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On this page, there are links to a number of charity sites - this can never claim to be an exhaustive list and an appearance here doesn't mean that I endorse one charity above any other. The sites listed here are in alphabetical order and no other. They are here simply because I am aware of their web site. If you know of, or represent, any other charity which has a web presence, please let me have details and I will be happy to include details for you.

As things stand, I am restricting this list to those charities with a web site - I don't have the time to produce a telephone book - sorry!

Action for Blind People
Action for Blind People - Every month over 2500 people lose their sight. Run for us and make a real difference to someone's life. Join our 'Action Team' now.
Alzheimers Society
Alzheimer's Society - fund the best scientific research into the cause, cure and care for dementia.
Anthony Nolan
Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Trust - Leukaemia can strike anyone at any time. The Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Trust provides hope for 7000 sufferers, many of them children. By joining Team Nolan at London or other events, you will be joining a team dedicated to beating leukaemia and helping sufferers whose only chance of survival is a bone marrow transplant.
Aplastic Anaemia Trust
Aplastic Anaemia Trust - Aplastic Anaemia is a life threatening disease that is particularly severe in children. The disease stops the function of bone marrow, disabling the production of blood cells therefore causing patients to suffer symptoms similar to leukaemia. The main fund raising event for the Aplastic Anaemia Trust is the annual LONDON PARIS TRIATHLON held in June with a choice of distances to cater for triathletes of all abilities. The swim (1k or 500m) and the run (10k or 6k) take place in Hyde Park London. Athletes are then transported to Paris by Eurostar and the following day complete a 90k cycle (45k counting towards the race result). The cost of the event is £325, all inclusive, for the weekend and entrants are expected to raise a minimum of £1,000 in sponsorship. Further information can be obtained from Anna Martin, Fundraising Co-ordinator of the Aplastic Anaemia Trust on 0208 725 0390 or email theaat@sghms.ac.uk
Aspire
Aspire - Association for Spinal Injury Research Rehabilitation and Reintegration. This is the official charity of the British Triathlon Association for 2003. The activities of ASPIRE reach out nationwide. Our work includes purchasing specialist equipment for individuals who are paralysed; creating personal development and back-to-work training courses; research into technology to benefit people with disabilities and promoting integration between disabled and non-disabled people through sport.
Barnardos
Barnardos - children only get one chance at childhood. Barnardo's makes sure that they can make the most of it, whatever their circumstances. Through our projects in your local community we support thousands of children, young people and their families to overcome problems like abuse, homelessness and poverty and to tackle the challenges of disability.
Bendrigg Trust
Bendrigg Trust - "Adventure for All" is a motto adopted by the Trust. The Bendrigg Trust is a residential activity centre located in beautiful countryside between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales. It is one of few centres in the UK running holidays and residential courses specifically for people with special needs. Set in 15 acres of grounds, the main accommodation unit at Bendrigg Lodge has just been extensively refurbished to extend the facilities available for people with more severe disabilities. Groups and individuals come to the Centre, for a week or weekend, from schools + colleges for children with special needs, homes, hostels, clubs, hospitals, community groups and disability organisations. There is no age limit and all ages and abilities can take part in the activities. Programmes are ‘tailor-made’ for each group and a wide variety of activities can be incorporated. These may include: climbing, abseiling, canoeing, caving, sailing and orienteering. Bendrigg is open throughout the year and a team of qualified and experienced tutors are employed to deliver the activities. Bendrigg Trust is registered by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority as licensed to provide Climbing, Caving, Trekking and Watersports activities. For further details contact: Trevor Clarke, Bendrigg Trust, Old Hutton, Kendal, Cumbria. Tel: 01 539 723 766
Breakthrough
Breakthrough Breast Cancer - is a charity committed to fighting breast cancer through research and awareness and has established the UK's first dedicated breast cancer research centre.
Breast Cancer Campaign
Breast Cancer Campaign - The UK has the highest breast cancer death rate in the world. The Breast Cancer Campaign wants to understand why and do something about it. We aim to find the missing pieces of the puzzle that is the cure for breast cancer.
British Heart Foundation
British Heart Foundation - heart disease kills 170,000 people in the UK every year. But many more lives are saved and cared for with the help of the British Heart Foundation.
Bullying Online
Bullying Online - this is a small charity with a high profile which carries out its work all over the UK helping parents and children through our website. We don't have expensive offices and Liz Carnell works full time to help support the charity which last year had an income of £15,200. More than 400,000 people have accessed information on our website in the last four years and we've replied to more than 20,500 emails. Every penny we get goes directly on the charity's running costs.
Cancer Research UK
Cancer Research UK - the combined forces and resources of Imperial Cancer Research Fund and The Cancer Research Campaign - more than 1 in 3 people will develop cancer at some point in their lives. Run for those who can't.
Catch22
Catch22 - Catch22 is a national charity working across England and Wales. We work with young people who find themselves in seemingly impossible situations. Our services help them develop the confidence and skills to find solutions that are right for them - whether it’s getting back into school or training, choosing to stay out of trouble, finding a safe place to live or helping them to live independently after leaving care or custody. As young people become more positive, productive and independent, the whole community benefits.
