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Candis Big Give Christmas Challenge Charities 2020

Action for M.E.

What they do: Create a greater awareness and understanding of M.E. and ensure that those affected by the condition get the care and support they need.

Candis Big Give project: The money raised will go towards providing vital help, information and support to both children and adults affected by M.E. through its Online M.E. Centre (which reaches more than 1,150 people every day) – giving them access to an informative website and online peer-support forums for those living with M.E. and their parents, carers and guardians. It will also support researchers and research activity into M.E, which currently has no cure and very little understanding around how to treat it, and help to increase skills and knowledge among professionals so they can better support people with M.E.

Location: National

Fundraising target: £90,000

Website: www.actionforme.org.uk

Ataxia UK

What they do: Raise funds for medical research into finding treatments and a cure for ataxia – which is an umbrella term for a group of neurological disorders that affect balance, coordination and speech – and offer support, advice and information for anyone affected.

Candis Big Give project: To improve access to diagnosis and treatment for the 12,000 people across the UK living with a form of ataxia, which are rare, life-limiting, progressively destructive conditions for which there is currently no cure. The money will go towards establishing additional NHS-accredited ataxia centres – of which there are currently only two in the UK – and improving access to extended specialist services at all centres with the provision of Multi-Disciplinary Community Teams,  a peer support scheme at all centres, and virtual clinics where patients can be seen by expert ataxia neurologists by video link, reducing the need to travel.

Location: National

Fundraising target: £68,000

Website: www.ataxia.org.uk

The Brain Tumour Charity

What they do: Fund pioneering research, raise awareness and provide support for everyone affected by brain tumours.

Candis Big Give project: The money raised will be invested into research into brain tumours, which are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40. The money will fund and promote new research ideas and types of research that could revolutionise the understanding of brain tumours, make treatments available more quickly and improve clinical outcomes, offering hope to the estimated 102,000 children and adults in the UK currently living with a brain tumour and the 31 people each day diagnosed with one.

Location: National

Fundraising target: £90,000

Website: www.thebraintumourcharity.org

Breast Cancer Haven

What they do: Provide free emotional, practical and physical support to anyone suffering from breast cancer.

Candis Big Give project: The money raised will help the charity to provide their free personalised breast cancer support programme to people affected by breast cancer. The programme is made up of 12 hours of 1-2-1 support, which includes advice on practical things like work and money, combatting stress and exhaustion and healthy eating, as well as emotional support, empowering women to develop the tools and skills they need to manage the effects of their treatment, rebuild their self-esteem and improve their overall wellbeing and quality of life.

Location: National

Fundraising target: £59,996

Website: www.breastcancerhaven.org.uk

Canine Partners

What they do: Transform the lives of people with disabilities by partnering them with free-of-charge assistance dogs, who are specially trained to meet each individual’s needs.

Candis Big Give project: To provide more specially trained assistance dogs to physically disabled adults in 2020 than in any previous year. The practical and day-to-day support provided by a canine partner means that individuals can become less reliant on friends, family members and carers, while the dogs also provide psychological, emotional and social benefits, meaning that people are empowered to get back out in their community, return to work and explore new opportunities.

Location: National

Fundraising target: £90,000

Website: www.caninepartners.org.uk

Chailey Heritage Foundation

What they do: Help children and young people with complex physical disabilities and health needs to fulfil their potential by providing education, care and transition services.

Candis Big Give project: To purchase an Innowalk – a specialist piece of equipment that helps people with severe disabilities to move their arms and legs in both sitting and standing positions. The motor operated motion therapy device would enable the young people with complex physical disabilities and health needs who are supported by the charity to exercise out of their wheelchairs, helping to improve their muscle strength, bone density and general wellbeing.

Location: Sussex

Fundraising target: £18,000

Website: www.chf.org.uk

The Children’s Trust

What they do: Deliver rehabilitation, education and community services to children with a brain injury.

Candis Big Give project: To offer specialist play activities and music therapy to nearly 200 children with a brain injury at its specialist centre in 2020. These activities will support the children with their recovery by helping them to develop and relearn physical, cognitive, social and emotional skills, while also giving them the opportunity to express their feelings, reconnect with the world and have fun during a difficult time.

Location: Surrey

Fundraising target: £65,000

Website: www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/home

The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity

What they do: Raise funds to improve patient experience and promote research at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, a UK leader in the delivery of cancer care.

Candis Big Give project: To provide an Intrathecal Room at its new cancer hospital in Liverpool, which will be part of the hospital’s aim to unite care for blood cancer and solid tumour patients and offer haematoncology services to the patients treated there. Staff will use the fit-for-purpose room – which has been designed according to regulation guidelines – to deliver chemotherapy to prevent leukaemia spreading to the fluid around the brain and spine, helping to transform care for patients with leukaemia.

