The Candis Big Give Christmas Challenge Charities 2021-2022

🌟🌟We did it!🌟🌟

After another year difficult year for many of us, we’re delighted to announce that the 2021 Candis Big Give Christmas Challenge has raised more than £3/4million for our chosen health charities! Thank you so much – this money will make a huge difference to those in need.

Action for ME

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: With scientists predicting an increase in people living with M.E. following Covid-19 infection, the money will help the charity provide the right support and services to meet this growing need and ensure those who have been living with the condition for years – often without support or treatment and facing serious stigma — are not left behind. It will go towards providing information, support, advocacy services and signposting to children and adults with M.E. and improving access to the charity’s services for underserved communities. It will also help the charity to increase awareness and understanding of the condition by educating GPs and health care professionals, lobbying for changes in funding and policy, and supporting researchers and research activity into M.E.

Location: National

Fundraising target: £100,000

Alder Hey Children’s Charity

What they do: Provide care for children, young people and their families.

Candis Big Give project: To raise funds towards a new 22-cot Surgical Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Alder Hey, to offer parents and their newborn babies the best possible environment in which to get well. The new unit will allow families to stay with their babies in private, comfortable rooms while they are accessing the best quality care and halve the number of transfers of newborn babies between Alder Hey and Liverpool Women’s Hospital, leading to better clinical outcomes.

Location: Liverpool

Fundraising target: £58,400

Back Up

What they do: Inspire people affected by spinal cord injury to get the most out of life.

Candis Big Give project: To offer a package of support to those affected by spinal cord injury, which can have a devastating effect on every area of a person’s life and leave them feeling isolated and alone. The services offered — which are designed and delivered by people affected by spinal cord injury themselves — include wheelchair skills training, a mentoring service, telephone support, life skills and activity courses, and support returning to work or education. They are designed to give people the skills, confidence and independence to get back to living life to the full.

Location: National

Fundraising target: £40,000

Bowel Cancer UK

What they do: Fund research, campaign and provide support to save lives and improve the quality of life of everyone affected by bowel cancer.

Candis Big Give project: To fund targeted research into bowel cancer, which is the second biggest cancer killer in the UK but is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. The research will help experts to identify ways of preventing bowel cancer, improve screening, understand and identify people at high risk, understand bowel cancer in the under 50s, and ensure best treatment and care for all bowel cancer patients. This will help to reduce rates of bowel cancers and increase survival rates.

Location: National

Fundraising target: £40,000

Canine Partners

What it does: Transforms the lives of people with disabilities by partnering them with free-of-charge assistance dogs specially trained to meet each individual’s needs.

Candis Big Give project: To train more assistance dogs to support as many physically disabled people as possible. The practical and day-to-day support provided by a canine partner will help individuals to live independently with the security of having help at hand 24 hours a day, while the dogs also provide companionship and psychological, emotional and social benefits, meaning that people are empowered to get back out in their community, return to work or education, and explore new opportunities.

Location: National

Fundraising target: £100,000

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: The money raised will help to fund the running of Patchwork Farm, which is a fully wheelchair accessible, on-site, therapeutic farm featuring a variety of traditional and non-traditional farm animals. The funds raised will go towards clothing and hygiene equipment to keep visitors to the farm safe; care and food for the animals; pay for the farm manager and their assistant; and the upkeep of the buildings and land. The farm will offer the young people an interactive, multi-sensory, outdoor learning experience, to help increase their confidence in exploring new and different environments; expose them to new sights, sounds, smells and textures; and promote physical and emotional wellbeing.

Location: Sussex

Fundraising target: £25,000

The Children’s Trust

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

Candis Big Give project: To pilot and test three Community Neurorehabilitation teams in England so that every child with a brain injury will have access to the rehabilitation and services they need when they need them, and to provide a new Schools Brain Injury Awareness Service to help teachers identify children with an acquired injury so they can get the support they need. These services will increase early intervention for children with an acquired brain injury (which may not be apparent straight away) and help them to perform better in school, develop skills and play an active part in their own lives.

Location: Surrey

Fundraising target: £100,000

The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity

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

Candis Big Give project: To deliver a programme of music-making activities to improve the health and wellbeing of people with cancer by reducing anxiety and stress. The programme will include live and recorded performances by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, interactive musical courses, one-to-one and group participatory sessions, and monthly patient drop-in sessions focusing on exploring music, composing and singing.

Location: Cheshire and Merseyside

Fundraising target: £20,000

Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation

What it does: Fund research into cures for diabetes and finding more efficient ways of managing diabetes and provide support to people living with the condition.

Candis Big Give project: The money raised will go towards funding the charity’s award-winning programme of face-to-face and virtual educational events. These will enable people with all types of diabetes and their family, friends and carers to come together, share their experiences, and listen to talks delivered by healthcare professionals and experts in the field of diabetes to help them gain a better understanding of diabetes, improve self-management skills, and stay well and reduce risk of complications.

