Our charity partners

In 2021 we will continue to raise funds for our charity partners…

This year we will be raising funds for our MAGNIFICENT SEVEN charities… as well as BBC Children in Need, Ellen MacArthur Trust, Rainbow Trust, Starlight Children’s Foundation and Teenage Cancer Trust, we’ll also be raising funds for My Black Dog, Comic Relief and a number of additional local and hugely deserving charities…

Over the past 9 years, we’ve raised a total of over £16.5 million for UK children’s charities and and with your incredible support we are well on the way to raising well over £2million! Keep an eye out for more news about how you can get involved.

In 2019, the total funds raised was split as follows:

 

50% BBC Children in Need
10% Teenage Cancer Trust
10% Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust
10% Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity
10% Starlight Children’s Foundation
10% to a selection of charities associated with The Sun’s ‘Who Cares Wins’

In 2021 we will continue to raise funds for our charity partners… keep an eye out for more news about how you can get involved.

Our Partners

Children In Need

BBC Children in Need’s mission is to help ensure every child in the UK is safe, happy, secure and has the opportunities they need to reach their potential.

We raise money both throughout the year and in our annual November appeal which is put to work where it’s needed most. We fund local charities and projects who help remove the barriers that are facing children and young people, so that they can thrive.

We work closely with a whole range of organisations so we can understand where the need is greatest, ensuring the money you raise goes to supporting the young people that need us most.

We fund over 3,900 local charities and projects which directly support children and young people in communities right across the UK.

We support children and young affected by a whole range of disadvantages such as poverty, disability, illness, distress or trauma.  We also work with a range of partners to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing the UK’s children and young people today, including: mental health and wellbeing, violence impacting young people, child sexual exploitation, holiday hunger; access to employment, and social injustice.

Meet Rosie

Rosie was born 11 weeks premature and was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at 11 months old. Growing up she had a few procedures to enable her to use her legs, spending months in rehabilitation each time.

Rosie, has been supported by The Pace Centre since she was three. Funded by BBC Children in Need, Pace improves the lives of young people with neurologically-linked motor disorders, delivering bespoke therapy and support programmes.

As a passionate supporter Rosie took part in the Children in Need Rickshaw Challenge 2020. She wants to change perceptions and help bring an end to prejudice against people with disabilities.

Rainbow Trust

Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity supports families caring for a seriously ill child by pairing them with an expert Family Support Worker. They provide a lifeline to many families who have to face the very real possibility that a child may die, and struggle to cope on a day to day basis

When serious illness affects a child, family life is turned upside down and time becomes more precious than ever. Rainbow Trust Family Support Workers help families who have a child with a life-threatening or terminal illness to make the most of time, wherever and whenever they need it.

They help in all aspects of daily life whether at home, in hospital or in the community, filling a gap between other services. Support is varied and can include emotional support to help parents and children to manage their mental health, reducing feelings of uncertainty, anxiety, isolation and loneliness. Practical support, like driving families to vital medical appointments or organising fun activities for children, can help to reduce stress and improve wellbeing. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has piled further pressure onto these families, but Rainbow Trust has continued to give them vital support during the crisis. The charity has innovated and adapted to maintain a flexible and responsive service in the face of constantly changing restrictions, supporting families virtually or in a socially distanced set-up, as well as face to face whenever they can.  

Rainbow Trust relies almost entirely on voluntary donations and the generosity of the public to reach families in desperate need. 

MEET ANNA

Anna was eight years old when she was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2018. Following an operation and 18 rounds of chemotherapy at Bristol

Children’s Hospital, Anna now has a prosthetic hip and is learning to walk with it.

Charlotte, a Rainbow Trust Family Support Worker, helped Anna and her family stay positive during treatment.

“Anna was very anxious, it really affected her mentally and emotionally” says Laura, Anna’s mum. “Charlotte became a friend and gave her something to look forward to”

“Without Rainbow Trust and Charlotte, our situation would definitely have been a lot harder” says Laura.

Teenage Cancer Trust

Every day, seven young people in the UK aged 13 to 24 hear the devastating words "you have cancer."  and can find themselves feeling scared, confused and isolated from their peers.  

Teenage Cancer Trust puts young people in the best possible place, physically, mentally and emotionally, for their cancer treatment and beyond. We do it through our expert nurses, support teams, and hospital units. And we're the only UK charity dedicated to providing this specialised nursing care and support.  

We know that having cancer at a young age comes with its own particular set of challenges. Our world-class cancer services put the needs of young people first and allow them to face those challenges together. 

Due to Coronavirus Teenage Cancer Trust is facing a £6million shortfall in funding. Money raised through our important partnership with Carfest will help us continue delivering our vital support for young people – throughout the coronavirus pandemic.  

Cancer won’t stop for anything and neither will we.  

Please visit www.teenagecancertrust.org to find out more or to donate please visit www.teenagecancertrust.org/donate.  

Teenage Cancer Trust is a registered charity: 1062559 (England & Wales), SC039757 (Scotland).   www.teenagecancertrust.org 

Meet Cerys

Cerys from Stafford was diagnosed with cancer at 13.