Location: Liverpool

Fundraising target: £38,000

Website: www.clatterbridgecc.nhs.uk/charity/home

Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust

What they do: Fly over 800 life-saving missions every year in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, bringing vital emergency medical treatment in minutes to patients.

Candis Big Give project: To purchase and fit a patient life support system – including an oxygen system and medical bridge to house a vital signs monitor, defibrillator, ventilator and other life-saving medical aids – to a new AW169 helicopter. This will allow the Critical Care Paramedics to stabilise and treat patients on route to the hospital, transforming emergency medical care for the most critically injured and seriously ill patients.

Location: Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

Fundraising target: £90,000

Website: www.cornwallairambulancetrust.org

DEBRA

What they do: Support individuals and families affected by Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).

Candis Big Give project: To fund the outstanding cost of enhanced care for children with Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) – a complex, painful and debilitating group of skin conditions that cause the skin to become very fragile and easily blister – at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), where up to 500 of the most seriously ill young EB patients in the UK are treated every year.

Location: London

Fundraising target: £32,000

Website: www.debra.org.uk

Dreamflight

What they do: Change young lives by taking children with a serious illness or disability on the holiday of a lifetime to Orlando, Florida.

Candis Big Give project: To send 20 children with a serious illness or disability on a 10-day trip to Orlando. The money will cover all costs for the trip, including travel and food, accommodation, medical expenses, entry to theme parks, a dolphin swim and reunion parties, giving them a much-needed opportunity to have fun, build their confidence and develop lifelong friendships.

Location: National

Fundraising target: £70,000

Website: www.dreamflight.org

Joss Searchlight

What they do: Offer emotional and practical support to families affected by childhood cancer.

Candis Big Give project: The money will go towards an art project involving more than 300 children. Professional art organisations will offer a varied programme of creative activities to inspire children with disabilities to interact with able-bodied children, to help eliminate prejudice and promote inclusion, with a core purpose of togetherness.

Location: Oxfordshire

Fundraising target: £8,000

Website: www.josssearchlight.org.uk

Maggie’s Centres

What they do: Offer free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their families and friends.

Candis Big Give project: To continue to offer a wide range of services to those affected by cancer, at its centre at the Royal Free Hospital in London. The money raised will also help the charity to expand on its services, including the provision of a prehabilitation service, which will help those before a cancer diagnosis and at the start of their treatment through practical advice, counselling and light exercise sessions (to prepare for treatment and/or surgery). It will also go towards more art therapy sessions and help the charity to continue to grow and develop its Lymphoedema Clinic, which is currently the only one of its kind supporting breast cancer patients who have developed cancer-related lymphoedema (a chronic condition causing swelling in the body’s tissues).

Location: London

Fundraising target: £18,500

Website: www.maggiescentres.org

Noah’s Ark Charity

What they do: Fundraise for the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital in Wales.

Candis Big Give project: To fund purpose-built facilities and equipment for the hospital’s Jungle Ward, helping to create a specialist facility for neuro rehabilitation and mental health patients to ensure the best possible recovery. The ward – which treats 4000 children each year and will continue to care for young patients with complex medical conditions – will have improved play and therapy areas, fully wheelchair-accessible bathrooms and better facilities for parents, improving the experience for children and families who often spend long periods of time on the ward.

Location: Cardiff

Fundraising target: £64,000

Website: www.noahsarkcharity.org

Ovacome, Ovarian cancer

What they do: Provide a strong and supportive community for anyone affected by ovarian cancer.

Candis Big Give project: To provide community support hubs for those affected by ovarian cancer across the West Midlands, which will provide a knowledgebase and somewhere women affected by the disease can get together to develop support networks and friendships. It will also help to fund symptoms awareness materials and help the charity raise awareness of the disease amongst marginalised groups.

Location: West Midlands

Fundraising target: £30,000

Website: www.ovacome.org.uk

Parkinson’s UK

What they do: Raise awareness, fund groundbreaking research and provide information and support to anyone affected by Parkinson’s.

Candis Big Give project: The money raised will go towards running the charity’s Helpline, which offers much-needed support to those affected by Parkinson’s. The Helpline’s trained advisers and specialists help people cope with the emotional impact and practical challenges of living with the condition (including progressing symptoms, medication challenges and issues to do with benefits and employment), refer callers on to additional support services, and help them know they’re not alone.

Location: National

Fundraising target: £60,000

Website: www.parkinsons.org.uk

Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity

What they do: Brighten the lives of seriously ill young people and their families by granting wishes and providing ongoing support.

