services I don’t think I would have wanted to face the world anymore! I am able to move on from the loss of my Mother knowing that I have a new family with the team at Cherishers who genuinely care THANK YOU”

“Thank you, Cherishers, for taking me to my hospital appointments and to get my COVID vaccination! Being 86yrs old and unable to drive the thought of having to catch 3 different busses to get to my appointment during this pandemic terrified me greatly! Yet your friendly carers Sharon & Sarah have been incredible… I am so grateful”

Thank you again on behalf of Cherishers for all of your support - it means so much! 

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 Please see our Rewards

All prints signed Iconic original professional photos of London from the Portobello London Gallery.

Size approx. 1m x 1m within mount borders.

London Bus Print, worth £100+  available for pledge of £75

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London LOVE Print, worth £100+  available for pledge of £75

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London Portobello Road Print, worth £100+  available for pledge of £75

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London Underground Print, worth £100+  available for pledge of £75

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£15 or more

2 of 5 claimed

£15 A box of Green & Blacks Organic Chocs RRP £18

A fab box of Green & Blacks Organic Connoisseur Collection Chocolates 540g Donated by Aspen Waite Food (RRP £18.00) See them here: https://www.justnatural.co.uk/products/green-blacks-organic-connoisseur-collection-540? thanks to https://aspenwaitefoods.co.uk

£4 or more

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£4 reward - come and see us cuppa and cake! RRP £5

Would you like to visit us and have a Cuppa and a handmade cake - we would love to welcome you so you can see the work we are doing and why it makes such a difference. We will show you around our activities and allow you to see why we Cherisher all our amazing clients - date arranged by mutual agreement.

£5 or more

3 of 10 claimed

20 items ironed for £5 RRP £12

We know how many of you hate ironing- and we at Cherishers love helping you. 20 items ironed for £5 Fast, efficient, friendly service with a quick turnaround Clean, smoke and pet free commercial environment (based in Rugeley Town Centre—Main High Street) Ironing will be returned to you on hangers with plastic covers or folded as required Free delivery and collection service Staff are fully trained and insured http://www.cherishers.co.uk/

£10 or more

1 of 5 claimed

£10 1 hour of cleaning by Cherishers RRP£12.50

At Cherishers our cleaning services fund the care we provide - and we take as much care with the cleaning as we do with the caring! We can do some dusting, clearing up and leave you more time to do what you want to do! Our local cleaners are fully trained, vetted and insured We use eco-friendly products and equipment. 1 hour cleaning within 10 miles of Rugeley, before 31/12/21 http://www.cherishers.co.uk

£10 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£10 Facebook social media course 25/11 RRP £54

Facebook Training for Business @ 11.30am on 25/11 worth £49.99 +£4.49 Fee. Provided by GB Expos. Our live online social media workshop gives attendees a basic and clear understanding of the core social media platforms and how to use social media for business. We deliver our courses in a language that everyone can understand from beginners to those with a general knowledge of social media. https://bit.ly/3xSKGt8

£10 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£10 Instagram social media course 25/11 RRP £54

Instagram Training for Business @ 1pm on 25/11 worth £49.99 +£4.49 Fee. Provided by GB Expos. Our live online social media workshop gives attendees a basic and clear understanding of the core social media platforms and how to use social media for business. We deliver our courses in a language that everyone can understand from beginners to those with a general knowledge of social media. https://bit.ly/3xSKGt8

£10 or more

1 of 5 claimed

£10 LinkedIn social media course 25/11 RRP £54

LinkedIn Training for [email protected] 10.00am on 25/11 worth £49.99 +£4.49 Fee. Provided by GB Expos. Our live online social media workshop gives attendees a basic and clear understanding of the core social media platforms and how to use social media for business. We deliver our courses in a language that everyone can understand from beginners to those with a general knowledge of social media. https://bit.ly/3xSKGt8

£14 or more

0 of 3 claimed

£14 30 minute facial from sports masseur RRP£35

A 30 minute facial massage from Cherishers sports masseur for a donation of £15 (RRP £35) Experience our facilities in Rugeley whilst having a facial delivered by our sports masseur, suitable for all ages. Donated by Cherishers

