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The gift of independence

In 2015, Matthew Rimmer’s life took an unexpected turn. He suffered from a brain haemorrhage at the age of 48 which left him paralysed from the neck down. As a result, he is no longer able to walk, talk or lead the active life that he was used to. Matthew’s outlook on life completely changed.

Life can throw out challenges when we least expect them. These can place significant pressure on some families’ lives – potentially leading to deterioration in mental health. However, as an industry, we have the power to help our colleagues and prevent mental health problems from spiralling out of control.

To tackle mental health issues and to help those in the electrotechnical industry who are affected, the Electrical Industries Charity (EIC) has launched the Employee and Family Support Programme (EFP), which is solely funded by the EIC’s powerLottery.

The EFP is part of the Charity’s Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) which provides help and support for employees and their families in difficult times. Through the EFP you can give people like Matthew the gift of independence.

Matthew went from an outgoing, happy person to one who no longer even wanted to get up or attend his therapy. To add to his challenges, Matthew has also been diagnosed with heart problems and is now on a waiting list for open-heart surgery.

Matthew’s family became extremely concerned for his wellbeing, and decided to get in touch with EIC for support in purchasing an all-terrain wheelchair. This would allow Matthew to move freely, not only indoors but outdoors too, and would give Matthew a degree of independence, normality and motivation which is crucial for his wellbeing. 

Thanks to the invaluable support of industry members who donate £1 to powerLottery every month, EIC was able to fund an all-terrain wheelchair for Matthew. Through the EFP, it was able to provide ongoing support to help with his recovery and care. Mathew is now able to walk the dogs and enjoy a more social and independent life with his loved ones.

Matthew’s story is proof that a little help from the industry can make a huge difference in someone’s life.  Why not show your support by becoming a partner of the EFP today, or by signing up to powerLottery and helping industry colleagues in their time of need.  

If you would like to become a partner of the Employee and Family Support Programme today or take part in powerLottery, please contact Jess Vailima: [email protected]