This year we are raising money for three Nottingham based charities that are close to our heart.
The Wolfson Cystic Fibrosis Centre transforms the care of this unique group of young patients by creating a ‘home in hospital’, where patients can not only receive all the treatment they need in one place, but also feel comfortable and at-home during the long periods of time they have to spend in hospital.
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is one of the UK’s most common life-threatening inherited diseases. It affects over 8,500 people in the UK with over two million people in the UK carrying the faulty gene that causes cystic fibrosis. This is around 1 in 25 of the population.
Cystic fibrosis affects the internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system, by clogging them with thick sticky mucus. This makes it hard to breathe and digest food. Each week, five babies are born with cystic fibrosis. Each week, three young lives are lost to cystic fibrosis. Around half of the CF population can expect to live over 38 years, although improvements in treatments mean a baby born today could expect to live even longer.
The mission of the John Eastwood Hospice is to support its NHS partners in the organisation and delivery of palliative care services, both in the John Eastwood Hospice and in the community by:
- The recruitment, training and organisation of a team of volunteers to support and supplement the professional care staff in the Hospice and the community in order to enhance the environment and quality of life for patients and their families
- The on-going provision of additional resources and higher level services not provided by the NHS
- The development and improvement of the existing facilities for use by the patients at the Hospice
In following the mission, the Hospice Trust will:
- Raise such funds necessary for the on-going commitments and capital expenditures
- Maintain appropriate reserves in order to ensure that the on-going support provided is safeguarded for a reasonable period
Road safety affects everyone. It affects whether children can go to the park or walk to school, elderly people can get to the shops, people can take up cycling to get to work or get fit, and families feel safe to get around their neighbourhoods.
For some people, it changes everything. Road crashes and casualties end lives too soon, rip families apart, leave communities reeling in shock and victims feeling alone and without hope.
Brake is a road safety charity working with communities and organisations across the UK to stop the tragedy of road deaths and injuries, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and support people bereaved and seriously injured on roads.