Here are the charities we are supporting during 2018 with an outline of their aims and objectives.
* = this charity has not previously been supported.
Parkinson’s UK – January
Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition that causes problems in the brain and gets worse over time. Parkinson’s UK provides local advisors on the treatments, therapies and support available to manage the condition. It also has a help line, self-management and specialist Parkinson nurses and is also involved in vital research. Its specialist nurses advise on the drugs and treatments tailored for individuals. There are around 350 volunteer-led local groups throughout the UK which support those with the disease, their carers and families. In the past 5 years Parkinson’s UK has funded 91 projects and is fast-tracking better treatments including stem research and improving clinical trials.
Wycliffe Bible Translators – February
There are still 1.5 billion people in the World without a bible in their own language. Wycliffe Bible Translators began in the UK in 1953 and John Wycliffe translated the first English bible. They work alongside language communities all over the world, creating partnerships and training local people to translate the bible and work with their partners to translate scripture, train field personnel in linguistics and promote interest in bible translation. The bible has been translated into over 600 languages, and the New Testament in an additional 1,400 languages. In Nigeria there are 240 languages in need of bible translation.
*Honey Pot – March (Mothering Sunday)
The Honeypot Children’s Charity offers both respite breaks and outreach to young carers and vulnerable children aged 5-12yrs. They give young carers a break from the demanding and stressful responsibilities at home and provide a safe, nurturing environment where children can develop their full potential. Most of the children they support are young carers who provide care and emotional support for a loved one. It supports vulnerable children who may have witnessed domestic violence, experienced homelessness, or live in deprived areas. There are 2 Honeypot respite homes, one in the New Forest and one in Pen y Bryn Mid-Wales. They have a Playbus and each Honeypot child is visited 3 times a year in their community by the bus.
Shelter Box -April (Easter)
Shelter Box is an international relief charity that delivers emergency shelter to people affected by disasters such as flooding, conflicts and earthquakes. It sends boxes and kits containing tents and survival supplies for families around the world. Each box and kit is tailored to a disaster, but typically contain a tent for extended family, basic tool kit, solar lights, mosquito nets, thermal blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking stove, children’s activity pack. Their team travels by foot, boat, helicopter, or even tuk-tuk to many areas of the world in need of emergency shelter. Shelter box relies entirely on donations.
Mission Aviation Fellowship – May
MAF is a Christian organisation and for over 70 years has been operating aircraft to many countries throughout the developing world. It flies across hostile environments to remote, inaccessible locations and is partnered with hundreds of organisations to bring physical and spiritual care to those in need. MAF provides a wide range of support for many medical ministries and flies vital supplies, aid workers, medical professionals and missionaries to poor isolated communities. They also fly relief in time of flood, famine, earthquake and other natural disasters.
*Drs Without Borders (MSF) – June
Drs Without Borders was founded in France by a group of doctors and journalists in the wake of the war and famine in Biafra. Their aim is to establish an independent organisation delivering emergency medicine and aid quickly and impartially. It is an International non-governmental organisation and responds to crisis in areas where there is conflict, hunger, disease, and disaster around the world regardless of race or religion. It has over 30,000 doctors, nurses and other medical professionals and provides medical aid in over 70 countries. Most of their staff are volunteers. Their medics carry out over 8 million consultations a year from basic vaccinations to complex surgery. In Syria there used to be 66 surgeons and now there are only 3. In Yemen, in the midst of Civil War, many hospitals and clinics have been destroyed.
Mission to Seafarers – July (Sea Sunday)
This voluntary society within the Anglican Church is concerned with the well being of seafarers of all races and creeds in more than 50 countries around the world. Its chaplains, lay staff and volunteers provide a welcome and friendship in over 200 ports and provide help and support to the 1.5 million men and women who can face danger such as piracy, shipwreck and abandonment. It helps seafarers in need, encourages them in their faith, and visits them if they are left in hospital when their ship sails. It provides Drop-in Seafarers Centres and links with parish clergy to extend support to families and offers help and advice in cases of injustice or hardship. It is entirely funded by voluntary donations.
Revitalise – August
Revitalise is a national charity and provides short breaks and holidays (respite care) for people with a variety of disabilities (including Alzheimers and dementia) and their carers. 90% of carers are not able to gain access to proper breaks away from caring. Each centre offers short breaks in a relaxed, holiday-style environment with trips and activities. Guests are supported by volunteers who provide companionship and assistance. They run 3 holiday-style centres in Chigwell Essex, Southport and Netley Waterside House near Southampton. They currently provide approx 5,000 breaks each year with 24 hour nursing care and personal care so their carers get a break as well. There is a high demand for quality respite breaks and with increasing demand they aim to establish 3 more centres across the UK.
*Stop The Traffik – September
Stop The Traffik is a global movement whose aims are to prevent human trafficking, prosecute traffickers and protect the victims. They equip people to understand what trafficking is, how it affects them, and what they can do about it. They gather and analyze information on how and where trafficking is taking place. The movement also informs and equips people in their local communities to prevent and tackle human trafficking and is running an active community-based project called ‘Active Community against Traffiking’ Each community seeks and shares knowledge and understanding of how trafficking affects their local community. Southampton and Hampshire have a Modern Slavery Partnership with the police, local authorities and voluntary agencies who are working to end human trafficking.
Farm Africa – October (Harvest)
Farm Africa is an International organisation and has been working with famine-stricken families in Africa since 1985. It works closely with local farmers and villagers on long-term projects designed to help rural communities. It provides support, training, technical advice, veterinary drugs, improved seeds and livestock. Farm Africa is trying to reduce poverty and raise living standards of small-scale farmers and herders. It helps farmers to increase their harvest, protect their environment and sell their produce in thriving markets. It is pioneering fish farming in Kenya, which ensures protein supplies and new source of income. It works also in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda.
Poppy Appeal – November (Remembrance Day)
The first Poppy Day was held on 11 November 1921 and has continued annually ever since. The Legion’s purpose is to give practical help in time of need to all who served in the Forces, and their widows and dependents. With all the recent conflicts, there is an increasing need to help all members of the Armed Forces today as well as ex-service personnel and their dependents.
Crisis – December (Midnight Mass)
Crisis is a national charity and for the past 50 years has been helping homeless people and campaigning for changes needed. The average age of death for a homeless person is 47 years. They help people rebuild their lives through education, training, and support with housing, employment and health. Crisis offers one to one support and advice in 12 areas across England, Scotland and Wales. It helps homeless people find and keep rented homes and carries out research into the causes and consequences of homelessness. The ‘Cafes from Crisis’ offer training opportunities as well as providing people in the local communities with food and drink which they purchase to help end homelessness.