NHS England and NHS Improvement
Having had a thyroidectomy i know first hand the need to raise awareness around thyroid gland problems.
I wanted to help another charity whilst furloughed. I felt it was my duty as I have the skills to help fundraise, was unable to work, and so many charities are needing support more than ever amidst the pandemic. I am a member of a fundraising professionals group on Facebook so I offered help to whoever needed it and Lorraine Williams, Director of The Thyroid Trust, responded first - that is how I began volunteering for this inspiring charity.
I really enjoyed the experience, the work and vision of the charity is inspiring, Lorraine is a remarkable woman, it made me appreciate just how much can be achieved with a passionate, driven, skilled and brilliant leader and equally passionate volunteers, even with the limitations and struggles of a relatively new, relatively small charity, the undeniable need for what they are doing, and the massive future potential they have.
The Thyroid Trust has done so much in such a short space of time, The work you do is badly needed. You are performing like an organisation with an income around £300,000, with an actual income closer to a tenth of that. You need to grow. Get the resources in place to put the organisation on a surer, more sustainable footing so you can continue to deliver and increase your impact.
Thank you very much for the opportunity to sit down with you and learn more about the Thyroid Trust. The subject of ‘thyroids’ is one that I previously had little knowledge of, but our discussion was eye opening and highlighted the need for a greater understanding of the disease. This coupled with your commitment and enthusiasm to assist those suffering inspired me to put The Thyroid Trust forward for a grant from our local St. James’s Place office in Newbury.
I’m delighted that we were able to help in some small way and look forward to hearing more about the great work you do.
The Thyroid Friends offered reassurance and guidance about how I was feeling and explained about the medication, sending me some information from reliable sources. Having someone to speak to like this was so valuable! I was doing all the right things and needed the validation and support which they provided.
Forever grateful to The Thyroid Trust for supporting me when I felt so lost with my hypothyroidism.
“You do such a wonderful job and thank goodness you are there. Thank you for everything you do.”
"Thank you so much for replying, I know you cam not give medical advice it is just so frustrating that the docs do not seem to be able to help and I know feel like a pain for going . It really is a disease that should be highlighted and spoken about more often. When first diagnosed the doctors told me that I would start to feel better she actually said 'once you start taking these you will feel like you are on speed' unfortunately I feel no better after a year the doctors have repeated bloods twice and told me that they were acceptable' so following you on Facebook has almost given me a friend. Keep up the good work. We need you!"
It’s a wonderful job that you’re doing to help people!— Kiara (@Kiaralouise) December 10, 2020
So I couldn't find the wee cartoon so wrote a poem for you instead, trying to describe the state at the time and its consequences. Revisiting this wasn't easy, but it should really make me aware of how far I've come. You guys are amazing by the way with your thyroid support ❤️— Vroni (@Vroniholzmann) January 6, 2021
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