KFA Test Team – Beachfront Charity Walk for Friedreich’s Ataxia
KFA Test Team – Beachfront Charity Walk for Friedreich’s Ataxia
The KFA Test Team have organised a sponsored charity walk on Sunday, the 15th October in support of Friedreich’s Ataxia which is a condition which affects the wife of one of our colleagues.
The day is fast approaching and they have all been training hard in the lead up to this challenge (or at least that is their story!). The team will be walking along Dorset’s coastline all the way from Hengistbury Head to Sandbanks – a total of 17 miles!!
Let’s hope it stays dry for them!
Please support them by donating to this cause.
All the proceeds raised will go to Ataxia UK charity.
If you would like to support them in their effort to raise £500.00, please visit their Just Giving page
Good luck team, you can do it!!
KFA Test Team ‘Walk for Wheels’ for Anna
With the World Para Athletics Championships well underway in London, it seems a good time to share my own story of disabled challenges…
by KFA Test Analyst, Dan Hammond
My wife Anna is a wheelchair user and an adventurous wheelchair user at that. One of the main things that enables her to continue being adventurous and active while her condition worsens over time… is a powered wheelchair.
Her current powered chair is over 10 years old and is becoming unreliable and harder to maintain. To the extent that it can break down and leave her stranded – which is obviously a bit of a worry, especially if she is out on her own.
So Anna and I will be completing a number of sponsored challenges this year!
Not only to raise the money so desperately needed to buy her a new chair; but in the hope that we may also inspire other disabled people to get out there, be adventurous and push the boundaries of their physical capabilities, as well as peoples preconceptions of what is achievable.
The challenges will test us both and will also probably be a test for Anna’s ageing power wheelchair. In fact, some of the sponsor money may have to be spent on several rolls of gaffer tape to hold the old wheelchair (and possibly me as well) together!
Fundraising is the only way we can get her a new powered wheelchair, which is vital in enabling her to continue enjoying her passions of the great outdoors, dog walking and continuing her voluntary work with the Girl Guides. It will go a long way in allowing her to live a normal life for as long as she can.
In addition to our own personal challenges, my fellow KFA Test Team members have also nobly stepped up to the plate and showed great support by setting up their own 17 mile sponsored ‘Walk for Wheels’ along Bournemouth sea front. Their intrepid effort is very much appreciated and typical of the personal support always offered by everyone at KFA.
Thanks, guys & gals!
You can read more or sponsor us here on Anna’s fundraising page, or take a look at the links to all our planned challenges, below.
Ringwood Carnival Sponsorship
KFA Sponsor Ringwood Carnival
We are thrilled to be Bronze Sponsors of Ringwood Carnival again this year, for the second year running!
Following our office relocation from Wimborne St Giles to Ringwood back in May 2016, we really wanted to get involved in Ringwood life and this seemed a really great way to do that!
The Carnival is on Saturday the, 16th September 2017 – a fun day of events including an afternoon procession at 2:00 pm and evening procession at 7:15 pm
Ringwood Carnival is a charity and the event helps support the local community.
There will be Community Floats, Marching Bands, Steam Engine & Feature Cars, Kids Entertainers, Charity Stalls, Face Painting, Food Stalls, Adlam’s Funfair and Fireworks at 9:30 pm.
See you there!
KFA Connect help out for a day at Naomi House & Jacksplace
Sixteen enthusiastic members of the KFA Connect team help out at Naomi House & Jacksplace.
We took on a number of jobs in the gardens and grounds of Naomi House & Jacksplace hospice with the usual KFA attitude – to get the job done and do it to the best of our ability.
We were ready for action! Some of us were a bit worried that our skill set didn’t lend itself very well to a day of gardening – but we didn’t need to worry as we were not allowed anywhere near any flowers (very wise).
Half the team got to work rubbing down the amazing ‘pirate ship’ area in the main garden and gave it a coat of stain to protect it from the weather and rain. We also had the opportunity to see some children using the play equipment in the garden, which is a really well-equipped fun and safe area for them.
The other half of the team (who possibly drew the short straw) were shifting wheelbarrow after wheelbarrow of breeze blocks, bricks, tiles and other building materials. They needed to be moved from a storage area into a skip, to make space for a new storage shed. My hat goes off to this team as they had been given the dirtiest and heaviest task – but frankly, didn’t seem to care and when offered the chance to swap roles at lunchtime, were horrified at the thought of not being able to finish what they had started….
We also stained the shed where they store the outdoor play equipment like the helmets, bikes, scooters and trikes for the children to use in the garden.
