This year we are raising money for two 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.
Founded in 1976, Emmanuel House exists to support homeless, vulnerable or isolated adults in and around Nottingham. They provide diverse and accessible services that meet basic need and empower individuals to make positive changes in their lives.
They welcome between 60-90 visitors each weekday and 30-50 on weekends. They pride themselves in providing the basic needs for homeless & vulnerably housed adults in the city; the day centre, the only one of its kind in Nottingham is open 365 days a year and provides additional support services, trained professionals and a core programme of social activities, encouraging positive change and empowerment. Their emphasis is on practicalities as well as offering an environment without judgement for those in need.
Their Winter Shelter runs between the winter months of November to March providing approximately 22 beds per night to rough-sleeping individuals. Emmanuel House manage the Shelter, which is run by a passionate team of staff and volunteers, ensuring the urgent needs of rough sleepers are met as quickly as possible. Individual needs are assessed at Emmanuel House and temporary accommodation is provided in local church halls.
With no statutory funding, Emmanuel House rely on donations from individuals, schools, fundraising and businesses to continue providing much needed support and services to the homeless & vulnerably housed in Nottingham.