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Would you like to raise money for a local charity whilst taking part in the St Albans Half Marathon, Walking Half, 5K or Fun Run?

St Albans Half Marathon donates all profits to local charities and organisations.  But why stop there?  If you would like to raise a bit more, why not set up a fundraising page and gain sponsorship for taking part in the event!

Here are a few local charities we work with and contact details if you would like to run for them:


  

www.billyswish.org.uk
Registered Charity Number: 1150909

What does the charity do and how is it connected to St Albans?
Billy’s Wish is a charity that was set up following the murder of 21 year old Billy Dove, in Hemel Hempstead, on 6th November 2011.  The charity’s aim was to prevent knife crime through education and over the last 4 years it has produced 3 zone PSHE Education programme. Zone 1, which is aimed at primary schools, looks at keeping safe, and discusses bullying, internet safety, safe adults, peer pressure and more. Zones 2 and 3 are aimed at secondary schools, and these two zones cover gangs, knives and the law, the consequences of knife crime and the judicial system.

The education programme has won several awards and has recently launched a much more in depth programme, with 18 lesson plans (6 per zone), resources, Powerpoint presentations, handouts etc. Feedback from schools and police has been overwhelming, and the charity is working in partnership with Hertfordshire Constabulary and various other agencies to keep our young people safe.

If you would like to register your interest, please contact:
Jan Maddern
jan@billyswish.org.uk
07711 066696


www.youthtalk.org.uk
Registered Charity Number: 1063572

What does the charity do and how is it connected to St Albans?

Youth Talk offers one-to-one counselling to 45 to 50 young people each week who are aged between 13 -25 and who are receiving education, working or living in the District of St Albans. We work closely with local secondary schools, GP surgeries and directly with young people who are suffering from depression, anxiety or stress. Each year around 200 young people are seen at Youth Talk for counselling. In addition, we offer a signposting and consultation service for young people, parents and professionals to help them receive the guidance and information they need. We work on a self-referral basis so promoting personal responsibility. Being centrally located in a town house just off the High Street in St Albans, we are easy to get to and we provide a discrete, secure, warm and non-judgmental environment. All our counsellors are qualified therapists and highly experienced in working with young people. Our focus is providing early access to counselling as this has been shown to improve emotional and mental health and strengthen resilience.

If you would like to register your interest, please contact:
Joanna Banks
01727 868684
info@youthtalk.org.uk


 

Website
Registered Charity Number:  1053338

What does the charity do and how is it connected to St Albans?

Mount Vernon Cancer Centre is at the forefront of cancer care, delivering the most up-to-date treatments to over 500 patients from St Albans every year.  The clinical team prides itself on providing each patient with first class care, working hard to provide the best possible care in a professional and compassionate manner.  Through its work with other cancer organisations, Mount Vernon is one of the leading cancer centres in the UK when it comes to researching new treatments.  Mount Vernon Cancer Centre Charitable Fund, part of East and North Herts Hospitals Charity, based in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, supports the excellent work carried out by the staff and makes a difference to all patients and their loved ones. Through fundraising and donations we provide equipment and services that complement those provided through NHS funding.  This includes buying specialist equipment, refurbishing patient and visitor areas and providing information and support to our patients and their loved ones. 

If you would like to register your interest, please contact:
Liz Hizli
020 3826 2517
elizabeth.hizli@nhs.net


www.stalbansmencap.org.uk
Registered Charity Number:  210073

 What does the charity do and how is it connected to St Albans?

The charity focuses on providing day, weekend and evening respite to children and adults, in and around St Albans. We currently support over 200 members in the St Albans district alone, whom have a range of mild - severe disabilities. The service users benefit from the social aspect of the service, alongside building on their independence and self-esteem, through the opportunities they gain access to.

If you would like to register your interest, please contact:

Stacey Smith
07979 612363 / 01727 863813
staceysmith@stalbansmencap.org.uk


 www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk
Registered Charity Number:  1117148

What does the charity do and how is it connected to St Albans?