“I didn’t want to tell people at school until I got my head around it. I was on crutches and was bullied a lot so I decided to do a school assembly with my dad about the type of cancer I had.

She is being treated on the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

“The unit is loads better than the facilities at the regional hospital. I get my own bedroom and there’s a social space where we can sit and eat. It’s great to be around other young people and we can support each other through the experience.’’

Ellen Macarthur Cancer Trust

The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust empowers young people aged 8-24 to embrace life after cancer treatment through sailing and outdoor adventure. When treatment ends the Trust’s work begins because, for many young people, simply picking up where they left off before their diagnosis just isn’t possible.

Through the Trust young people rediscover what they are capable of by making friends with others who have had similar experiences, often for the first time, finding independence away from home and pushing their physical and mental boundaries by learning new skills. Most importantly, they stop feeling like the ‘only one.

A young person’s relationship with the Trust starts when they set sail for four days from Cowes on the Isle of Wight or Largs on Scotland’s West Coast. They can then return year-on-year for as long as they need support, or if once they turn 18, they become a volunteer to support and inspire other young people exactly like them.  

Because of the Trust, young people feel more positive about getting back into education or employment, reconnecting with their friends and families and re-establishing their place in the world. They discover a future they might never have thought was possible. When a young person feels ready to move on from the Trust, the door is always left open for them to return.

Young people will need the Trust more than ever after COVID-19, as the pandemic has amplified the feelings of isolation, loneliness, anxiety, anger and fear experienced by young people and their families during cancer treatment. 

Meet Emmanuel

Three years ago, 13-year-old Emmanuel was diagnosed with Burkitt Lymphoma.

He spent the next three months isolated on a ward undergoing an aggressive chemotherapy regime. It was incredibly difficult for Emmanuel and his family to move on after being cocooned on treatment, having his days dictated by doctors. They lost all independence.

But Emmanuel’s first trip with the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust gave him freedom and responsibility.

He instantly felt at ease amongst others who had all been through treatment and came back full of confidence, unwrapped from the cotton wool and the bubble wrap that had protected him during treatment.

Starlight

Starlight Children’s Foundation is the national charity that aims to reduce the long-term impact of serious illness for children, young people, and their families.

When a child is unwell and taken to hospital, they can experience not only painful or scary procedures, but separation from parents and siblings, changes to sleep and diet and no opportunity to play, which can cause anxiety and distress, and have a negative impact on their recovery time and mental health, which can impact the whole family.

With over 12,000 children admitted to hospital every day in the UK, Starlight is there to help. It is the only UK-wide charity providing hospitals with free toolkits, toys, activities, and entertainment to support health professionals; from nurses to health play specialists, protecting opportunities for play which is crucial for a child’s wellbeing and recovery. Play isn’t just a ‘nice-to-have’, Starlight’s services help alleviate boredom, help children connect with others in a similar situation, and maintain a sense of normality and joy.

As well as support in a hospital setting, Starlight hosts Escape days to enable families to spend valuable time together, while our wish-granting programme provides a once in a lifetime experience for a family or a gift they’ve always dreamed of. That’s why they’ve been proud to be part of CarFest for the past two years. CarFest’s wonderful weekends to celebrating great music, fabulous food, making friends and spending time together as a family is right at the heart of what Starlight does for seriously ill children.

Meet Isaac

14-year-old Isaac lives in Lincolnshire and was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia when he was just nine years old. While in hospital, Starlight’s Boost Boxes helped Isaac combat his anxiety and boredom.

In 2019, Starlight was able to grant Isaac’s wish to watch the F1 Grand Prix in Monaco. Isaac and his family met racing heroes Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel and he loved spotting the supercars that lined the streets.

The Monaco trip signified the end of a long and difficult journey, as he took his final chemotherapy tablet on the very same day he travelled, signifying the start of his future, cancer-free and hopeful.

My Black Dog

My Black Dog is a peer to peer support service for people struggling with their mental health. All of our volunteers have had their own battles with mental health and understand what you are going through. We are online every day and you can talk with our volunteers through our chat function.

Talking about your mental health is hard. Perhaps you think “it’s not that serious” or “I’m fine”, perhaps seeing a GP or counsellor feels too overwhelming. Some people can’t open up to friends and family because they are worried about hurting them, or burdening them, sometimes they are scared of being judged.

At My Black Dog, we understand, every person involved in our charity has been through debilitating mental health and have managed to find the light at the end of the tunnel. Empathy is incredibly powerful, for those people who feel alone and unable to reach out, talking with someone who understands can be a huge relief, and knowing you are not alone, that it’s ok to talk, is the first step in finding a path through the darkness. Real people, real experiences, zero judgement.

During the pandemic, we have seen a huge increase in people using our services, and we can expect to see more people who need support in the many months and years to come. We need vital funds to keep My Black Dog services running.

My Black Dog: When you don’t know who to talk to, talk to someone who gets it