Every year, our fabulous customers and followers are invited to choose a charity for us to support with our fundraising activities and collections.
In 2019, we raised the phenomenal sum of £5,533.28 for Forest Holme Hospice, which included the spectacular wing walk by our Deanna. The charity held a special place in Deanna’s heart as they had looked after her Grandad. Thank you to everyone who sponsored her, attended our Pearls & Prosecco and Dine with Diamonds evenings, and donated in-store.
Now it is time choose our Charity for 2020. We like to focus on local charities that have a direct connection with Poole and the following very worthy causes have been shortlisted.
Simply click on the button for your selected charity and enter your email address to verify the vote. We ask for your email to ensure that everyone has one vote each. The charity with the most votes on Friday 10th January 2020 will be the winner.
Poole Hospital Charity
Poole Hospital serves a population of 500,000 – your friends, family and neighbours. We support all the wards and departments at Poole Hospital including Maternity, Children’s Unit and the Dorset Cancer Centre.
Poole Hospital Charity exists to fund provisions above and beyond what the NHS can offer, ensuring our patients get treated more quickly and comfortably.
With your support we can provide innovative equipment, fund award winning services, improve facilities and provide finishing touches that make a real difference to everyone we care for.
For more information: http://www.poolehospitalcharity.co.uk
Leaf – Leukaemia Education and Fundraising
Leaf was founded in 2006 from Natasha Hunt’s hospital bed after she was diagnosed with Leukaemia just 3 weeks after giving birth to her second son. After 6 months of chemotherapy and being kept in isolation for most of this time, Natasha was determined to bring something positive out of her experience by supporting others that have been diagnosed with this disease…..so Leaf was born.
As a charity, we support individuals and families that are affected by blood borne cancers; we support each and every person/family individually. The level of support and care that LEAF provides to individuals is varied ranging from; emotional support, provision of wigs and support re: consultations and fittings, days out and local short breaks away for quality family time together as well as practical support such as home cleaning, transport to hospital, caring for pets, food shopping etc.
We are a small charity offering help and care to patients in Dorset and Hampshire, being there for as many people as we can. We rely on local support to enable us to continue and grow each year, providing more and more patients with personal, practical and emotional support.
For more information: https://www.leafcharity.com
Broadstone Day Centre – Age Concern
The Broadstone Day Centre has been in operation now for 35 years and meets every Tuesday between 10.30 and 2.30 in the United Reformed Church Hall, Higher Blandford Road. Members attending receive morning tea/coffee and biscuits, a 2 course meal and afternoon tea and cake. For those unable to travel to the centre themselves, arrangements are made for transport from the door and back home.
The Day Centre is run entirely by volunteers and receives no funding. We work hard to keep the weekly membership fee affordable. In order to achieve this our shop, in Dunyeats Road opposite the Post Office, was opened in 1992. Like the Day Centre the shop is run and manned entirely by volunteers and everything on sale in the shop has been donated.
For more information: http://www.broadstonevillage.co.uk/business/detail/Broadstone+Age+Concern+Day+Centre
Ferndown Cats Protection Homing Centre
Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity. Our vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.
It’s an ambitious vision. However, we truly believe it can be achieved because of our passion, our professional approach and simply because cats are among the UK’s most popular companion pets.
Cats Protection has simple and clear objectives to help cats: Homing, Neutering and Education. As part of this, Ferndown Homing Centre also offer free Cat Talks to all ages and community groups.
For more information: https://www.cats.org.uk/ferndown
Spring – Supporting Parents and Relatives Through Baby Loss
Everything we do is to benefit bereaved parents and relatives who experience the loss of a baby. We offer support for baby loss that occurs at any stage of pregnancy, at, or just after birth – whatever the circumstances and however long ago. Our services include: emotional and practical support at the point of loss; professional counselling; open support meetings for parents and relatives; and ways to remember our babies. We are also here to support bereaved parents through subsequent pregnancies.
We work closely with medical professionals, and others who come into contact with parents and relatives whose babies die. By sharing our experience, we help ensure bereaved parents are treated sensitively and with genuine care.
For more information: https://www.springsupport.org.uk
The Liz Clarke-Saul Fund – Research into Bone Cancer
Liz was born in Poole in 1989 and went to Guides in Broadstone. She was first diagnosed with an extremely rare form of bone cancer called Adamantinoma in 2001. She had her leg amputated because of the disease when she was just 12 and was given the all clear in 2013. Liz took up paracycling after London 2012 and was aiming to attend Tokyo 2020 when she was given the devastating news that the cancer had returned and is incurable.
Adamantinoma accounts for less than 1% of all bone cancers, and bone cancers account for around 1% of all new cancer diagnosis in the UK. Because it’s so rare very little, if any, funding is assigned specifically for it but we want to change that. We want to initially raise £20K for an Ideas Grant with The Bone Cancer Research Trust. Funding research into Adamantinoma is unlikely to save Liz’s life but it may well change someone else’s.
For more information: https://www.bcrt.org.uk/get-involved/tribute-funds/the-liz-clarke-saul-fund
Alzheimers Society, Poole
Alzheimer’s Society is the only UK charity that campaigns for change, funds research to find a cure and supports people living with dementia today. Dementia is the UK’s biggest killer. Someone develops it every three minutes and there’s currently no cure.
Thanks to your support, Alzheimer’s Society is facing dementia head on. Whether you’re a fundraiser, donor, partner, or affected by dementia in any way, we’re working with you to build a movement. Inspired by your voices, we’re leading the way in support, society and research.
For more information: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk