Hawaiian therapy raises over £70030th March 2016
Employees of Leicester based BillSaveUK chilled out for the Easter break last Thursday 24th March with a Hawaiian themed day to raise almost £750 for Army personnel rehabilitation charity, Deptherapy.
Spreading some Pacific sunshine on an otherwise cloudy day, employees of the national energy saving business said ‘Aloha’
through fancy dress, raffles and food stalls in aid of the charity which runs specially adapted scuba diving programmes for seriously injured UK armed service personnel.
Deptherapy was nominated for the event by BillSaveUK’s Commercial Support Coordinator, Gemma Middleton. Her brother, Chris was a victim of a roadside bombing in Helmand in 2011 whilst with his regiment the Scots Dragoon Guards. Losing his left leg above the knee and right leg below, Chris has followed a rehabilitation programme over the past five years with Deptherapy – so much so, that now aged 25, he is well on his way to becoming the first double amputee diving instructor in the world.
Gemma said: “Watching my brother’s journey over the past five years has been an inspiration to myself
and many others. He’s told me that when he’s under water he feels weightless and can once again do everything an able-bodied person can do – and helps him forget about his injury.”
BillSaveUK colleagues arrived at work for the day wearing grass skirts, flower garlands, giant sunglasses and even carrying ironing boards masquerading as surf boards. And, money was raised through raffles, fancy dress competitions, cake sales and a mouth watering selection of freshly cooked food to give a real taste of paradise, including a giant paella.
Gemma continued: “We had a lot of fun with our Hawaiian day and I’d like to thank all my colleagues for their generosity. The money raised will go towards making a difference to the lives of so many other seriously injured Army personnel.”
Jon Sleightholme, BillSaveUK Human Resources Director, added: “Deptherapy is an incredible charity and while it was good for everyone to have a bit of fun and downtime before the Easter break, we were all taking part and making our donations in the knowledge that the money raised was going towards a very worthy cause.
“Our thanks go to Gemma for nominating Deptherapy and we wish her brother Chris well on his journey to becoming a scuba diving instructor.”