The following charities have been nominated in the past –
East Anglia Children’s Hospice
This charity supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. They can provide specialist nursing care, short breaks, counselling and end of life care, either in the Norfolk hospice at Framingham Earl, or in the community.
Norfolk Accident Rescue Service
Over the years, this charity has helped to provide equipment and training for local doctors to respond to serious road traffic accidents. All the members are volunteers and offer their services free of charge in their spare time. The organisation is funded completely by donations, it receives no government or health service funding.
Norfolk Age UK
Age UK Norfolk is an independent local charity, supporting older people by providing high quality services. This could be giving confidential information and advice to anyone over the age of 50, helping with benefits or with funding, assisting filling in forms, or setting up social care assessments. They have a ‘befriending’ service to tackle the problem of loneliness, and can give up to date information on vacancies in local care homes.
Priscilla Bacon Lodge
The current Priscilla Bacon Lodge was established 40 years ago, and now money is being raised to build a new Priscilla Bacon Hospice. This will help to meet the ever-increasing demand for inpatient beds as well as day and respite care. The new hospice will be built on a semi-rural site close to the N&N hospital and will have the very best facilities for patients and supporting their loved ones through bereavement.
This charity provides respite care in a holiday setting for disabled people and their carers. They run 3 holiday centres in Essex, Southampton and Southport, where short breaks can be relaxing, however they also offer trips and activities, all in a worry free environment.
Lilac (Ladies in League Against Cancer)
A fundraising group set up to support the Big C, locally they pay a bursary for 2 students to study cancer at the UEA. In the past they have provided a state of the art research camera which can photograph and record changes in cell structure. Also they donate to the cancer centre at the N&N.
Norfolk’s cancer charity, raising money so that people with cancer can be treated locally. It also helps towards buying equipment for our hospitals and providing funding towards research at the Norfolk Research Park.
Dereham Cancer Care
This volunteer run centre is based at Cowper Road and provides information and support for anyone whose life has been touched by cancer. This could be learning about equipment available to improve day-to-day living, or setting up some counselling or therapies. The centre gives people a place to meet others and build a support network, vital for those with cancer and their carers.
East Anglia Air Ambulance
This charity provides a helicopter emergency medical service for all the people of East Anglia. It flies with a crew of specialist pre-hospital doctors and critical care paramedics, and flies patients to the most appropriate hospital for their needs. They were the first air ambulance in the country to attend incidents in the hours of darkness to unknown and unlit sites.
This Norwich based charity aims to maximise independent living and prevent homelessness in the community by offering a hand up – housing, support and care – to the most vulnerable, and to increase compassion within our community. They have a range of services, from emergency hostel accommodation to training courses to help people build up their skills and self-esteem.
Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability
A person is admitted to hospital with a head injury once every 3 minutes in the UK. At the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability many patients are learning to cope with a disability due to an accident, a brain injury like a stroke, or because they have a neurological condition like Huntington’s disease. This national charity is independent of the NHS and provides specialist assessments, rehabilitation and long-term care, alongside additional therapies, offering hope and emotional support for patients and their families.
Papyrus is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. Suicide is the biggest killer of under 35s in the UK, and every year many thousands more attempt or contemplate suicide, harm themselves or suffer alone, afraid to speak openly about how they are feeling. Papyrus aims to provide confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about a young person through their helpline, HOPELINEUK (0800 068 4141) They also deliver training programmes to healthcare professionals and school staff.
Every day, the Samaritans respond to around 10,000 calls for help, offering no judgement, and no pressure. They are available, day or night, for anyone who’s struggling to cope, who needs someone to listen, and they have special teams for prisons, schools, hospitals and on the rail network. Samaritans are working with people who are going through a difficult time, which could be any one of us. Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy, and Samaritans’ vision is that fewer people die by suicide.