On 1st February between 10am and 1pm, we will be hosting a very special event here at the Edlington Hilltop Centre. The Staff, Volunteers and Centre Users will be extremely proud to be standing side-by-side with one of our very special Volunteers, Gemma Kelly, who will undertake the Mohawk challenge to raise vital funds for the Sheffield Hospitals Charity during a coffee morning event.
Gemma has Cystic Fibrosis, and has received fantastic care over the course of her life from the NHS champions across the Sheffield Hospitals, especially the Cystic Fibrosis wards over the last few years. Gemma invites everyone in the Community to help her raise funds to support these fantastic wards and the patients who rely on their support.
Gemma has been part of the Hilltop Family for over 7 years, when she took her first steps as an adult learner undertaking her ICT Level 1 qualification at our popular computer course classes. After a couple of years of dedication and commitment to her studies, she progressed through to ICT Level 5 (Degree Level), which was an amazing achievement.
Gemma then started her volunteering journey helping others to achieve their ICT qualification as a Learning Support Assistant, which she still does today despite the devastating effects that Cystic Fibrosis can have on her health and well-being.
Gemma said “ the Cystic Fibrosis ward is a fantastic self-funded ward with a dedicated specialist team of staff. People with Cystic Fibrosis as adults sometimes need to spend weeks to months in hospital, several times a year and need a high-calorie, high-fat diet to help fight chest infections and keep weight on. The Cystic Fibrosis Ward at Sheffield is really important as it serves patients from Sheffield to Doncaster to Cleethorpes and is the only specialised care in these areas. The ward rooms are isolated as people with Cystic Fibrosis are dangerous to each other in terms of infections and there is a kitchen on the ward to provide 24 hour meals and snacks to ensure patients get the extra calories they need.”
Gemma added “I love my volunteer work at Edlington Hilltop Centre. I love that they give me a chance to do something with my life that’s useful. They make me feel involved and included and they are much more the reason of why I volunteer than just doing it for myself.”
We will also be promoting our upcoming “Be Online Week” campaign, when we will be promoting the wonderful work we do at the Edlington Martinwells Centre as part of the Community Health Scheme. This includes:
Staying Healthy with NHS Choices
The NHS Choices website is a great way to find health information, provide feedback and hear about people’s experiences. There’s loads of advice about medicine and symptoms. The website can also help you make other important decisions about your health.
The ‘Staying healthy with NHS Choices’ course will show you how to make the most of this fantastic website. Visit NHS Choices Website
GP Services Online
Most GPs will have a website and offer some online services, you can find out more about these with our course ‘Using GP services online’.
As well as the above courses, the Being healthy pages of Learn My Way have links to a whole host of other digital health resources. This information can help you do everything from assessing your fitness, to finding support in dealing with cancer and taking care of mental health.
Let’s support Gemma and make this special event one to remember while raising vital funds for the support of people with Cystic Fibrosis. See you on the day.