Supporting worthwhile causes with our unique charity challenge!
The charities listed below are the charities that are currently actively promoting Just Walk 2018.
Do not panic if your chosen charity does not appear below, you can still sign up to Just Walk and raise money for any charity or not for profit organisation. That’s the beauty of our Just Walk charity events!
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The ME Association works to make the UK a better place for people with ME/CFS. ME (Myalgic Encephalopathy), or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, is an illness that blights the lives of 250,000 people in UK today. Even the smallest exertion can floor them; their joints and muscles ache unbearably; restful sleep eludes them; and ‘brain fog’ clouds even the smallest judgment. It changes their lives drastically – disrupting education; making employment impossible; and straining family relations to breaking point. People may be housebound or confined to bed for many months or years. There is no known cure.
Our mission is to support people with ME and their families through all stages of their illness.
We have been campaigning for years to have ME recognised as a severe neurological illness that deserves to be taken seriously. We are working tirelessly to promote research into the physical nature and causes of the illness so that it can be diagnosed quickly and in the hope that a cure, one day, can be found. We also support ME sufferers and their families through our ME Connect helpline. Any money that our walkers raise in ME Awareness Week will go towards The ME Association’s vital work in these areas – campaigning, support and research.
Care for Veterans
Care for Veterans (formerly The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home) was established in 1919 to care for those soldiers returning from World War I with life-changing disabilities. For almost 100 years, we have provided long term nursing care, rehabilitation, respite and award-winning end of life care to disabled ex-Servicemen and women from the RAF, Army, Royal Navy and auxiliary services. Our care and rehabilitation includes physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and neuropsychology, as well as social and recreational activities and a chaplaincy service – all delivered from our facilities in Worthing, West Sussex.
Stonepillow offers shelter, information and support to empower homeless and vulnerable people to make positive changes in their lives. We provide support 365 days a year and have 86 clients in their accommodation on any given evening. Tackling homelessness requires more than just meeting the day-to-day needs of rough sleepers – providing shelter is a start but people need long term support to help them leave the streets for good. We provide a complete recovery journey for clients to help them find independent accommodation they can call home.
Kidney Cancer UK
Kidney Cancer UK is the UK’s leading specialist kidney cancer charity. We seek to reduce the harm caused by kidney cancer by increasing knowledge and awareness, providing patient information and by supporting research into the causes, prevention and treatment of the disease.
We depend primarily on voluntary donations and have published a definitive guide to kidney cancer, set up a Patient Support Network and Careline, established online renal nurse training and research programmes and campaigned for access to life extending drugs for NHS kidney cancer patients.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is a registered charity and church working in 120 countries worldwide and is one of the largest and most diverse providers of social welfare in the world. In the UK and Republic of Ireland this work includes more than 800 Salvation Army social service centres and community churches. We provide unconditional friendship, support and very practical help to people in crisis and need and work with children, older people, homeless people, victims of human trafficking and those dealing with drug and/or alcohol addiction.
Age Concern Hampshire
Age Concern Hampshire is an independent registered charity working to promote independent living to over-50s in the county. We provide information and advice plus care and support for the well-being of over 58,000 people every year.
Lucy Air Ambulance for Children
We are the only Registered Charity that provides planned transfers by specially equipped and adapted aircraft for children up to the age of 16 years. This means that they can reach the right hospital to access the specialist care they need. Young babies can need continuing treatment closer to the family home whilst older children will need specialist treatment for a range of complex conditions.
Working closely with the NHS and our preferred air charter partners we guarantee to deliver the highest standards of care whilst offering a family centred service ensuring the families we support are at the heart of everything we do.
We support over 13,500 disabled children, young people and their families every year by delivering over 120 services throughout England.
KIDS is unique; there is no other organisation dedicated to providing such an extensive range of services to disabled children and young people, aged 0-25 years, irrespective of their impairment or condition.
