Employees at local company Datasharp Integrated Communications have taken on the challenge of doing 35 minutes of exercise every day for 35 consecutive days to raise £15,000 for a charity appeal.
Developing Health & Independence (DHI) is raising money to buy a liver scanner, which will be based at their hub in central Bath. The device is used to assess liver damage in a non-invasive way.
The charity claim that there are around 1600 people in Bath & North East Somerset who are dependent drinkers and would benefit from having their liver scanned to check for signs of damage.
There are also around 600 people living with Hepatitis C for whom liver scanning may help engagement with treatment and prevent further harm such as liver failure, cancer and death.
Martin Buckland, CEO of Datasharp Integrated Communications, said: “DHI tackles drug and alcohol misuse, homelessness and social exclusion in the Bath area.
“The cause is close to my heart, so I’m very proud to be working with them. Like ourselves, DHI recently celebrated their 21st anniversary.
“I’ll continue to offer my support, not just because they’re a valued customer, but because I’ve seen first-hand the impact of the work they do.”
Rosie Phillips, CEO of DHI, added: “We are so grateful to Datasharp for their fundraising efforts. Being able to detect liver damage early and in a non-invasive way will be a lifesaver for so many people who would otherwise not have access to or would not choose to have this test.
“For people who find that using alcohol has caused significant damage to their liver and then wish to stop further damage, our specialist and highly skilled staff will be able to support them.”
More information about Datasharp’s challenge and how to support them can be found at https://datasharp-ic.co.uk/35×35.