Candis Big Give project: To help children living with a serious illness and their families to create precious memories at Christmas. The money raised will help bring joy and hope to three children facing painful treatments and side effects by granting them wishes involving their entire family. It will also help them host six Christmas Hospital Activity Days – including bedside performers and the delivery of Christmas gifts – bringing entertainment and helping to reduce a sense of isolation for children and families having to spend time in hospital over the festive season.

Location: National

Fundraising target: £10,000

Website: www.raysofsunshine.org.uk

Rennie Grove Hospice Care

What they do: Provide care and support for patients and families affected by a life-limiting illness.

Candis Big Give project: To help keep families together this Christmas. The money raised will help prevent unnecessary hospital visits and admissions over the festive season – so that those living with a life-limiting illness can spend time at home in the heart of the family – by funding specialist, flexible and responsive care from the charity’s hospice at home nursing teams, both day and night.

Location: Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire

Fundraising target: £20,000

Website: www.renniegrove.org

Retina UK

What they do: Support people affected by inherited progressive sight loss and invest in medical research.

Candis Big Give project: To fund research into inherited retinal conditions – the most common cause of blindness amongst those of working age in the UK. It will invest the funds into the most promising medical research projects currently taking place, helping to increase understanding of inherited retinal conditions and lay the foundations for future treatments to halt or reverse sight loss.

Location: National

Fundraising target: £30,000

Website: www.retinauk.org.uk

Ruddi’s Retreat

What they do: Help families with seriously ill children have access to a holiday home for free.

Candis Big Give project: To provide children living with cancer or other life limiting illnesses and their families with a respite break at one of its three accessible and fully kitted out caravans based at Primrose Valley in Filey, North Yorkshire. Many families affected by childhood illness take a drop in income, meaning they are unable to afford a holiday, so these breaks will allow families to relax, recharge their batteries and create precious family memories to last a lifetime.

Location: Yorkshire

Fundraising target: £20,000

Website: www.ruddisretreat.org

Sebastian’s Action Trust

What they do: Offer emotional and practical support and free specialist respite holidays to seriously ill children and their families.

Candis Big Give project: To provide families of seriously ill children with dedicated, practical outreach support in the local community, in hospital, in the home, and at its new Family Outreach & Respite Centre, The Woodlands. The services offered will include financial advice, wellbeing activities such as art and music therapy, counselling, and a calendar of events and activities to promote social inclusion, helping to reduce many of the pressures and challenges families face when caring for a seriously ill child.

Location: Berkshire and Hampshire

Fundraising target: £24,000

Website: www.sebastiansactiontrust.org

SeeAbility (The Royal School for the Blind)

What they do: Support people with sight loss and multiple disabilities.

Candis Big Give project: To extend its support for people with learning disabilities, autism and sight loss by providing new technology to aid with communication, specialist sensory equipment or home adjustments that will give them greater independence and a better quality of life.

Location: National

Fundraising target: £38,780

Website: www.seeability.org

Society for Mucopolysaccharide Diseases

What they do: Provide support to individuals and families affected by MPS, Fabry and related diseases.

Candis Big Give project: To continue to offer and expand its support services to those affected by Mucopolysaccharide Disease (MPS) and related diseases – which are a group of 25 rare and incurable genetic conditions which cause progressive physical disability. The money raised will help the charity improve and update its information resources and expand its patient services and advocacy team, so that families are able to access the support, information and advocacy they need to make informed decisions, including about treatment, education and benefits.

Location: National

Fundraising target: £10,000

Website: www.mpssociety.org.uk

Tommy’s

What they do: Save babies’ lives during pregnancy and birth by funding research into miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth, and providing pregnancy health information to parents.

Candis Big Give project: To develop and promote a care package for recurrent miscarriage – which affects 10 in 100 women – with guidelines stating what ‘good’ and ‘excellent’ care looks like based on latest research evidence. This will be available to all to download from the charity’s website, so that both clinicians and patients can understand the care that should be offered, with the aim of ensuring consistently high-quality care for women across all miscarriage services in the UK.

Location: National

Fundraising target: £90,000

Website: www.tommys.org

Willow Foundation

What they do: Provide unforgettable Special Days for seriously ill adults aged 16-40.

Candis Big Give project: To offer Special Days to more adults living with cancer, muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis and other life-limiting conditions. These special days, which are planned to the specific wishes of the individual, aim to give young adults who are dealing with various devastating effects of being diagnosed with a serious illness in the prime of their life – including long-term treatment, anxiety, pain, uncertainty and shortened life expectancy – a positive focus away from diagnosis and treatment and a chance to enjoy some quality time with their loved ones and create precious and lasting memories.

Location: National

Fundraising target: £40,000

Website: www.willowfoundation.org.uk

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