Five billion people around the world have no access to safe and affordable surgery when they need it. Mercy Ships is working hard to plug this gap. Mercy Ships operates the largest charity-run hospital ship in the world, delivering free, vital medical care to some of the world’s poorest countries. This “floating hospital” is staffed almost entirely by volunteers, who give their expertise for free to help treat dental and eye problems, cleft lips and palates, tumours, club feet, childbirth injuries, burns and a variety of other conditions. Since 1978, Mercy Ships has visited more than 70 countries, providing services worth more than £1 billion that have directly helped more than 2.5 million people. Mercy Ships has also trained more than 40,000 local health professionals in order to leave a legacy that lasts. www.mercyships.org.uk
Kids for Kids
KIDS FOR KIDS helps children the world has forgotten, children in Darfur, Sudan, who live lives of inexcusable and unimaginable hardship. We are enabling families to stay together, in their own homes. In Darfur mothers are forced to rely on their eldest son to search for work across the world in order to send money home so his brothers and sisters will not die of starvation. Because in Darfur children are dying. Kids for Kids transforms the lives of individuals and whole communities – but we desperately need your help.
Kids for Kids adopts whole villages, lifting them out of abject poverty. We are different, because our projects are what people tell us will help them the most. Our grassroots projects not only make an immediate difference to individual families – their children have milk to drink, a blanket to sleep under, a mosquito net to protect them from malaria, farm tools, blankets and mosquito nets – we are transforming the lives of the whole village, providing health care, veterinary care and, most important of all, water near at hand. We even plant trees, transforming the desert.
KIDS FOR KIDS has already adopted 78 villages – over 364,000 people whose lives have been transformed long term – in one of the most remote and inaccessible regions of the world. Children are hungry, thirsty and at risk. We know we can change their lives, for good, with your help.
Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity provides emotional and practical support for families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness. For these families, life is unthinkably tough. Their lives are shattered into a million pieces as they struggle to cope with the possibility that their child might die.
Each family is designated a Family Support Worker. That one Family Support Worker helps the whole family emotionally as they navigate through their new life they never imagined they’d ever face. Their Family Support Worker also helps with the practicalities of taking care of a sick child as well as siblings, while trying to keep life as normal as possible. Because of their support, families are better able to cope, and can face the future whatever it may hold.
Support Dogs is a national charity, dedicated to training assistance dogs to transform the lives of people with Epilepsy, physical disabilities and children with Autism. We give people who are affected by the most challenging conditions a chance to regain their independence and enjoy a better quality of life through these specialist assistance dog partnerships.
We receive a request for support every 8 hours and the need for services is increasing every day, doubling over the past 12 months. We rely solely on donations so with your support we can help the many more lives who so desperately need us.
We run three main programmes:
Epilepsy Seizure Alert Dogs are trained to provide a 100% reliable warning up to 50 minutes before an epileptic seizure. We are the only charity in the UK to train epilepsy seizure alert dogs.
Autism Assistance Dogs work to reduce stress and promote positive emotional, educational and physical developmental changes in the child. They assist with the child’s daily routine helping with many aspects of family life including improved access to education, health and community services.
Disability Assistance Dogs are trained to meet the specific needs of a client. We are the only UK charity able to train a client’s own pet dog to provide this support; providing assistance with tasks that may be painful or impossible to perform; including raising the alarm in an emergency, opening and closing doors, picking up objects and assisting with showering, undressing and dressing.
Scoliosis Campaign Fund
The Scoliosis Campaign Fund raises funds for the Scoliosis Association (UK) which aims to provide advice, support and information to people with scoliosis and to raise awareness among health professionals and the general public and the British Scoliosis Research Foundation which is the only charity that exists solely to promote research into the treatment of spinal deformities in the UK.
Epilepsy Society is the leading national epilepsy medical charity working for everyone affected by epilepsy, through our cutting edge research, awareness campaigns and expert care.
Our vision is a full life for everyone affected by epilepsy. We want everyone affected by epilepsy to have the best opportunity for a full life – as free from seizures as possible. We set out to make a difference to every person affected by epilepsy whatever their background, however seriously it affects them, and whether they have the condition themselves or are close to someone with epilepsy.
Doctors For Nepal
DOCTORS FOR NEPAL is a UK charity based in East Sussex which aims to improve healthcare in rural Nepal by empowering impoverished students to serve as Doctors or nurses in their isolated rural communities by:
– Providing scholarships to medical school or nursing college to impoverished Nepalese students
– Supporting rural healthcare projects
– Facilitating student electives to Nepal
– Providing Nepalese students with books and laptops
Once the student has completed their scholarship and qualified as a doctor or nurse, they return
to one of the many rural regions of Nepal for a minimum of four years to provide desperately
needed medical care to the isolated communities of Nepal.
