Another year of giving back: we announce our charity of the year for 2024

Supporting a local charity each year is something that we believe is an important part of giving back to our community. As a record-breaking year of fundraising for Birmingham Women’s Hospital Charity comes to an end, we’re delighted to announce our charity of the year for 2024: the MND Association.

Chosen by way of a vote from our colleagues across the business, AFH is proud to be supporting a charity very close to the hearts of many of our teams.

The MND Association is a charity focused on improving access to care, research and campaigning for people and families affected by motor neurone disease. The disease (also known as MND) affects the nerves known as motor neurones. These nerves are found in the brain and spinal cord, and they help tell your muscles what to do. This means that for people who suffer from MND, their movement will be affected and are likely to get a wide range of symptoms.

The MND Association provides support to people living with, and who are affected by, motor neurone disease. They offer support including MND Connect, a helpline offering information and support around all aspects of MND, financial support grants, a communications aid service, equipment loans for people with MND, a wheelchair service and more.

This charity was suggested by Millie Britton, an Executive IFA Administrator at AFH Wealth Management, whose mum Claire was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the start of lockdown in 2020.

“Since her diagnosis in 2020, the MND Association have been invaluable to us, helping to fund therapy, provide equipment to make mum’s time with us more comfortable, providing grants to help make my parents’ home more wheelchair friendly and offering counselling and support to both myself and my children to help deal with the impact MND has had on us all,” explained Millie.

Millie’s mum is now at the end stages of the disease and is currently receiving end of life care both at home and at the Myton Hospice in Warwick.

Millie added: “As a way to honour my mum, I would like to put forward the Motor Neurone Disease Association charity in the hope that we can raise vital funds to help those suffering with this incredibly difficult disease.”

A corporate charity of the year helps us to demonstrate our integrity, a core value of AFH, in that we're a genuine, helpful business that's committed to making a difference, not only to the lives of our clients, but anyone in need.

Last year, we smashed our £12,000 fundraising target, and this year we hope to achieve another fantastic sum for the MND Association. We have set another £12,000 fundraising target for 2024, and if we reach it, AFH will kindly match that amount, donating another £12,000 to the worthwhile charity.

We’re looking forward to continuing our fundraising efforts over the next year as we support this enormously worthy cause.

Monday 8 January 2024