Location: National

Fundraising target: £15,000

Endometriosis UK

What they do: Provide vital support services, information and a community for those affected by endometriosis.

Candis Big Give project: To keep the charity’s support services running and provide more support to the 1.5 million people in the UK living with endometriosis. Endometriosis is a disease where cells similar to the ones lining the womb are found elsewhere in the body, leading to chronic pelvic pain, painful periods, bowel and bladder problems, painful sex, fatigue and difficulty getting pregnant. The money raised will help the charity to be there for those impacted by endometriosis when they need it most.

Location: National

Fundraising target: £18,000

HEART UK – The Cholesterol Charity

What they do: Provide support and information to those affected by high cholesterol.

Candis Big Give project: To educate people about cholesterol; support families affected by inherited high cholesterol through early detection, treatment and the right kind of support; and raise awareness amongst the public of the dangers of high cholesterol – which affects 1 in 2 people in the UK and is one of the biggest preventable cause factors for cardiovascular disease, stroke and vascular dementia.

Location: National

Fundraising target: £6,000

Multiple System Atrophy Trust

What it does: Support people affected by multiple system atrophy (MSA) – a terminal neurodegenerative disease with no known cause or cure.

Candis Big Give project: The money raised will go towards growing the charity’s Welfare Grant Fund, which helps provide financial aid and peace of mind to families struggling to make ends meet while caring for a loved one with MSA. It will go towards providing a minimum of 20 one-off payments to people affected by MSA for whatever their need might be – such as mobility equipment, respite care or counselling.

Location: National

Fundraising target: £10,000

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 be invested into groundbreaking scientific research to break through barriers in drug development and make new treatments a reality for those living with Parkinson’s, which is the fastest growing neurological condition in the world, and which currently has no cure. The charity is aiming to be able to deliver a life-changing new treatment by the end of 2024 through funding and fast tracking the most promising scientific discoveries.

Location: National

Fundraising target: £60,000

The Peter Ashley Activity Centres

What they do: Provide opportunities for all to experience and participate in sporting and equestrian activities.

Candis Big Give project: To purchase a horse-drawn carriage especially adapted to take wheelchairs for the charity’s Equestrian Centre at Fort Widley, which is an affiliated Riding for the Disabled (RDA) Centre. This will help those who are physically unable to get on a horse to access the many benefits of riding, including improving mobility and coordination and encouraging confidence and self-worth while having fun.

Location: Hampshire

Fundraising target: £6,000

Spinal Muscular Atrophy UK

What they do: Provide information, emotional support and practical advice to anyone affected by Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

Candis Big Give project: To continue to deliver a comprehensive package of support to anyone affected by Spinal Muscular Atrophy, which is a rare, genetic neuromuscular condition causing progressive muscle weakness and leading to loss of movement. The money raised will help the charity to deliver information through podcasts and web updates, and empower the SMA Community to manage their condition, choices of support and treatment. It will also help ensure those affected have better access to the services, funding and equipment they need, as well as to a network of support from others who care and understand what they are going through.

Location: National

Fundraising target: £24,000

St Joseph’s Hospice Association

What they do: Provide high quality end of life and long-term care to people with life limiting conditions from within the West Lancashire, Sefton, Liverpool and Knowsley areas.

Candis Big Give project: The money raised will go towards improving hospice care for patients who have dementia, to give them a better quality of life at the end of life. Improvements will include dementia-friendly signage throughout the hospice, redecoration of patient rooms and communal areas for easy identification, the purchase of assistive technology such as large date and time clocks and sympathetic lighting, and training of nursing staff to help them better understand and meet the needs of dementia patients.

Location: Merseyside

Fundraising target: £20,000

The Wilberforce Trust

What they do: Support people with visual and hearing impairments.

Candis Big Give project: To support whole families of children with visual impairments through a combination of inclusive therapeutic activities – such as art, music and drama therapy, as well as yoga and mindfulness – to help improve wellbeing, reduce mood disorders, build resilience and build support networks.

Location: York

Fundraising target: £12,000


What they do: Work to change the perceptions of mental health for those working in the medical sector and develop bespoke mental health support for doctors.

Candis Big Give project: The money raised will go towards improving the mental wellbeing of doctors – who are two to five times more likely to commit suicide than the general population – through a package of support, activity and information. This will include the provision of regular tips for busy frontline workers on how to take care of their mental health, webinars and podcasts that challenge the stigma and educate on mental health issues, safe group conversation spaces hosted by psychotherapists, regular free exercise and nutrition classes, and a 24/7 text service for any NHS worker who is struggling.

Location: National

Fundraising target: £17,000

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