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Bright Red £6,000
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Bright Red

Bright Red is a regional blood cancer charity based at The Freeman Hospital. We have invested over £5,000,000 into the north east helping improve patient care, supporting n...

Bright Red is a regional blood cancer charity based at The Freeman Hospital. We have invested over £5,000,000 into the north east helping improve patient care, supporting nursing staff development and pushing the boundaries of blood cancer research. We have played a major role in helping Newcastle city region become one of the best places to be for those unfortunate enough to be diagnosed with a blood cancer. Despite vast improvements and advances in treatment, there is still a lot more we need to do if we are going to cure every person who is unfortunate enough to be diagnosed with a blood cancer. To continue making improvements, we need to keep raising awareness, raising funds and helping more patients There are a wide range of blood cancers. Some are more devastating than others, but every diagnosis is life changing. It is often not until you’re touched by them that you realize just how common they are, how dreadful they can be, and just how much more we need to do to eradicate them.

Disability North £4,000
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Disability North

Established in 1985, Disability North is a user-led registered charity working with and for disabled people in the North East of England, empowering them to maximise the control they have over their own lives by providing free, confidential and impartial information, advice and representation about disability benefits, welfare rights, and the availability and suitability of assistive equipment...

Established in 1985, Disability North is a user-led registered charity working with and for disabled people in the North East of England, empowering them to maximise the control they have over their own lives by providing free, confidential and impartial information, advice and representation about disability benefits, welfare rights, and the availability and suitability of assistive equipment. Our work ensures that disabled people in the North East can live safely and independently in their own homes with the correct assistive equipment and welfare benefits they are entitled to. This often means they become more active members of their communities and less marginalized by social isolation and poverty e.g. 58% of our service users stated that they felt less isolated from their communities, and over a third could afford more social activities. Thus, we can demonstrate dedication to supporting inclusion, independence and choice for disabled and older people in the North East.

Fenham Association of Residents £4,000
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Fenham Association of Residents

FAR community centre is a charity supporting disadvantaged people living in Newcastle upon Tyne...

FAR community centre is a charity supporting disadvantaged people living in Newcastle upon Tyne. FAR provides much needed relief and support for lonely and vulnerable older residents, training and education to children and young people, guidance for families in crisis and friendship for those who feel lost and isolated. Our charity is a not for profit organisation and everything we fundraise is put back into running services for our community. Over the course of a year we usually work with up to 1000 local residents. Our services start at 0-4 with our playgroups, 5-12 for your juniors groups and 13-19 for our youth groups. We provide adult training for residents seeking support to return to the work place and help for older people to adjust to living independently on their own.

Our management committee is made up of local people who live in the community and care about making a difference to where they live and to promote a sense of pride in their community. We work in partnership with many different agencies to make this happen and do it without central government help and support. We are open seven days a week from 8am until 9pm and this is only achievable because of the dedication of volunteers, staff members and people from our community.

The People’s Kitchen £4,000
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The People’s Kitchen

The Peoples Kitchen founded in 1985 provides food, friendship, clothes and shower facilities to the most vulnerable adults in Newcastle...

The Peoples Kitchen founded in 1985 provides food, friendship, clothes and shower facilities to the most vulnerable adults in Newcastle. Over 200 Volunteers give up 35,000 hours per annum of their time. As well as providing over one hundred hot meals six times a week. We actively signpost our client group to partner professional organisations such as Crisis who assist them towards more independent living. We are totally dependant on private and corporate donations and trust funding with no Local Authority or Government grants. The organisation has no paid staff.

The Percy Hedley Foundation £15,000
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The Percy Hedley Foundation

The Percy Hedley Foundation is a registered charity, operating on several sites across North Tyneside and Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England...

The Percy Hedley Foundation is a registered charity, operating on several sites across North Tyneside and Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England. The Foundation is recognised nationally and internationally as leading the way in the provision of specialist, high quality and innovative services for people with cerebral palsy, communication impairments, sensory impairments and complex learning and therapeutic needs.

As one of the UK’s largest charities for disabled people, we provide specialist pre-school, primary, secondary and post-16 education as well as a specialist Further Education College, a Sports Academy and a wide range of day services for adults. These services are augmented by residential services for both adults and children 52 weeks which includes respite.

We also offer specialised transition and employability support and a range of training courses and workshops for parents and professionals, many of whom visit from organisations around the world.

In over 60 years we have grown from supporting 12 children to over 1000 disabled people and their families and that number continues to grow every year. We recognise that disabled people should be supported to live as independently as possible, with as much choice and control over their life and for individuals to progress in their lives through education, health, care, citizenship and community integration, ensuring that all are socially included to the maximum possible at every stage of their lives.

The PSP Association £25,000
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The PSP Association

PSP is a terminal brain disease. There are currently no treatments or a cure. The average lifespan from diagnosis to death can be as short as two years. PSP Association (PSPA) is a national charity providing information and support to people with PSP and their families via a helpline, regional specialist care advisors & support groups...

PSP is a terminal brain disease. There are currently no treatments or a cure. The average lifespan from diagnosis to death can be as short as two years. PSP Association (PSPA) is a national charity providing information and support to people with PSP and their families via a helpline, regional specialist care advisors & support groups.

We fund research to find a cure. PSPA receives no statutory funding and relies totally on voluntary income to fund our work. Although there are no treatments much can be done to improve quality of life for those affected and our aim is to ensure no one feels isolated and has access to the appropriate support that is vital from point of diagnosis. There are up to 6000 people living in the UK with PSP at any one time.

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