Printware is proud of its track record in supporting charities, both globally and closer to home. In the midst of an eventful and productive summer, a group of Printware employees walked 40 miles across the South Downs, from Winchester to Midhurst, to raise money for Dreams Come True. The event was split over two days with an overnight stay in the middle and was a great opportunity to make a difference to the lives of seriously ill children.
Since 1988 Dreams Come True has been granting the wishes of children living with long-term and life-threatening illnesses. Many children with serious illnesses face an endless cycle of hospital visits, painful treatment and a daily struggle to do the things that most children take for granted. With little or nothing to look forward to, seriously ill children and their families can become frustrated and depressed, so fulfilling a dream can give them something positive to focus on and the strength to keep going.
Each child's dream is different and can range from meeting a favourite celebrity or swimming with dolphins to specially-adapted equipment to make everyday life easier. One such child is Benjamin, aged seven, who has quadriplegic cerebral palsy. Benjamin is confined to a wheelchair and unable to speak and, after 12 months of operations, his parents wanted him to have something to look forward to. Dreams Come True was able to help Benjamin by sending him to Disneyland Paris and then on to the Dordogne to visit his grandparents.
It was the desire to help children like Benjamin that inspired the guys from Printware to don their walking shoes. Stuart Bettey, Leon Windsor, Rob Gray, Chris Brown, Jez Warren, Andy Leighton and John Wells gave up their weekends and risked life and limb (or at least slight embarrassment) to raise valuable funds for a worthy cause. Weary and footsore after a 40-mile trek across the English countryside, they were able to relax with a well-earned pint, safe in the knowledge that their efforts had made a real difference.
Once the final figures had been tallied, Dreams Come True was able to confirm that Printware had managed to raise the impressive sum of £1932.42, which will help to ensure that more children like Benjamin will have their dreams fulfilled in the future. If you'd like to find out more about Dreams Come True, or make a donation, please visit the website here
by Anthony Morgan