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Charity Award – Neuro Support Group

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NSGThe Neuro Support Group was formed back in the late 1990s at the Badsleymoor Lane Rehabilitation Centre in Rotherham where a group of people met every week for rehabilitation after suffering the trauma of a stroke, brain tumour, M.S. and other neurological disorders all life changing experiences. They formed their own support group meeting once a month to socialise and regain self esteem, confidence and the ability to get their lives back on track in an able bodied world albeit very difficult at times.  The Group progressed to 60 – 70 members arranging a monthly outing to the Theatre, Harrogate Flower Show, Craft Fairs and Beverley Races providing a coach with a lift to enable wheelchair members on and off the coach. An annual holiday is organised with all accommodation arranged to suit the individual needs. All outings are subsidised, both entrance fees and transport and most trips we call for a meal which is booked, so carers can just relax no stressing looking for a table, wondering if there are disabled toilet as all of these are checked out beforehand.

We raise funds by holding a tombola stall at various venues, produce our own calendar every year, a bonus ball every week, raffles, bingo, coffee mornings and also apply for funding.  We are a registered charity no: 1109140 and a self funded voluntary run Group with a committee of six members two of which are original committee members, we are affiliated to the Stroke Association too and are in our 22nd year. Our aims are to give support and advice where possible, provide a friendly ear to listen too help build confidence to rebuild their lives. The Committee have years of experience as it is run by carers and victims.

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Charity Award – Survivors of depression in transition

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SoditWe are a small Survivor & user led women’s organisation based in Sheffield who have been running for over 20 years. We support women who experience mental health distress by the use of peer support, one to one talking therapy, campaigning,  mental health awareness training and telephone support as well as other activities.

We are 100% run by volunteers and have been awarded regional and national awards for our work locally in Sheffield, for both conferences we have held and our community engagement. We tend to fill the gaps in health services and for those people who fall through them as we do not have complex referrals and women have the flexibility to do as much as they need and can drop in and out. We work in a very holistic, family centred way with the core values that underpin our work.

Having survivor based volunteers means they have the human connection of what it feels like to have gone through all the ups and downs of health conditions both with mind and body.  Creating those  connections gives people hope for the future. We are about the moving on with life, hence the transition , but also giving flexibility and the reassurance we won’t just let people go because they have had 12 weeks of support, such as in the NHS.

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Charity Award – South Yorkshire MS Therapy Centre

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MSAs people are becoming more proactive in seeking additional ways in taking positive steps towards their personal good health, interest in our specialised Oxygen Therapy is increasing. Oxygen therapy is easy to use, you sit in a specially constructed, pressure controlled chamber (ours seats six) wear an oxygen mask, sit back and breathe – medical oxygen.  But the benefits are far reaching; people who use O2T say it helps alleviate a many symptoms of chronic illness. It is also recognised as being a   positive aid to healing and repairing nerve and tissue damage, encouraging the growth of new blood vessels, improving blood supply and increase the ability of the body’s defence mechanisms to fight infection and kill bacteria.

We are proud to say we also offer physiotherapy, osteopathy, acupuncture, massages, aromatherapy, a foot health practitioner and counsellor.  We have an exercise room with a good range of anti-spasm equipment and very importantly, a very active, social drop-in area where refreshments, friendly banter and wise words are always available and everyone is welcome.

For 2017 we need to raise £149,712,  our therapies basic costs are £61,980.  Any support given to us is very much appreciated and really does count.

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Charity Award – Rain Rescue

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Rain RescueRain Rescue are a local and active animal welfare charity that saves the lives of dogs and cats within South Yorkshire facing destruction, cruelty or neglect.  Whilst we pride ourselves on helping around 500 dogs and cats each year from Rotherham, Sheffield, Barnsley and Doncaster, we also support and help so many people and families in crisis  with their pets too. Family breakdowns, those facing poverty and eviction, fleeing violent relationships, moving into care homes or back with family members each will often have a loved pet that they are desperate to also keep safe.

Rain Rescue are there to not just lend a friendly ear – we help the family member and the relatives, by taking the animal into our care.   South Yorkshire local authorities reluctantly put to sleep a total of 638 stray dogs in 2016  – the highest percentage of all regions in the country and double the national average.  Cats, at epidemic proportions are neglected and left behind, and living in deplorable conditions.  During 2016 Rain Rescue saved 471 lives from true crisis situations and helped them move onto new loving homes.

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Charity Award – Foxhill forum

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Foxhill Forum offers a lifeline to local people living in the deprived neighbourhoods of North East Sheffield by providing a wide variety of much-needed activities, services and opportunities, all based on local need.

Opportunities are delivered across 4 core strands:Foxhill Forum

  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Active In-volvement (Volunteering)
  • Community Learning
  • Employability Support

The Forum own and manage the In-volve Community Hub, a well-used community building in which these essential opportunities take place.

A grant award from Sheffield Mutual would enable the Forum to deliver new healthy cooking and eating courses to support local people to develop basic cooking skills and improve their diets. It would also make it possible to run an additional Job Search session during the week.

