An update on Momentum- our charity of the year for 2017

 

Colets Health and Fitness have chosen Momentum children’s charity as their Charity of the Year for 2017. We are celebrating our 40th anniversary this year and as part of that we wanted to give something back to the community that has supported us and made us what we are today. Over the years, we have been involved with many charities on an ad-hoc basis; this year we wanted to make it a bit more special and really make a difference. As a one-off independent club, we wanted to support a local charity and, being a family-orientated club, Momentum was the perfect fit.

 

What really stuck with us when selecting Momentum was the story of how the charity was founded. In 2004, Bianca Effemey, Founder and Chief Executive, was working in the Paediatric Department at Kingston Hospital. She recognised that small touches could make a huge difference to families with seriously ill children. Along with two parents, she founded Momentum to fill a much-needed gap; initially buying a fridge for the hospital to stock ice creams for the children and putting families in touch with others who were in the same situation.

 

Today Momentum provides so much to so many families. Being told your child has cancer or another life-limiting condition is devastating. Day-to-day life is turned upside down. Momentum supports the entire family during times of unimaginable strain – the children and their parents, but also siblings and grandparents. Momentum is there to make sure that no family has to cope alone. Momentum offers individually-tailored support through their family support programme, offering emotional and practical help as well as a range of therapy services including music, dance and drama. Momentum aim to ease some of the stresses that come with a grueling treatment plan, so provide trips, treats and respite holidays. They also work hand in hand with local hospitals to improve the facilities and healing environment for children during hospital stays.

 

We will be rallying staff and members to get involved, and plan to support Momentum by both fundraising and raising awareness of the great job they do. Keep an eye out for our sponsored events taking place throughout the year and if you’d like to find out more about Momentum please visit their website moment-um.org.