£15 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£15 Young Person Career development course RRP £59

Kickstart my Career is a wonderful career development course , written and recorded by young people to help other young people find a job. Donated by Purpol Marketing, we have secured 5 copies of the course worth £59 each to be donated to young people in need or you can opt to have the course yourself. If you would like the course, we will send you a coupon code so the course can be redeemed 31/10. Find out more at www.kickstartmycareer.co.uk

£15 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£15 Random Pamper gift - spoil yourself RRP £30

We have a selection of bath time pamper products donated by our friends SME Today, the small business magazine, that we will provide as a pamper hamper. Worth £30, these consist of a selection of bath and shower /beauty products. Let us Cherish you with a bath time surprise of luxurious pampering - we know you are worth it! thank you SME Today for these rewards https://www.smetoday.co.uk/

£20 or more

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Artistic Thank you card from our art therapist

We will send a personal thank you card, designed by our arts therapist, with a note from one of the people who has benefited from our sports therapy / care.

£20 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£20 Hand crafted candle RRP £35

We will send you to a lovely hand crafted candle, made by our of our local artisans, we have a collection of colours and fragrances that will be sent as a random surprise - they are all lovely! They are not available commercially as they are made by one of our lovely Cherishers Volunteers.

£20 or more

0 of 4 claimed

£20 GB Expos 3x Social media courses 25/11 RRP£129

GB Expos a leading social media training agency will provide a training session worth £129 on 25th Nov 2021. Featuring Facebook, LinkedIn &Instagram Would you like to generate more business via Social Media? Do you use Social Media to promote your business? https://bit.ly/2W10vRw "As a direct result of the social media workshop, we have signed up a new client worth over £40K."

£29 or more

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£29 A 60 minute facial from sports masseur RRP£65

£29 A 60 minute back massage from sports masseur RRP£65 This 60 minute massage is from Cherishers sports masseur for a donation of £29 (RRP £35) Experience our facilities in Rugeley whilst having a back massage delivered by our sports masseur, suitable for all ages. Donated by Cherishers

£30 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£30 Reward attend 3 fitness classes RRP £60

3 x class invites to attend one of our sports therapy classes including Pilates, Wheelchair Aerobics, Adapted Volleyball. You can do 3 of the same or different ones. Valid until end December 2021

£30 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£30 Home Care Service 3 x 1 hours RRP £55

Many families are opting for Home Care service because it puts them back in control of the support they receive. 3 x 1 hour visits - can include Help with washing and dressing Assistance with managing medicines Preparing and cooking nutritious meals Laundry, hoovering, tidying and cleaning Changing and making the bed Within 10 miles of Rugeley, Cherishers to provide by 31/12/21 http://www.cherishers

£50 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£50 Afternoon Tea / invite to sports therapy class

We would love to invite you as the guest of honour to our sports therapy class so you can hear first hand what a difference your donation has made to the lives of people. Also included is an afternoon tea with homemade cakes!

£75 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£75 Photo print of iconic London Bus RRP £100

Stunning iconic photo donated from the Portobello Arts Club Gallery 117. All prints signed Iconic original professional photos of London from the Portobello London Gallery. Size approx. 1m x 1m within mount borders.

£75 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£75 Print of iconic London Underground RRP £100+

£75 Photo print of iconic London Underground RRP £100+ Stunning iconic print donated from the Portobello Arts Club Gallery 117. All prints signed Iconic original professional photos of London from the Portobello London Gallery. Size approx. 1m x 1m within mount borders.

£75 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£75 Print of iconic London LOVE RRP £100+

£75 Print of iconic London LOVE doorway RRP £100+ Stunning iconic print donated from the Portobello Arts Club Gallery 117. All prints signed Iconic original professional photos of London from the Portobello London Gallery. Size approx. 1m x 1m within mount borders.

£75 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£75 Photo of London Portobello Road RRP £100+

£75 Photo of London Portobello Road RRP £100+ All prints signed - Iconic original professional photos of London from the Portobello London Gallery. Size approx. 1m x 1m within mount borders.

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