Crohn’s and Colitis UK is a national charity with a strong local connection. Founded in St Albans in 1979 by two parents whose daughter had been diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, Crohn’s and Colitis UK provides information and support to everyone affected by Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, the two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. We campaign to improve healthcare and services and fund vital research; ultimately, we want to find a cure.

Crohn’s and Colitis UK, Mid and East Herts group work locally in the community to organise social meet-ups for people affected by Crohn’s and Colitis, patient information days and much needed awareness.

If you would like to register your interest, please contact:
Kathryn Boal
01727 734489
kathryn.boal@crohnsandcolitis.org.uk




www.add-vance.org
Registered Charity Number:  1158968

What does the charity do and how is it connected to St Albans?

ADD-vance is a charity supporting families of children & young people who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and /or Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) across Hertfordshire. Despite at least 1% of the population having ASD and 3-9% of the school age population being affected by ADHD, the pervasive and widely held misconception is that ‘poor parenting’ is to blame. ADD-vance addresses the social isolation & exclusion, high levels of anxiety and poor mental health that are often a direct result of this lack of acceptance which is often debilitating for the whole family. Established as a support group in St Albans in 1996, ADD-vance now supports more than 3000 families and involved professionals throughout Hertfordshire. Its Founder and Director, Anne Ross, still lives in St Albans as do many of its members and although ADD-vance offers services throughout Herts, many of them remain St Albans-based including: a monthly, supervised support group; 1-2-1 coaching in the home; parent carer courses & workshops & bespoke training for professionals. In addition, local families can access the helpline (5 days a week) and the closed Facebook group enabling them to receive support when it is difficult to leave their home.

If you would like to register your interest, please contact:
Anne Ross
01727 833963
anne.ross@add-vance.org




www.teensunitefightingcancer.org
Registered Charity Number:  1118361

What does the charity do and how is it connected to St Albans?

Teens Unite are the only UK charity to provide ongoing support to young people (aged 13-24 years) with cancer, from the moment of diagnosis through to post-remission.  We provide regular workshops and activities tailored to the interests, needs and capabilities of the young people we support.  These activities are designed to re-build the confidence and self-esteem so easily lost during a battle with cancer, and provide the opportunities for the young people to build vital peer support networks to help them through this time.

Another part of our work is to hold activities in teenage cancer wards, where those that may be too unwell to attend our other events can take time to meet others in similar situations. 

The good news is that over 84% of young people with cancer survive for five years or more.  The Teens Unite Discover You Programme helps young people prepare for a future beyond cancer by providing a motivational conference and career and CV workshops to energise the young people to re-enter education and employment.

We create a warm and friendly environment where the young people can share their thoughts, feelings, hopes and fears with those who truly understand what they are going through.

If you would like to register your interest, please contact:
Chantelle Hutchings
01992 440091
chantelle@teensunitefightingcancer.org




www.peacehospicecare.org.uk
Registered Charity Number:  1002878

What does the charity do and how is it connected to St Albans?

As a local Hertfordshire hospice, our charity works to support everyone in the community facing a life limiting illness. We do this through inpatient care; a hospice at home service; rehabilitation and wellbeing services for people earlier in their illness and supportive services like bereavement counselling. Our aim is to provide a holistic service which offers dignity, respect and choice over the place of care.

Last year we had 1736 referrals for our services (excluding supportive services like counselling).  Of these, 104 were for people from St Albans of whom 26 were admitted to our inpatient unit. Over 2 years we have had nearly 200 referrals from St Albans. We are seeing increasing demand and numbers from St Albans, especially as we now work closely with neighbouring hospices to triage to appropriate services.

We have a presence in London Colney through our retail shop, and in January opened a new shop in St Albans. We also draw on a volunteer network and staff from in and around St Albans and Watford and we have some fantastic corporate supporters based in St Albans including SA Law, Aitcheson Raffety and KDW Associates amongst others.

If you would like to register your interest, please contact:
Ropinder Gill
01923 335346
rgill@peacehospicecare.org.uk



http://elizabethslegacyofhope.org
Registered Charity Number:  1141287

What does the charity do and how is it connected to St Albans?

Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope (ELoH) provides vital support for children who have lost their limbs through war, accidents and lack of access to medical care.

The charity was founded in 2011 by Harpenden-based Sarah Hope and her twin-sister Victoria Bacon after a terrible bus collision that affected three generations of their family.  Sarah and Victoria's mother Elizabeth tragically died, Sarah was badly injured and her 2-year-old daughter Pollyanna had to have her right leg amputated below the knee.

Pollyanna has received fantastic care in the UK, but there are thousands of child amputees in less developed countries who receive little or no support.  As a result, they are unable to walk, do not have access to education and are isolated from society - making them some of the most vulnerable children in the world.

ELoH was set up to respond to this. Through tailored projects, the charity gives opportunity and hope to child amputees in some of the poorest parts of the world.  Thanks to its supporters, hundreds of children are receiving limbs, surgery, education and counselling - enabling them to walk, go to school and lead happy and healthy lives.

If you would like to register your interest, please contact:
Emilie Schultze
07718 426036
emilie@elizabethslegacyofhope.org



 www.verulamiumatplay.org.uk

Registered Charity Number:  1170476

What does the charity do and how is it connected to St Albans?

We are a brand new charity set up by the local community to raise funds to redesign and replace the existing playground in Verulamium Park.  The existing playground was built more than 30 years ago and is in dire need of repair.

We are also concerned that the play provision is aimed at able bodied children and therefore segregates families with additional needs and prevents them from using this playground.

Our aim is to raise enough money to redesign and replace the entire playground in order to provide an innovative, exciting and inspirational playground for all young children to play, explore, learn and develop.

If you would like to register your interest, please contact:
verulamiumatplay@gmail.com



www.abbeyfield.com
Registered Charity Number:  200719

What does the charity do and how is it connected to St Albans?

Abbeyfield is a leading voluntary sector provider of housing, care and support to vulnerable older people who no longer feel able to cope in their own homes.  Our residents are part of the "Abbeyfield Family", where we focus on looking after their social and mental wellbeing.

Grace Muriel house in Tavistock Avenue, St Albans, is home to 37 residents and has great links with the local community, volunteers and community organisations.  We also welcome non-resident local older people to join us for a meal and companionship at Christmas and other times, and to enjoy our lovely garden and summer house.

Our head office in St Albans town centre provides support to all our houses including those in nearby Radlett, Hemel Hempstead, Kings Langley, Abbots Langley, Potters Bar and Berkampstead.

The original Abbeyfield home, founded by Richard Carr-Gomm in 1956, provided a home for lonely elderly people where they could find companionship in a worry free environment.  Tackling loneliness is just as relevant today as it was then, with more than 51% of our over 75s living alone and the effects found to be more dangerous than obesity or smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

If you would like to register your interest, please contact:
Katy Chason
01727 734092
k.chason@abbeyfield.com




www.home-startherts.org.uk
Registered Charity Number:  

What does the charity do and how is it connected to St Albans?

Being a parent can be fun, full of laughter and full of love.  It can also be frustrating, challenging and completely overwhelming, especially if you have additional challenges to deal with - illness, bereavement, depression, redundancy or other issues.  During these times it is hard to continue providing the routines, meals, cuddles and activities your children need.  We know that it is hard to ask for help, but actually, it is one of the most valuable things you can do to build your family's future.

Home-Start recruit and train volunteers with parenting experience to visit families in their own home.  The volunteers provide practical and emotional support, empowering parents to help them get back on their feet.  Once a volunteer is matched with the family they will visit every week for 2 - 3 hours, building supportive and trusted relationships.  You can contact us directly or you may want to be referred by someone else (health visitor, friends, children's centre).

Each year we support just over 100 families and between 200 - 250 children across the St Albans District. 

If you would like to register your interest, please contact:
Suzy Moody
07712 658055


If you are a local charity or a charity with strong connections to St Albans and are looking to use the event as a platform to raise money in 2017, then we would love to hear from you.  We only offer main beneficiary charity places, however we would be happy to list you on this page as a local charity with runners/walkers participating in the event.
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