Children in Crisis
Children in Crisis - Every day over 35,000 children die from war, poverty, disease and neglect. Take Positive Steps NOW to help Children in Crisis provide long term support and relief to the "forgotten children" of the world. Turn their crisis into your challenge by running for them.
Children Today
Children Today - this is a small charity which funds equipment for children with disabilities, from computers to adapted tricycles, bath hoists, walking frames etc.. Many people assume that a child or young person with a disability would automatically get the equipment they need; sadly this is not the case. Often children and young people with disabilities remain excluded from a lifestyle which other people take for granted. Many families, because of budget constraints, cannot afford to purchase the essential equipment that their child needs for mobility, education and development. In some cases the absence of properly adapted housing or failure to acquire essential equipment can result in children having to move from their home into residential care. Children Today provides grants for specialist equipment and aids that improve and enhance the quality of life for disabled children, giving them greater independence and the chance to take part in the same sorts of activities as others.
Children with Leukaemia
Children with Leukaemia - your support will help fight the biggest child-killer disease in our country.
Cystic Fibrosis Trust
Cystic Fibrosis Trust - Since its birth in 1964, we have been working to improve the lives of CF sufferers, raise the profile of CF and fund research into a cure.
Diabetes UK
Diabetes UK - help us make this a thing of the past.
Epilepsy Action
Epilepsy Action - Epilepsy Action is the new working name for British Epilepsy Association. Our website contains everything you need to know about epilepsy - and, if you can't find something, email us using our Email Helpline service and we will do our best to email you a reply within 48 hours. "We want to live in a society where everyone understands epilepsy and where attitudes towards people with epilepsy are based on fact not fiction."
Fit and Well
Fit and Well - not a registered charity, but an information site for people suffering from epilepsy. "Studies show that between 0.5% to 2% of people will develop epilepsy during their lifetime. Sadly, epilepsy is far from being fully understood. But there is hope. With this website, we hope to provide you with details and information that can help you understand and cope with epilepsy. Dealing with epilepsy, or with people afflicted with the illness, need not be overwhelming. Instead, we aim to provide you with the knowledge that will enable you or your loved ones to still live life to the fullest. Epilepsy may change your life. But how it will affect you is in your hands."
Get Kids Going
Get Kids Going! - run for kids who can't. Help us provide sport and mobility equipment for disabled children and young people.
Guide Dogs for the Blind
Guide Dogs for the Blind - Be a part of the Guide Dogs Running Team - all are welcome.
Hearing dogs
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People - Deafness is the invisible charity. Help us complete the picture - run for us.
Institute of Cancer Research
Institute of Cancer Research - home of the everyman campaign: action against male cancer. The Institute's mission is to relieve human suffering by pursuing excellence in the fight against cancer. Please help us.
International Alert
International Alert - International Alert is a peacebuilding organisation that works with communities affected by violent conflict. We currently work in 20 countries and territories in Africa, Asia and Latin America, helping people to build a lasting peace. Help us build peace by joining our running team and raising valuable funds to support our work. We currently have places in both The ASICS British 10k London Run and the Great South Run. So if you are interested in ‘running for peace’ please contact Paul on 020 7627 6863 or via e-mail at plow@international-alert.org.
Just Giving
Just Giving - build your own personal website here and then get donations to your favourite charities by email from your friends, family and acquaintances. This is ideal as a 'sponsorship' forum and saves trailing round to collect your sponsorship money. The system also enables a more rapid reclaim of tax which increases all donations by 28%. This has got to be one of the easiest and most effective ways of raising money for a sponsored run.
Laura Crane Trust
Laura Crane Trust - A trust founded specifically to fund research into the rare types of cancer affecting young people in the 15-25 age group. We also support measures to improve the quality of life for these young cancer patients during their frequent and debilitating stays in hospital.
Leonard Cheshire
Leonard Cheshire - creating opportunities with disabled people.
Lesbian & Gay Foundation
Lesbian & Gay Foundation - There are a wide range of different initiatives and partnerships that the LGF is involved in and many other ways the LGF works to end homophobia and empower people. For example, the LGF Helpline is a vital telephone support service available from 6pm-10pm, 365 days a year. Staffed by fully trained and dedicated volunteer operators, the Helpline is the main access point to the agency for many people referring callers to groups, counselling and other support services. In 2005, the Helpline celebrated its 30th birthday.
Leukaemia Research Fund
Leukaemia Research Fund - breaking new ground in the fight against leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related cancers of the blood.
Marie Curie Cancer Care
Marie Curie Cancer Care - Go the distance with Marie Curie Cancer care and help support patients and their families coping with cancer. Go the extra mile and help us in the fight against cancer.
