Come On . . . Enrych Someone’s Life Today
Two of Chippy’s most famous locals have thrown their weight behind Enrych, a charity intent on ending the loneliness and despair felt by many adults living with a physical disability.
Graeme Garden, the brilliant mind behind The Goodies and long-running radio favourite I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, is calling for local volunteers to step up and befriend one of the many adults needing help in the area.
As patron of Oxfordshire Enrych, Graeme is building on support generated by the Prime Minister’s wife, Samantha Cameron, who hosted a reception at No.10 Downing Street to celebrate the charity’s work and promote active fundraising.
“We approached Samantha Cameron as she has had direct experience of physical disability in her family”, Enrych trustee Elaine Gilbert says. “She spoke very highly about the work ofEnrych. She said its support for people can prevent the isolation that often comes with a disability and may also help to avoid or overcome depression.”
Graeme joined Enrych as patron in 2010, after photographing the charity’s work for a competition.
“My day spent sailing with Enrych on Pitsford Water was a real revelation”, he says. “It was exciting and inspiring to see members engaged in activities. Most striking is the cheerful, can-do attitude, the ingenuity and dedication of Enrych’s volunteers, the range of activitiesEnrych provides and the sheer pleasure on the faces of those you support. It underlines how important it is that no-one, whatever their circumstances, should be denied access to fun! I hope that in some way I may be able to promote this splendid work.”
“Graeme has been a fabulous supporter of Enrych, and has opened many doors to some of his comedic friends including Lee Mack”, Enrych spokeswoman Susan Linnett told ECN. “We have been very lucky to have him. It’s all about helping people achieve their full potential, and Graeme has recognised that.”
Discover Your True Colours
The whole point of Enrych is to offer the time, face-to-face relationships and access to pleasurable activities that can’t always be provided by those giving medical and practical help to the physically disabled.
It aims to bring back the spark to people who may be lonely and miserable, and break down any remaining stigma about those battling to live fulfilled lives in bodies which have let them down.
Volunteers are needed for a wide range of local activities, so if you enjoy board games, quizzes, reading, embroidery, gardening, sport and shopping for interesting things, there are plenty of local Enrych clients just waiting to be paired up with a friendly helper.
And the generosity is never just one way. By giving colour to someone else’s life, many Enrychvolunteers discover they have added just as much colour to their own.
“We definitely need helpers in the Chipping Norton area”, Susan Linnett says. “And in addition to needing volunteers, we always need funds, so if any person or business has suggestions for fund-raising, we’d love to hear them!”
“We aren’t looking for superheroes or superstars. We’re looking for everyday folk who might have a few free hours each week to share an interest with someone else. That hobby you’ve had for years might be just the thing that someone else is looking for!”
Making someone’s day means different things to different people, but companionship, learning and fun are the key to success. Helpers might accompany their chosen person on a walk or take them to a football or sports match; enjoy window-shopping, cooking, getting crafty or playing a favourite game together.
So don’t hang back. If you think you have something to offer, contact Enrych through one of the channels below.