The Lymphoma Association was set up as the only UK support organisation specialising in lymphoma. It remains unique, being the only UK charity providing unbiased information and emotional support to anyone affected by Hodgkin lymphoma or non-Hodgkin lymphoma, whether patient, family member or carer. In the UK, lymphoma is the 6th most common cancer diagnosed by clinicians and the most common cancer affecting the 16-30 age group.
Rowans Hospice is dedicated to improving the lives of people living with life-limiting illnesses, their families and carers in Portsmouth and South East Hampshire. Specialist support is offered wherever it is needed, either at the Hospice, at home or within the local community.
Care is provided for the ‘whole’ person through physical, practical and emotional support. From therapeutic care and chaplaincy support through to physiotherapy and psychology services, Rowans Hospice aims to achieve optimal quality of life for patients.
It costs over £5.5 million every year to provide these essential services for the local community. As a charity, Rowans Hospice couldn’t provide these services without their fantastic supporters and volunteers who dedicate their time and money to help others.
Dreams Come True
At Dreams Come True our mission is simple – to bring joy to children and young people with serious and life limiting conditions. Each dream is unique. Some children want to meet their idol or favourite Disney character while others want to visit their grandparents abroad, ride a unicorn, swim with dolphins or work on a fashion magazine. Many want help with their everyday lives and Dreams Come True is delighted to provide vital sensory equipment, wheelchairs or specially adapted bicycles as well. Our highly experienced team work hard to ensure that every child has an unforgettable experience fulfilling their dream, with long lasting memories to share with families, loved ones and friends.
We are excited to be working with Just Walk and look forward to welcoming you to the Dream Team for the Goodwood walk.
To find out more about Dreams Come True please visit: www.dreamscometrue.uk.com
The Dystonia Society provides practical and emotional support to people with this neurological condition by providing support and information services through our national helpline and our
Network of local branches. We also support research to find better treatment for this incurable condition.
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 – Finding good homes for cats in need
Neutering – Supporting and encouraging the neutering of cats
Information – Improving people’s understanding of cats and their care
Wessex Heartbeat supports the work of the Wessex Cardiac Centre, a centre of International Excellence. We provide the latest specialist equipment and major facilities for patients, their relatives and staff to ensure the highest quality of care for the 20,000 adults and children treated each and every year.
Every eight hours in the UK someone is paralysed by a spinal cord injury; it can happen to anyone at any time and no one is prepared for how it will change their life. Aspire exists because there is currently no cure. We provide practical help to people who have been paralysed by spinal cord injuries, helping them move from injury to independence.
Our services include: Aspire Grants, Aspire Housing, Independent Living, Welfare Benefits Advice, Assistive Technology, Campaigning and Research.
Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund
Pancreatic cancer has a survival rate of less than 6% – a figure which has barely changed in forty years. Despite being one of the most lethal cancers, it has received little research attention and funding in the past. Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund is changing this. We are the only charity dedicated solely to funding pancreatic cancer research and support world-class research into early diagnosis and new treatments.
Pancreatic Cancer Action
We are a small charity with a huge voice shouting about much needed change for pancreatic cancer and are passionately committed to affecting real change.
Founded by a survivor who proves that there is hope, early diagnosis is achievable and survival is possible, our focus is on ensuring that patients are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at a stage that gives them best chance of survival. Hearing daily of more people diagnosed late and dying from pancreatic cancer is a powerful reminder of why our work is so vital.
Quite simply, we know that pancreatic cancer can be detected early and as long as we are here and continue to be supported, we will do all we can do to make sure this happens more and more.
With your help, we fund research into improving early diagnosis, create award-winning awareness campaigns, provide educational courses for primary care professionals and provide information for patients and clinicians.
Thank you for your continued support!
Church Mission Society (CMS)
We invite you to join and support a journey that began more than 200 years ago with a group of Christians whose hearts were stirred to put their faith into action. Together they worked to abolish the slave trade, they fought for the rights of oppressed people at home and they launched out on dangerous seas to share Jesus with the world. The shape of mission has changed since then, but Church Mission Society still shares in the pioneering, evangelistic, relational and faithful spirit of our founders. Over our history, more than 10,000 people have served as CMS mission partners. Today you’ll find our people in mission working in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Europe and the UK. CMS. We release people to put their call into action globally, locally and in day-to-day life. We want to see all God’s people engaged in God’s mission, bringing to our world challenge, change, hope and freedom in Jesus.