Medicine and Chernobyl UK
Medicine & Chernobyl UK (Ribble Valley Branch) - The Charity is organised by volunteer groups to help people of Belarus after the nuclear power station disaster. Following the accident at Chernobyl in April 1986, the republic of Belarus, a former Soviet Republic, received 70% of the radioactive fall-out caused by the explosion, which created contamination 90 times greater than that of Hiroshima. More than 2 million people, including hundreds of thousands of children, are still living in these contaminated areas. Since the disaster, childhood cancer of the Thyroid has increased dramatically; children also suffer from stomach disorders and many children have been born with genetic disorders as a consequence of the radiation suffered by their parents. Investigations have shown that a child removed from the contaminated areas for one month's respite care suffers fewer ailments during the winter months. These children are in need of proper nutrition in order to strengthen their immune systems to minimise the physical and psychological effects of the nuclear disaster. You can help in many ways, including entering one of our 10k events in Preston.
Motor Neurone Disease Association
Motor Neurone Disease Association - For over 20 years the MND Association has provided care and support for people with MND and their families as well as funding vital research into causes, treatments and a cure for MND.
MS Research
MS Research Training and Education - MS Research Training and Education (Charity Number: 1043280) raises funds to enable research that will address its aims and further progress in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). In addition the charity will promote and support training and education to further knowledge and involvement of those who live with MS and those who treat it. It encourages volunteers to help in these aims through fundraising and general support duties such as office work, collections or organising an event. It makes appeals to involve persons with MS in the research projects.
National Asthma Campaign
National Asthma Campaign - asthma is about more than wheezing now and then. For some it's a matter of life and death. Run for us and help us to fund research to find a cure.
NCH
NCH - improves the lives of the UK's most vulnerable children and young people by providing a diverse and innovative range of services for them and their families and by campaigning on their behalf.
Operation Smile
Operation Smile - Paul Tergat says (talking in Runner's World, July 2002) "I'd like to raise awareness of Operation Smile in England, as it's a charity that works really hard to provide free surgery for kids with facial deformities (such as cleft palates and hare lips) in poor countries. In Kenya, kids like this are often hidden away by their family because they think it's a curse. Also a lot of these kids are out in the country and there are few specialists to help them. Operation Smile has helped transform the lives of thousands of Kenyan kids."
Parkinsons Disease Society
Parkinsons Disease Society - Parkinson's Disease affects over 120,000 people in the UK and there is no known cure. Help us work towards a time when every person has equal and ready access to the best information, research, treatment and care.
PHAB
PHAB - making more of life together - make your personal achievement count and give them an equal chance.
Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation
Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation - 40,000 new cases of lung cancer are diagnosed each year in the UK. With an average life expectancy of just 4 months, only 5% will survive beyond 5 years. Please help to fund the world's only research centre dedicated to defeating this devastating disease.
Royal National Institute for the Blind
Royal National Institute for the Blind - the RNIB seeks to provide practical support and advice to anyone with a sight problem and their web site is also a good point of reference for advice for those seeking information.
Royal National Lifeboat Institution
Royal National Lifeboat Institution - your efforts will raise funds to help us save lives at sea
Shelter
Shelter - well known national charity campaigning for and supporting homeless children and young people.
Sparks
SPort Aiding medical Research for KidS - SPARKS' mission is to ensure the good health of future generations of children by funding research into a number of illnesses and conditions such as rare childhood cancers, blood disorders and spina bifida. SPARKS wants to give every child in the UK the chance of a healthy start in life.
Starlight logo
Starlight Children's Foundation - children's charity web site, for those with serious illnesses.
Sustrans
Join Sustrans - help make cycling a safe and enjoyable experience.
Teech
TEECH - this is a UK registered charity since 1999 which takes aid to, and carries out projects in, Eastern Europe.
Tommys
Tommys - in the UK alone, 400 babies are lost every day through complications in both pregnancy and birth. Any money you raise will help end the pain parents feel when their baby dies.
Tusk Trust
Tusk - Over the last fifteen years Tusk has supported more than 30 projects in 15 African countries. Many of these are still ongoing - for more information please look at the projects page. We believe in providing long term support for projects and can be relied upon to provide funds for emergency situations. The majority of the Trust's funds are raised through an annual appeal to UK charitable trusts, a number of which have supported Tusk's work regularly each year. In addition to the trust income, Tusk has an international membership scheme for individuals, which is growing year by year. We are particularly keen to encourage children and students to join and have produced an education "Wildlife in Danger" booklet for school children. The Trust arranges a wide range of fund raising events from dinners, fashion shows, theatre evenings and lecture events at the Royal Geographical Society, to Go-Karting, Marathon running and parachuting!
Variety Club of GB
Variety Club of Great Britain - The Variety Club Children's Charity exists to improve the quality of life for sick, disabled and disadvantaged children throughout the country. The past 50 years show that Variety Club has a wonderful track-record of helping where help is needed. With the generous contributions from the public, our impact on deprived youngsters has been tremendous and we have raised over £170 million for them. As long as there are disadvantaged children in the United Kingdom our work remains incomplete.
Whizz-Kidz
Whizz-Kidz - improves the lives of disabled kids by providing customised wheelchairs and tricycles to give them independent mobility.
Winged Fellowship Trust
Vitalise (formerly Winged Fellowship Trust) - the leading provider of holidays for disabled people, enabling their carers to take a much-needed rest. Make a difference. Run for us.
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