Trailblazing for Compass Disability Services
In what is quite possibly the world’s shortest sponsored walk, a team of fundraisers will be feeling the heat later this month in a sponsored firewalk.
With a burning desire to raise money, and blood pressure, fundraisers, or more aptly, daredevils, will be hot-footing it over scorching coals (reaching approx. 800 degrees) to raise money for Compass Disability Services.
Inclusion for all
Compass Disability Services is a user-led organisation dedicated to inclusion and equality of opportunity for all disabled people.
Through a range of services, including focus groups, research projects and independent living support, Compass Disability Services provides direct support and advice to disabled people and carers to enable them to make decisions that can improve their quality of life.
Giving people a voice
Michelle Edwards, operations manager (and apprentice daredevil) for Compass Disability Services, will be joining them.
Michelle believes Compass Disability Services is more than just providing support packages. She considers their work to play a crucial part in giving disabled people a chance to be heard.
She said: “We give disabled people a voice as well as provide support services to enable them to manage their care packages, live independently if they so choose and, for carers, to find time away from their caring responsibilities and look after their own health and wellbeing.”
The Somerset-based charity also works in partnership with local government, the NHS, Social Services and other voluntary sector and charitable organisations to promote independence, choice and control.
Compass Disability Services relies on the generosity of donors, local grants and the work of fundraisers to continue providing this valuable service.
For fundraiser Michelle, this is a chance to give something back. She said: “I, like my colleagues, love to work as hard as we can to raise funds in our own time so that we continue to develop the range of services and facilities that we offer.”
Sharing the challenge online
She said: “MyDonate has given us a great opportunity to raise cash online, this is a brand that people trust and by using Facebook and Twitter to get in touch with my family and friends, sharing the MyDonate link was simple.”