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Cancer Care and Haematology Fund £25,000
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Cancer Care and Haematology Fund

The Cancer Care and Haematology Fund was formed 25 years ago to build a stand-alone treatment day unit for patients with Blood disorders or Cancer at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. It...

The Cancer Care and Haematology Fund was formed 25 years ago to build a stand-alone treatment day unit for patients with Blood disorders or Cancer at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. It continues to support patients with Blood disorders or Cancer at Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust by funding a variety of innovative projects, over and above the expected NHS provision.

Our aim is to ensure that local patients can receive the best up-to-date treatment, close to their homes, in comfortable and attractive surroundings. We are currently funding two specialist nurses, who provide extra patient support, and they make a great difference to the experience of treatment, and the eventual outcome. The first is trained to insert and maintain the delicate intravenous lines required for chemotherapy and the second is a new post supporting patients going through bone marrow transplantation.

The charity also funds a wig fitting service for patients who will lose their hair. This service is not generally provided elsewhere but we believe it provides a valuable lifeline to patients at this distressing time.

The charity is run by local volunteers, with minimal paid support, who work closely with unit staff to help create a quality treatment centre with a very special atmosphere.

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People £6,000
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Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is a unique charitable body in the UK. The Charity enables profoundly deaf adults and children to live more secure and independent lives through the pr...

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is a unique charitable body in the UK. The Charity enables profoundly deaf adults and children to live more secure and independent lives through the provision of specifically trained ‘hearing’ dogs. These dogs provide their recipients with practical sound based assistance, security, increased independence and – importantly – make visible the invisible disability of deafness which helps communication with, and inclusion in, the hearing world.

A hearing dog alerts its recipient to everyday sounds such as the alarm clock, doorbells, telephone and danger alerts, for example the smoke alarm, increasing safety and independence and achieving positive improvements in mental wellbeing, social integration and confidence, often enabling the recipient to return to work.

Karen’s Big Smiles  Charity Trust £4,000
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Karen’s Big Smiles Charity Trust

Karen was diagnosed with a very rare cancer at the age of 28 and passed away at the age of 32. During the time she was receiving treatment and recuperation it became very apparent...

Karen was diagnosed with a very rare cancer at the age of 28 and passed away at the age of 32. During the time she was receiving treatment and recuperation it became very apparent that certain needs particular relating to her age were not being addressed. The Trust was set friends of hers who witnessed at first hand the struggle she had to get this support.

Karen’s Big Smiles Charity Trust provides grants to young adults who have a life limiting condition. The needs of a young adult living with a life limiting condition are very different to a child’s or indeed someone in later life. The needs are very much practical, to remain in work/college, financial and social this is probably the most important of all.

We have helped many individuals aged 18 to 40 who live in Bucks and have raised a lot of smiles in the form of grants, providing equipment, support, holidays, wigs, taxi service and donations. We have also partnered with South Bucks Hospice to raise money for a room “Our Place” within the new hospice that is solely for the use of young adults. This will be a fun vibrant place where they can get support with specially trained staff and socialise with people their own age, it will also have its own dedicated entrance.

Lindengate £4,000
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Lindengate

Lindengate is a mental health charity that offers specialised gardening activities to help those with mental health needs in their continuing recovery. Our services, known as Socia...

Lindengate is a mental health charity that offers specialised gardening activities to help those with mental health needs in their continuing recovery. Our services, known as Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (STH), use the healing power of nature and the outdoors to improve mental wellbeing, boost self-esteem and social inclusion and encourage long-term recovery. STH is recognised to be beneficial for a wide range of mental health needs including anxiety, depression, loneliness as well as for people with autism (ASD), dementia and head injury.

Lindengate operates from a 5-acre site in Buckinghamshire, where we offer gardening, conservation, horticulture, craft and construction activities that enable users to spend time in a managed and calm environment, either singly or in small groups, reducing their isolation and working towards their recovery. We call our service users Gardeners. Each Gardener is treated as an individual, rather than put into a box according to their diagnosis and Lindengate therapy is not time-limited.

The charity was established towards the end of 2013 by two friends, Charlie Powell and Siân Chattle, who had both encountered either personal or family mental health issues. Their drive and passion to help others to improve their mental health and wellbeing stems from their own experiences and drives all aspects of the charity.

Medical Detection Dogs £15,000
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Medical Detection Dogs

Medical Detection Dogs works in partnership with researchers, NHS Trusts and universities to train specialist dogs to detect the odour of human disease. The charity was co-founded...

Medical Detection Dogs works in partnership with researchers, NHS Trusts and universities to train specialist dogs to detect the odour of human disease.
The charity was co-founded in 2008 by a team including Dr Claire Guest, a scientist and animal behaviour expert, and Dr John Church, a former orthopaedic surgeon.

The two main arms are Bio Detection Dogs and Medical Assistance Dogs.

Bio Detection Dogs are trained predominantly to detect the odour of cancer. Their highly sensitive noses are capable of picking up the smell of cancer volatiles in urine or breath samples. The technology has the potential to provide second line testing for cancers that are currently difficult to diagnose reliably, such as prostate cancer. Currently the charity is undertaking two trials, one into the detection of breast cancer and a second into prostate, kidney and bladder cancer with local NHS trusts. Both are three-year studies, expected to be published in 2018.

Medical Assistance Dogs are trained to assist individuals who manage complex medical conditions, such as diabetes, on a day-to-day basis. The dogs are taught to identify the odour changes that are associated with certain medical events, such as a drop in blood sugar level. There are currently 78 dogs partnered across the UK and with more funding this number will increase.

The charity receives no government funding and relies entirely on charitable donations.

The Graham Fulford Charitable Trust £4,000
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The Graham Fulford Charitable Trust

We aim to promote Prostate Health Awareness in Men, particularly Men over 50 years of age, Men with a family history of Prostate or Breast Cancer and Afro Caribbean Men. We started...

We aim to promote Prostate Health Awareness in Men, particularly Men over 50 years of age, Men with a family history of Prostate or Breast Cancer and Afro Caribbean Men. We started the Charity in 2004 after a close friend and a relative diagnosed with Prostate Cancer, both found too late and sadly no longer with us.

Since then we have travelled the length and breadth of the country giving awareness talks and providing men with PSA blood tests where requested. Working with other groups we have so far helped carry out over 68,000 blood tests and have helped in the diagnosis of over 1,120 Prostate Cancers to date.

Given the importance of health professionals being able to review the impact of the PSA rate of change (PSA Velocity) we have also developed a database of all the men’s scores to date. During the past 12 years we have developed strong links with Masonic Provinces, Lions Clubs, Rotarians and other Groups where our target audience play a significant role.

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