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Cooper Associates Foundation supports Children’s Chronic Arthritis Association

The Cooper Associates Foundation has donated £3,500 to the Children’s Chronic Arthritis Association (CCAA), a charity which supports children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA).

The CCAA is run by a group of volunteers who have been affected by the disease through personal experience. They are passionate about helping others and providing a support network for children with arthritis and their families.

JIA is a rheumatic condition affecting children and young people and can take several different forms. The autoimmune disorder causes joints to become inflamed, meaning they are often swollen, warm and stiff, especially in the mornings. Pain is not always a major feature which can make it difficult for parents, and sometimes doctors, to detect arthritic joints.

The donation from The Cooper Associates Foundation will go specifically towards the charity’s bi-annual family support weekend, designed to help children suffering from the disease, as well as their families. The weekend consists of fun activities for the children and information support sessions, led by health professionals, for the parents. Families have found these weekends so beneficial they’ve been successfully running for over 25 years.

The charity was brought to the Foundation’s attention by Carl Gazzard, one of our Senior Financial Consultants, as it is a cause close to his heart. Carl’s 10-year-old son Finley was diagnosed with JIA and, with the rest of his family, attended one of the family support events. Carl had the following to say about his experience:

“The weekend away was hugely valuable to Finley, first and foremost, as well as for our family. Seeing Finley relish the activities and recognise children in a similar situation was fantastic. The educational talks from leading medical experts provided great insight and it was very useful to connect with other parents who understand what you’re going through. The whole experience was hugely positive. The charity does a superb job with little support, so to have this donation from our Foundation means a lot.”

We were delighted to welcome Carl and Sue Wescott, the CCAA’s Chair and Secretary respectively, to our Taunton office to present them with the cheque.


L-R: Carl and Sue Wescott, from the CCAA, receive a cheque from The Cooper Associates Foundation from Carl Gazzard, and his son Finley.

If you have a charity that is looking for funding we would be delighted to hear from you. Visit the Cooper Associates Foundation for more information.

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