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Support Praxis Care’s 12 days of Christmas Campaign!

Praxis Care the leading charity who provide care and support for adults and children with learning disability, mental ill health, acquired brain injury and older people with dementia is asking you to support their work this Christmas in 12 separate ways.

For the 12 days of Christmas there are 12 different ways to support Praxis Care:

  1. Buy a Christmas Pudding for £5 made by Praxis Care service users
  2. Agree to sell raffle tickets for the Praxis Care New Year raffle at £1 each and have a chance of winning a trip for two to Los Angeles
  3. Send a Christmas wish to Praxis Care service users this Christmas on  www.praxicare.org.uk
  4. Become a volunteer
  5. Agree to take part in the St Valentine’s Diet Challenge
  6. Start training and run a marathon for Praxis Care in 2011
  7. Become a fan of Praxis Care on facebook or twitter
  8. Take part in the Abbey Real Estate / Praxis Care Golf Classic at Hilton Templepatrick 20th May 2011
  9. Take a part in a fundraising street or shopping centre collection
  10. Join a Friends of Praxis Care Group
  11. Sign up to receive regular updates with the Praxis Care ezine newsletter
  12. Make a simple donation via www.praxiscare.org.uk

Paul Collins Assistant Director of Fundraising & Communications says:

“Praxis Care is asking the general public to support our work by thinking about the ways in which they could support charity this Christmas.  There are a range of options offered and they can decide which best suits their life style and budget.”

If you want to know more about the work of Praxis Care visit www.praxiscare.org.uk

Notes to editors

The work of Praxis Care can be best illustrated by the accompanying story of Amanda and Cherly, which shows how Praxis Care is helping one family this Christmas.

For further information about the work of Praxis Care call Paul Collins Assistant Director – Fundraising & Communications 079 187 205 54 paulcollins@praxiscare.org.uk

Praxis Care is one of the largest charities providing care for vulnerable children and adults affected by mental ill heath, learning disability, acquired brain injury and dementia in Northern Ireland, England, the Republic of Ireland and the Isle of Man. Praxis Care provides a range of accommodation and support services for 1,432 people in 66 separate units.

The story of Amanda and Cherly

Praxis Care provides a wide range of services including supporting families who are caring for a disabled child or young person who may have severe learning disabilities, life limiting conditions and display behaviours that are challenging.

Praxis Care support these families and the children by providing residential short breaks and home based respite services.

The services give the whole family the opportunity to “recharge their batteries”, the parents a chance to spend more time with their other children or simply just get some rest and provides the disabled child or young person with new opportunities and experiences.

The comments from Amanda who is the sole carer for her sister Cheryl, who has a severe learning disability, illustrates the importance of the residential short break service.

“From when my mum died, I have had sole responsibility for looking after Cheryl.

The service provided by Praxis Care at one of their residential children’s homes has been a big part of our life.

My own health has not been great so I couldn’t have coped

Without them I would have been totally lost.

They offer a great range of activities and support and Cheryl really enjoys staying there.

She is in a comfortable environment – I really couldn’t thank them enough.

Basically for me it is the stability of knowing she is safe here.

If anything occurred they are quick to let me know.

We work well together.

I wouldn’t have anywhere else other than here.

I have been very lucky in that respect “

Many of the parents of the children and young people that Praxis Care support could not continue in their caregiving role without these services. The children and young people also value the service because:-

  • They have fun with peers and meet new people.
  • They enjoy a different  safe, homely and friendly environment.
  • They enjoy different activities and play opportunities in the residential unit that may not exist in their own home.
  • They also have “Luxury Me Time” i.e. having more personal time for individual activities than sometimes a parent alone can give.

For more information about Praxis Care and how to support their work with vulnerable adults and children visit www.praxiscare.org.uk or call 028 90 234555 to get a free information pack.

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