The following charities can be nominated via the online event registration process (coming soon). Details will be sent direct to the nominated charity.
Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke
|Today in Northern Ireland 10 people will suffer a heart attack. 11 people will have a stroke, even people as young 20. And 1 in every 8 deaths will result from respiratory failure. In addition to this almost 200,000 people are living with long term chest, heart, or stroke conditions.
Our vision for Northern Ireland is one where everyone can live life to the full, free from chest, heart and stroke illnesses. To achieve this, we run Support Groups to provide a listening ear, emotional support and practical advice or signposting to people and their families and carers affected by chest, heart and lung conditions.
We offer a comprehensive healthy schools programme that aims to influence young people's lifestyle behaviours at an early age, with the hope of a knock on effect on their family and wider community. Our health promotion services include health information, talks and nurse health assessments in the workplace and in the community which enable people to make informed choices and adopt healthier lifestyles in order to reduce their risk of developing chest, heart and stroke illnesses.
We are committed to funding research into the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care of chest, heart and stroke illnesses in Northern Ireland's hospitals and universities which will benefit the people of Northern Ireland.
NICHS is your local charity for the care and prevention of chest, heart and stroke illnesses. Its work has an impact on the lives of thousands of local people through support groups, health promotion, research and policy work. If you would like to help us do this work, visit www.nichs.org.uk
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
Cancer Fund for Children
|Every week in Northern Ireland another three children, teenagers and young adults (0-24) are diagnosed with cancer.
As the leading children’s cancer charity in NI, Cancer Fund for Children understands the devastating impact a cancer diagnosis and treatment can have on the whole family and that beyond essential medical care there is a family life that needs to be rebuilt.
With over 40 years’ of experience Cancer Fund for Children are experts in our field providing specialist services, advice and support to children and young people (0-24) diagnosed with cancer and their families.
Cancer Fund for Children also supports families where a parent of children (0-24) has been diagnosed with cancer.
Our services include practical, financial and emotional support, which is delivered by a team of experienced Specialists at home, on the hospital ward and in the community.
Cancer Fund for Children currently works with over 350 families and over 800 children and young people at any one time.
To find out more about the Cancer Fund for Children please visit www.cancerfundforchildren.com
Stroke Association NI
|"A stroke is a brain attack which happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off. There are around 4,500 strokes in Northern Ireland every year and it is the leading cause of severe adult disability.
Stroke can have a devastating impact on someone’s life causing physical disability and difficulty communicating. There are more than 35,000 stroke survivors in Northern Ireland.
The Stroke Association is Northern Ireland’s only dedicated stroke charity. We believe in life after stroke and together we can conquer stroke. We work directly with stroke survivors and their families and carers, with health and social care professionals and with scientists and researchers. We campaign to improve stroke care and support people to make the best recovery they can. In Northern Ireland we provide communication and support groups to help stroke survivors recover communication skills and regain independence after stroke. Our Stroke Recovery Coordinators also provide information, advice and 1 to 1 support for local families affected by stroke.
We also fund research to develop new treatments and ways of preventing stroke. The Stroke Helpline (0303 303 3100) provides information and support on stroke. More information can be found at www.stroke.org.uk or by following us on Facebook www.facebook.com/strokeassociationni or Twitter @strokeassocni
|Mencap is the leading voice of learning disability. Everything we do is about valuing and supporting people with a learning disability, their families and carers.
Mencap was established in Northern Ireland in 1965 and each year we support thousands of people with a learning disability to live their lives the way they choose. We work in partnership with people with a learning disability to fight to change laws and improve services and access to education, employment and leisure facilities.
We do this in a number of ways:
-We deliver a wide range of practical support services for children, young people and adults with a learning disability and their families and carers. We ensure that children attending Segal House Nursery can learn and play in a therapeutic environment that helps to develop skills and achieve goals that would be unattainable without specialist expertise and support*
-We provide people with a learning disability a platform so they can speak out about the things that are important to them
-We challenge attitudes and assumptions about learning disability and involve people from different backgrounds and communities in our work.
Every week, two babies in Northern Ireland are born with a learning disability. With the right support – at the right time – these children can live full and happy lives.
By choosing to fundraise for Mencap you will be helping change the lives of those with a learning disability in Northern Ireland. Visit http://mencapbigstepforward.org for more information on Mencap.