The following charities can be nominated via the online event registration process (coming soon). Details will be sent direct to the nominated charity.
Aware Defeat Depression
|Aware Defeat Depression is the only charity in Northern Ireland which exists exclusively for people with all forms of depression, the most common form of mental illness, which affects every family in the country.
We provide over 20 local self-help support groups and a listening ear helpline for people who need information and support to cope with their depression. These are run by trained volunteers who have experience of depression as well as by our own staff. We also campaign for better treatments for people and for better access to them and we work to overcome the stigma associated with mental ill health generally.
As a small charity with only ten staff we have a huge job to do to help everyone with depression to get better. It is well researched that walking in the country or rambling, is of as much benefit to someone with mild depression as taking anti-depressants, so we are delighted to encourage people to walk and raise funds for us at the same time. In 2007, 5 people took their own life every week in N.I., and at least 2/3rd did so because they were depressed. Please help us to make sure that someone with depression today does not become a suicide statistic tomorrow, and do a sponsored walk for us. Thank you.
" Aware Defeat Depression saved my life ....in 2003 I was suffering a particularly severe bout of depression and was suicidal................
I had written a note and planned my suicide in meticulous detail......fortunately I phoned Aware instead......"
Please help us to help other people like this to get their life back after depression.
You can donate online through our website www.aware-ni.org.uk right now.
All funds will go towards our support groups and helpline
If you need support and information about depression call our helpline
08451 20 29 61 ...visit website
MS Society Northern Ireland
|The MS Society Northern Ireland is the leading person centered charity providing information, advice, emotional and practical support to people affected by Multiple Sclerosis in Northern Ireland, it has over 2000 members. The Society is committed to making a real difference by providing a range of services, and a network of local support throughout Northern Ireland via its 15 Branches. Northern Ireland has the highest incidence of multiple sclerosis (per head of population) in the world.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a condition of the central nervous system. It is the most common disabling neurological disease among young adults and affects over 4000 people in Northern Ireland. MS is most often diagnosed in people between the ages of 20 and 40, though it can be earlier or later. Women are almost twice as likely as men to develop MS, and in rare cases it affects children. Once diagnosed, MS stays with the person for life. There is no cure.
To find out more about the MS Society Northern Ireland or about Multiple Sclerosis please visit www.mssocietyni.co.uk
Ulster Cancer Foundation
|“There is little that causes as much anxiety and distress as a diagnosis of cancer. Every year in Northern Ireland almost 9,000 people will face this shocking reality and around 3,600 families will lose a loved one to the disease.
|“The Ulster Cancer Foundation is a local charity that aims not only to save lives, but also to enhance the quality of life of everyone affected by cancer by driving forward improvements in treatment and care for those diagnosed with cancer. Our work is only possible because of the support and ongoing contributions from local people.”
Senior Development Officer
Appeals & Marketing
|In Northern Ireland Marie Curie Cancer Care works in mainly two ways. Through the Marie Curie Hospice in Belfast, which is a specialist in-patient unit caring for those who are ill with cancer, and through the Marie Curie Nursing Service across Northern Ireland.
There are over 200 Marie Curie Nurses working throughout Northern Ireland. The care the nursing service provides is available for up to 8 hours at a time - throughout the day but more often overnight. This service provides high quality patient care, offering practical nursing care to patients and support for families in the familiar surroundings of their own homes.
During 2007 808 patients were cared for in the community by the Marie Curie Nursing Service and 271 patients were cared for at the Marie Curie Hospice.