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Charity Award – The Osborne Trust

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Osbourne TrustWe support children whose parents are undergoing cancer treatment. A cancer diagnosis for a parent affects the whole family, emotionally and financially. At the very time the children need some respite from seeing mum or dad go through treatment, money to do this may not be there as a parents income may have been affected. We fund up to 3 local activities for the children to go to, alongside Ozzy our stuffed elephant for support.

We are a small charity running from North Wales and covering all over the UK. We have supported and continue to support many families in and around the Yorkshire area. Should we be lucky enough to win the monies this will enable us to support another 50 families where a parent has been diagnosed with cancer and has a child/ten under 16 in the household.

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Charity Award – Be Child Cancer Aware

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Be child Cancer awareBe Child Cancer Aware is a charity set up by parents of children with cancer to promote awareness of the signs and symptoms of childhood cancer.  The charity also supports children and their families going through cancer treatment by providing the Beads of Courage programme to all oncology hospitals throughout the UK.

The Beads of Courage Programme was the brainchild of Jean Baruch, a paediatric oncology nurse working on her PhD in nursing at the University of Arizona.  She developed the programme based on her experiences as a children’s nurse and it was piloted at Phoenix Childrens’ Hospital in 2003. Since then it has spread to various countries around the world and currently supports 50,000 children and their families worldwide.  The primary aim of the programme is to support children and their families throughout their treatment journey and to help give them strength and resilience to cope better with what they have to go through.  With every treatment, children receive a specific bead relating to their treatment.  The child’s string of beads provides a tangible and meaningful record of their personal journey; something that they can show to friends and family to help explain what has been happening to them.  It can help them to better understand their treatment and give a feeling of pride and self worth when they see what they have been through and coped with.

Should Be Child Cancer Aware be successful in being awarded funding, the funds will be used to support programmes currently in Sheffield, St James’ Hospital Leeds, Institute of Oncology in Leeds and Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham where a number of Yorkshire children go for specific specialist treatment.  No matter where a child goes for treatment around the UK and US, they continue receiving their beads documenting their entire treatment journey.

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Charity Award – Yorkshire Air Ambulance

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YAAYorkshire Air Ambulance relies  entirely on the generosity of individuals and organisations to help save lives across Yorkshire every day of the year.  Aircrew teams of paramedics and doctors respond to 999 calls 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Since 2000 we have undertaken over 7000 emergency missions, flying on average three missions each day. To keep both of Yorkshire’s air ambulances in the air we need to raise £12,000 per day. This is equivalent to £4.4 million per year. As a rapid response air emergency service the Charity serves a population of approximately 5 million people across 4 million acres. Our two air ambulances can reach speeds of up to 150mph and together cover the whole of the region.

The specialist medical interventions provided can have a major impact on a patient’s survival and subsequent quality of life. Our fast emergency service is vital to a patient who has received major trauma, especially those with head and spinal injuries, as the air ambulances can avoid traffic congestion and uneven road surfaces in Yorkshire’s vast topography and road network. On average, once on board a patient will always be only 10 minutes from the nearest hospital and 15 minutes from the most relevant treatment centre. In some cases, this can save people’s lives.

We appeal annually to all communities who benefit from our emergency service, which is provided free to anyone who needs it, to help fund its continuation. We receive no government funding.

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Charity Award – Cavendish Cancer Care

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Cavendish Cancer CareAt Cavendish Cancer Care we recognise that cancer affects every aspect of a person’s life and that the impact of this life-changing diagnosis extends far beyond the patient. We offer free-of-charge support in the form of counselling and complementary therapies to whole families to reduce the severity and duration of this impact. Cavendish care is available at all stages of the cancer journey from diagnosis, through remission and recurrence, to end of life care and bereavement. We also have specialist children and young people’s therapists to offer support to all those up to the age of 18 who are affected by a diagnosis in their family.

We currently support around 1,500 families each year and in our anniversary year we will see our 20,000th client, but we know that there is much more we could be doing. There are 65,000 people already living with and beyond cancer in our region, and in South Yorkshire alone another 8,900 will be diagnosed this year, which equates to one person every hour. Many thousands more will be affected by their diagnoses and we want every one of them to know they can count on our support, but we simply cannot do this without your support

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Charity Award – Sheffield Mencap and Gateway

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Sheff Mencap and gatewaySheffield Mencap is an independent local charity that provides support and services for children and adults with learning disabilities and autism. Our members have moderate to severe learning disabilities which means that they have to contend with lifelong conditions which impact on every aspect of daily life and in particular their communication and social skills. Our vision is that our members are able to fulfil their potential and to live the lives  they want to live.

Every weekday at Norfolk Lodge, we provide support and services designed to improve our members’ quality of life: at The Activity and Learning Hub we teach life skills such as cookery, literacy and numeracy, IT skills, Self-Advocacy in a safe and nurturing environment. We work with over 500 people with learning disabilities every week and we secure all our own funding. With your support we can make their lives better.

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