Hi, my name is Rachel Marke and I founded the charity Anna’s Challenges just over 7 years ago. Our aim is to help support children with Cystic Fibrosis in Basingstoke and surrounding areas.
It started a bit by accident – 7 years ago my daughter Anna, who has Cystic Fibrosis (CF), was having one of her many 2 week admissions at the North Hampshire Hospital and she was asked to try out a vibrating vest which could really help shift the mucus clogged up in her lungs.
The problem was the vest was on loan to the physio team and they didn’t have the budget to purchase one. I put on my Facebook status that I’d like to try and raise some money to help buy it and the response was amazing!
We were soon thinking of a name to spearhead the fundraising and soon after Anna’s Challenges was born. We soon became a registered charity and have a group of wonderful trustees.
We had no idea at the time that it would become as big as it has and this is purely down to the amazing support we receive from friends, family, local people and local businesses that have chosen to support us, whether it be through fundraising, offering their services, attending our events or simply helping to share our news/events on social media.
I have been overwhelmed over the years with the love and support we receive and it has enabled us to really branch out in the many ways we can support the children with CF and their families.
We also funded and arranged for the assessment room on G Floor to be totally redecorated (my cousin did it) and this is my favourite photo of part of it.
When she’s ill it increases significantly and also with 2 week admissions. Kids with CF have such intense daily regimes so it’s really great that we can help make their day to day lives a bit easier with improved physio and medical equipment and make it more comfortable for their 2 week admissions.
We are guided by the fantastic CF team at the hospital on how we can best help the children and their families.
We are able to support them through donating physio equipment, physio toys, medical equipment, donations that make the hospital rooms more comfortable – more home-from-home, we fund the CF sibling support group, we provide physical activity grants and travel grants to the families, family days out, and however else we can help to make their lives a bit easier and hopefully sometimes, a bit more fun too!
On the 6th October 2018 we are hosting our annual Black Tie Charity Ball at the beautiful Oakley Hall. It’s a great excuse to get glammed up with friends and have a wonderful evening full of music, dancing, laughter and lovely food all whilst helping support children with Cystic Fibrosis.
If you’d like more information, or to buy tickets, please go to our website www.annaschallenges.co.uk.
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Please get in contact if you have any questions, would like to do a challenge for us or attend one of our events – we’d love to hear from you!
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