Born Free Foundation
The Born Free Foundation is a dynamic international wildlife charity, founded in 1984 by the actors Bill Travers MBE and Virginia McKenna OBE, stars of the iconic film Born Free, and their son, Will Travers OBE, the charity’s President. Born Free takes action worldwide to save lives, stop suffering and protect species in the wild. Born Free never forgets the individual. Our emergency teams rescue vulnerable animals from appalling lives of misery in tiny cages, often barren of any enrichment, and gives them lifetime care in spacious bush sanctuaries.
From small beginnings, the Born Free Foundation has grown into a global force for wildlife. But a personal passion for wild animals and desire for positive change remain at our heart. Described by The Times as ‘Big enough to make a difference, but small enough to care,’ Born Free is not a big anonymous organisation, but a family of like-minded people who share the same goals. Our work to prevent individual animal suffering, protect threatened species and keep wildlife in the wild sets us apart from the rest. Learn more about Born Free history here.
Alzheimer’s Society is the UK ‘s leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. We provide information and support to people with any form of dementia and their carers through our publications, National Dementia Helpline, website, and more than 2,000 local services. We campaign for better quality of life for people with dementia and greater understanding of dementia. We also fund an innovative programme of medical and social research into the cause, cure and prevention of dementia and the care people receive.
The Disabilities Trust
The Disabilities Trust is a leading national charity, providing innovative care, rehabilitation and support solutions for people with profound physical impairments, acquired brain injury and learning disabilities as well as children and adults with autism.
People are at the heart of everything we do and our services across the country include purpose-built residential accommodation, community-based housing, respite care, special education and community enabling services to maximise each individual’s independence.
Brain & Spine Foundation
There are over 350 different conditions of the brain and spine and together they affect more than 12 million people in the UK. These conditions affect both children and adults and in many cases have long term impacts without the prospect of a cure. Neurological conditions and associated treatments are often complex and poorly understood by those affected and their families.
The Brain & Spine Foundation exists to provide information and to be there during diagnosis, treatments and in the longer term, to answer questions and provide support throughout a patient’s journey. We are the only UK wide charity providing support on the full range of neurological conditions.
“I called the Helpline and had an amazing chat with Eva, so much relevant information delivered with great patience and understanding. This is the first time I’ve called the Helpline and I wish I’d done it ages ago. It’s such a brilliant source of information and support for people like me as it can be so hard for us to find this kind of specific help and understanding for our conditions.”
The charity receives no government funding and is entirely funded by voluntary donations.
Cardiac Risk in the Young
Every week in the UK at least 12 apparently fit and healthy young people die of undiagnosed cardiac conditions. Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) aims to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death (YSCD) by working with cardiologists and family doctors to establish good practice and appropriate screening facilities to promote and protect the cardiac health of our young. By supporting CRY you will help save young lives from these potentially fatal cardiac conditions.
More than 100,000 people live with multiple sclerosis in the UK. Every one of them shares the uncertainty of life with MS.
MS attacks at random and many of the symptoms are invisible to others. Symptoms usually start in your 20s or 30s and diagnosis can be scary and heartbreaking. MS can get steadily worse, or remain unpredictable throughout your life.
We’re the UK charity fighting to improve treatment and care to help people with MS take control of their lives.
We’re a world-leading funder of MS research. We’ve already made important breakthroughs, and we’re now at the start of a generation of MS research that holds incredible promise.
With your support, we will beat MS.
St Catherine’s Hospice – W. Sussex & E. Surrey
St Catherine’s Hospice a local charity with a big ambition: to help everyone face death informed, supported and pain free. It could be a bath, a favourite meal, or helping someone manage their pain. For us, hospice care is whatever our patients need it to be.
By raising money for St Catherine’s, you can be there for someone in Surrey or Sussex when life comes full circle. Every step you take on this walk could help us give counselling to a child who is grieving the loss of a parent, cook a patient’s favourite meal or care for someone at home so they can be surrounded by family in their final days.
Your fundraising means we can be there when and where people need us most.
Autism Research Trust
The Autism Research Trust raises funds to predominantly support research conducted at the http://www.autismresearchcentre.com/ Autism Research Centre (ARC) at Cambridge University. The ARC is at the cutting edge of autism research. Under the leadership of Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, the ARC aims to develop our understanding of the causes of autism and to evaluate interventions to ensure that people affected by autism receive the best possible support.
With your help we aim to fund research that will influence understanding and services worldwide. The Autism Research Trust strongly believes that by investing in high quality research we can make a difference to the lives of those affected by autism, both now and into future generations.