The Electrical Industries Charity (EIC) is presenting the industry with the opportunity to help those in need by signing up to the Practical Participation Programme (PPP).
The PPP, which is part of the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) and is funded by powerLottery, offers companies within the electrical sector a chance to get involved by volunteering their time, equipment and materials to provide the best practical support to people in the electrical industry.
Through PPP, industry members can help EIC to offer practical support to people like Elliott Angell. Elliott was born prematurely at 31 weeks in 2013 and suffered brain damage due to a lack of oxygen. This resulted in diplegic cerebral palsy which affects both of his legs, causing severe stiffness and making him unable to sit or walk unaided. Recently Elliott was offered life-changing surgery – Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) – which will allow him to walk and play football with his little sister and his friends. However, the operation and physiotherapy is not covered by the NHS and comes at a huge cost of £75,000.
To fulfil Elliott’s dream of walking alongside his siblings and friends, his family created a social media fundraising campaign called ‘Finding Elliott’s Feet’ which offers the opportunity to show support and follow Elliott’s journey.
The Angell family also contacted EIC for support and the charity assisted by providing finance for monthly physiotherapy sessions and travel costs, as well as helping the family with their current housing situation which is not suitable for Elliott’s needs. In addition, Elliott recently received a brand-new wheelchair from EIC which is allowing him to be more independent.
Over the years, thanks to support from the industry, EIC has helped many people like Elliott to have a better quality of life by offering them financial and practical assistance in their times of difficulty, but there are many more people within the electrical sector who are struggling to cope and need support. Become a partner of PPP today, or take part in powerLottery by simply downloading the EIC powerLottery app and tapping the app to play.
For further information, please contact Jess Vailima.