In the January of 2013, Victoria’s father passed away after a rigorous three year ordeal with cancer. This was not Victoria’s first experience of cancer, having seen her mother face extreme hardship with cancer during Victoria’s youth and losing her grandmother to the illness shortly before. And then not long after, at age 29, Victoria she was struck with her own cancer diagnosis too.
By the November of 2013, Victoria was fully hospitalised with a very aggressive cancer. Despite showing extraordinary courage and determination, Victoria’s health rapidly declined.
In an act of defiance, Victoria stated that she was going to overcome the disease and promised to go on to use her experiences to inspire and support others going through a similar ordeal. Tragically, in January 2014, Victoria was taken from her friends and family, short of a year after her father had passed. Her passing was felt by all that loved her and the loss impacted so greatly, so deeply, that her family knew they had to direct all of the love coming in for Victoria toward something positive, towards fulfilling her legacy. It was then they decided to keep her promise.
Mind is a charity that provides free advice and support to anyone who experiences any mental health problems no matter how big or small. Feeling low, for example, is a mental health problem, just as much as severe depression or bi-polar disorders are, and Mind is here to help.
With an Infoline which offers callers confidential help, with a Legal Line which provides information on mental health related law to the sufferer or people around them, and with award-winning publications and website, now certified by the Information Standard, Mind provides a wealth of support and knowledge in the area of mental health.
ConnectU is a proud sponsor of this charity and a portion of the proceeds from the event will go towards supporting this cause.
Ambitious about Autism is a charity that aims to help children and young people with autism by; providing services, such as specialist schooling and college education, raising awareness and understanding, and campaigning for change to improve the lives and circumstances for young people affected by this condition.
ConnectU London sponsors this cause as it wants to do what it can for people who think differently to the ‘standardised’ norm, particularly the up and coming generation who will be the next leaders of our world.
All proceeds from this event will be donated to charity which will partly go towards Ambitious about Autism, to help empower these young minds to reach their full potential.
Derbyshire Youth Projects Trust is (DYPT) is a charity still in its infancy. With the Duchess of Devonshire as a Patron, the six Trustees have started to make strides towards their next goal of raising £5,000 needed in order to become a fully registered charitable trust.
The purpose of the DYPT is to support young children (under 18) and their families by a range of ways such as:
* Organising and/or funding extra-curricular, educational projects for the benefit of disadvantaged young people up to the age of eighteen.
* Aiding young people with mental or physical health problems.
* Supporting families of children who suffer from mental or physical health problems.
* Raising awareness of the current problems and issues our young people are facing and how this can impact on their mental and physical well-being.
The long term aim of the DYPT is to roll out support across the whole of the Midlands and eventually the entire country.