In the morning we were very happy that the weather was so amazing and we all had the chance to spend the day outside, then halfway through the day we were wishing is wasn’t quite so hot. An ice-cream (thanks to Joe’s wife, Laura) came at just the right time in the day to keep us all going!
We managed to finish everything – just in time for some amazing homemade cake provided by Naomi House, which was very much appreciated! We also got the chance to meet an amazing young girl who benefits from being able to use this facility – she was interested in what the noisy lot in the garden were up to and it was lovely to meet her!
We left with a great sense of pride in what we had achieved and how well we had worked as a team. We had great fun, but it also really brought it home to all of us how fortunate we are and how helping the children, young adults and families in the way Naomi House & Jacksplace do, is crucial for these families who so need their help.
A very humbling experience…
Thanks for having us Naomi House & Jacksplace!
Written by: Nicki Smith
We were pleased to offer our help to Fordingbridge based charity Lotus Flower Trust this week, by making essential changes to their website.
Lotus Flower Trust funds the building of schools and homes in remote, rural and often environmentally challenging areas of India.
The Fordingbridge based charity, led by John Hunt concentrate their efforts in the mountainous Himalayan areas of Ladakh, Uttrakhand and support the Salt Workers’ children in Gujarat.
KFA Connect were happy to have been able to help Lotus Flower Trust again this week by making updates to the website we built for them in 2013.
We added a plug-in to allow them to easily upload new photos of their great work and keep followers up to date with the current and completed projects on their website. This will also be a huge help for them to generate help and funding for future projects.
To find out about the unique opportunity to work alongside local communities in India or other ways you could help click here
The KFA Connect team wish Lotus Flower Trust a successful 2017!
We are excited to announce that we have selected Naomi House & Jacksplace as our chosen charity to support in 2017.
We came to this decision very democratically, with the help of votes from the KFA team and also by running a poll on social media to help us decide who we should support this year.
The winner, by a sizeable margin was Naomi House & Jacksplace and we are excited to get started on some fundraising ideas for this great cause!
Naomi House & Jacksplace hospices provide expert hospice care to more than 340 life-limited and life-threatened children, young people and their extended families from Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Berkshire, West Sussex, Surrey and the Isle of Wight.
Their nursing, care, play and family support teams are experts in delivering the crucial emotional, spiritual and developmental aspects of care that families need.
We hope to raise as much money as possible for this great cause this year and have already started getting our thinking caps on…
For more information about the charity click here
We are thrilled that a ‘KFA Connect’ water pump has now been built in as a result of our support of AquAid!
We are aware that keeping our staff members hydrated will aid them to perform at their very best throughout the work day. As a result, we decided to invest in watercoolers from AquAid – and have done for a number of years now.
Our unique relationship with AquAid has also given our company the opportunity to help those less fortunate than ourselves, because with each purchase an automatic donation is made to the Africa Trust.
These funds are used to build ‘Elephant Pumps’ – a modified version of an age old Chinese rope pulley system. One such pump has now been installed in Zimbabwe, Africa on our behalf and it will be a much needed source of clean and fresh drinking water for many decades.
To date AquAid have built over 5,000 such Elephant Pumps across parts of Zimbabwe, Malawi and Liberia; and have donated £12 million to charity and helped bring a life-time supply of clean, fresh drinking water to more than 2 million people.
To find out more about Aquaid click here
Wave 105 ‘Mission Christmas’ Cash for Kids Appeal 2016
There are 88,635 children living in poverty in the Wave 105 region…
Once again this year the KFA Connect team have donated toys and presents for these children, to try and help make their Christmas morning special.
The collection was organised by our Test Manager, Jacquie Webber (pictured above) and the KFA team have donated each Christmas since the appeal first started.
Also this year we joined in for ‘Christmas Jumper Day’ fun on Friday, 9th December. By holding a cake sale and making donations instead of sending each other Christmas cards we raised an additional £35.00 for the appeal.
Spot the David Brent impersonation at the front…!?!
For more info about Cash for Kids Mission Christmas click here.
This October KFA were proud to sponsor the Pop 4 Diabetes ‘Child of Courage’ Awards.
Pop 4 Diabetes celebrated their 10th year anniversary in style, holding the event at the Bournemouth Hilton Hotel on Saturday, 15th October 2016 and KFA Connect were proud to be a part of it…quite literally.
The awards took place during an amazing Grease themed evening with our very own Lauren Elphick from the KFA Connect test team performing as ‘Rizzo’.
Eastenders stars Harry Reid and Jamie Borthwick presented the awards and were on hand to give Lauren some well-earned attention following her performance!
Pop 4 Diabetes is fundraising research into a cure for Type 1 Diabetes and this continued research and the support they have received means a cure has now become a real possibility.