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Occtopus Oxford Colon Cancer Trust £4,000
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Occtopus Oxford Colon Cancer Trust

OCCTOPUS, Oxford Colon Cancer Trust is a local charity with an influence across Oxfordshire and beyond...

OCCTOPUS, Oxford Colon Cancer Trust is a local charity with an influence across Oxfordshire and beyond. Founded in 2003 its aim is the better diagnosis, treatment and education for diseases of the bowel, often a bit of a Cinderella subject. There are 110 new cases of colon or bowel cancer diagnosed in the UK every day and it is the fourth most common cancer. Ulcerative colitis and Crohns disease affect young people at a crucial time in their life and can run a long term debilitating course. A seemingly normal delivery of a baby can damage the pelvic floor and incontinence can be devastating. OCCTOPUS is the champion for all these sometimes neglected problems and helps the team at the Oxford University Hospitals with the funding for research into new treatments, education for the doctors of the future, and purchase of new equipment for keyhole surgery which the NHS cannot afford.

OCCTOPUS has raised around £1m during the last 10 years enabling the Oxford group to become one of the best in the country with benefits for patients from all walks of life in our area. Some 800 patients a year are indirectly affected by our work. One recent US visitor remarked that the influence of the group was international with such a tiny infrastructure. There are minimal running costs, and we employ a part time administrator working from an office provided by the hospital.

SeeSaw £15,000
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SeeSaw

The purpose of SeeSaw is to provide a county-wide service for children, young people and their families in Oxfordshire when they are facing the death of a parent or a sibling, and following a bereavement. Childhood bereavement results in significantly increased risk of children and young people being disadvantaged due to emotional, behavioural, educational and mental health issues (Childhood Bereavement Network Statistics: What We Know in 2015)...

The purpose of SeeSaw is to provide a county-wide service for children, young people and their families in Oxfordshire when they are facing the death of a parent or a sibling, and following a bereavement. Childhood bereavement results in significantly increased risk of children and young people being disadvantaged due to emotional, behavioural, educational and mental health issues (Childhood Bereavement Network Statistics: What We Know in 2015). We believe that with appropriate and timely help, the impact of bereavement can be reduced and young people will be able to face the future with hope and fulfil their potential.

Our aims are:
• To provide a bereavement support service available to any family in Oxfordshire, whatever the cause of death;
• To provide a rapid response to requests for support;
• To work without having a waiting list;
• To demonstrate best practise through evaluation and service user involvement;
• To provide support and training for professionals working with bereaved young people in schools, social care, youth offending and hospitals.

We have a superb team of Volunteer Support Workers (VSWs) who do much of our one to one support with children, after school hours in order to minimise disruption to the child’s education. Since SeeSaw began we have trained over 50 VSWs in an intensive 40 hour programme including child bereavement theories, counselling skills, safeguarding as well as personal reflection.

SSNAP £25,000
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SSNAP

SSNAP has provided support to families and their babies in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford for 35 years...

SSNAP has provided support to families and their babies in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford for 35 years. Our support includes:

• Providing state of the art neonatal medical equipment, such as incubators and monitoring systems
• Provide emotional and practical support to families via our team of Family Support workers and volunteers
• Support families with travel expenses and accommodation if needed
• Enable nursing staff to update their skills via neonatal study days and courses
• Support newborn medical research by co-funding certain projects
• Furnish family rooms and quiet areas.

The Chiltern Centre for Disabled Children £6,000
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The Chiltern Centre for Disabled Children

The Chiltern Centre for Disabled Children supports around 30 families across South Oxfordshire and The Thames Valley...

The Chiltern Centre for Disabled Children supports around 30 families across South Oxfordshire and The Thames Valley. All the children and young people have learning disabilities with associated communication and behavioural difficulties. Many have additional complex medical needs including sensory impairments, mobility issues, epilepsy, complex feeding needs and long term health issues including cerebral palsy. We have provided a unique range of short break respite care for disabled children and young people for over 10 years, providing the chance for children and young people to live life to the full, whilst offering practical and emotional support to their parents and families.

The Centre is a warm, safe and stimulating environment. It is adapted and equipped to cater for children and young people with physical, developmental and learning disabilities. Our facilities include a multi-sensory and soft play room, comfortable lounge equipped with TV and computers, a garden with a range of specialist sensory and play equipment as well as bathrooms and bedrooms with hoisting facilities.

The Chiltern Centre provides after school, youth group, daily, weekly, weekend and holiday care. We are able help children and young people enjoy the everyday experiences most take for granted.

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